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Francine Russo

Freelance writer

Francine Russo is a veteran journalist, specializing in psychology and behavior. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, Time magazine, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine and The Village Voice, among other publications. She is also a speaker and author of “They’re Your Parents, Too! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy.”


February 2018
illustration: a woman looking happy on the left and sad or serious on the right.

The costs of camouflaging autism

by  /  21 February 2018

Many girls hide their autism, sometimes evading diagnosis well into adulthood. These efforts can help women on the spectrum socially and professionally, but they can also do serious harm.