[52] S4, Ep9: Dropping the mask and finding your core self after autism diagnosis
Topics in this episode: ADHD, autism at work, coming out, employment, masking, special interests, things that have changed for the better since diagnosis

Ann Mølgaard is a teacher at a sixth form college in Copenhagen in Denmark. She is 34 and was diagnosed autistic and ADHD in May this year, after being told that her initial referral had been declined because she was “too high functioning”. Since her diagnosis, she has chosen to be open about her neurodivergence with her colleagues and students.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Getting a diagnosis in Denmark

➡ Childhood bullying and feeling left out at school

➡ Losing herself through a lifetime of masking, and the ongoing process of returning to her core self

➡ Being an openly neurodivergent teacher

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



Ann’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annmolgaard/


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