[73] S6, Ep6: Building a more authentic autistic life and relationships, and managing health and energy.
Topics in this episode: assessment process, cultural attitudes, employment, friendships, health, masking, relationships, self employment

Solgunn is a life coach from Oslo in Norway. She is 45 and was diagnosed autistic very recently, in April, following her husband’s diagnosis last year.

She has spent most of her working life in IT, web design, project management and consultancy, but after an unusual adverse reaction to medical treatment, which she believes is linked to her autistic physiology, she found herself suffering from ME and unable to work.

She now works part time as a coach, doing as much as her energy levels allow.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ The Norwegian autism assessment process, and Norwegian culture and autism

➡ Her experiences of masking and finding her more authentic self – and a supportive neurodivergent relationship

➡ The impact of her health problems, and the link between autism and physical reactions and symptoms, and how she’s learned to manage her energy

She also shares a beautiful childhood memory of autistic joy that I thought sums up the untranslatable autistic experience so well.

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.



Solgunn’s website:  https://verdiklemma.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/verdiklemma/


Information about the ADOS autism test: https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/diagnosis/diagnostic-tools/all-audiences#H2_1

Study on Oxidative Stress and Immune System Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders:


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