Time to Take the Mask Off – #TakeTheMaskOff — Neurodivergent Rebel

Autistic people with well-developed masks may do better in certain situations compared to autistics without masking skills. Still, masking may come with a heavy cost, leading to physical exhaustion, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and burnout. The mask can breed self-loathing, leading the wearer to believe the unmasked person is somehow damaged, flawed, or broken.

via Time to Take the Mask Off – #TakeTheMaskOff — Neurodivergent Rebel


4 thoughts on “Time to Take the Mask Off – #TakeTheMaskOff — Neurodivergent Rebel

  1. My intention isn’t to sound uncaring or unempathetic, and maybe I’m undiagnosed autistic, but I think a lot of what the article described as “masking” is what many/most people do and feel. So I don’t quite see why “masking” and “unmasking” is so important to someone with autism.

    1. Hey MJ, [is it ok to call you that, l saw you sign off at one point on that].

      I am on the spectrum, and masking up was a way of life for me for many years, until l basically stopped. I live my life my way these days and don’t bother with the masking up, but as said did it for years. I had to mask up to ensure l got through the day, So l can relate to the article very well.

      But also l have a different thought process on things and believe that more people are on the spectrum than many might like to think.

      Of course it is true many people both on and off the spectrum mask up.

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