Could I Be Autistic? The ultimate guide for women & AFABs
Autism screening tests are a good starting point for establishing whether you might be autistic. But there are other questions which it's useful to ask yourself and which can help you establish whether you have autistic traits or whether your symptoms might be more likely to be due to a trauma history or other factors. This E-book covers what to look for as an autistic woman or AFAB.
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This shortened version of the AQ-50 tends to be what you'll complete at a GP appointment. Women, in particular, often don't achieve a score on the "cut off" point and it's useful to be aware of this before attending an initial appointment.
Empathy Quotient - EQ
Empathy and autism have a complex relationship. The idea that autistic people lack empathy is outdated, but many people experience differences in empathy. The EQ can be a useful indicator, but remember - many autistic people do not achieve a score which indicates potential autism because they do not experience empathy differences.