Girls are better than boys when it comes to hiding. Well, this is what a new research has implied by revealing that many girls may have autism, but they can't be identified because they hide the signs so well.
According to figures, boys are nine times more likely to develop the condition than girls, which experts believed was because of genetic differences. However, the new research has dispelled the belief. The research by University College London and Bristol Universities revealed that many more females also have the same condition, but they do not come into the picture because of their better ability to mask the tell-tale signs than males.
But, this ability to hide those signs is not something to boast about; it is a whammy instead as it eventually leads to cause eating disorders and depression in those women. This is a serious concern that girls being able to cover up signs of autism create a situation wherein they get deprived from key treatments and therapy.
Caroline Hattersley, from the National Autistic Society said: "Historically, research on autism has focused mainly on the experiences of men and boys with the disability. This important study will therefore help us to better diagnose the condition in woman and girls".