Uncovering The Camouflage

A series about unmasking our authentic neurodivergent selves

Masking Story Series

We’ve published a number of stories on the topic of masking, and later unmasking, one’s neurodivergent characteristics and qualities.

Masking is hiding our neurodivergent traits in order to fit in with the majority neurotypical society.

The act of masking is different for everyone, the stress it takes on people is different for everyone, and the necessity to mask for one’s self-preservation is different for everyone.

As such, I am grateful to our fellow Neurodiversified writers for sharing their stories about masking and unmasking, to help share a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

Catherine Londero wrote a story entitled, “How To Stop Masking Your Neurodivergent True Self.”

Lula Maude wrote a story entitled “Taking Off The Mask: What would it really mean to stop masking my autistic traits?”

In June, I shared my story about losing my true self behind the mask, “I was Masking for So Long, I Lost Myself

Later, I compared Masking with Code Switching, discovering the similarities between the two social behaviours.

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We’re always on the lookout for more educational, informative, and well-written articles about ADHD, twice exceptionality, neurodiversity, parenting, advocacy, and education.

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Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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