What do readers think? Obviously autistic teens are being taught essentially that it's bad to be autistic but they shouldn't worry about it because they are "recovered" now. Is this good, bad or indifferent, considering these teens are probably able to pass (with an unknown amount of effort)?
In a letter to BMJ, a psychiatrist named Sami Timimi provides an anecdotal account of autistic teens asking to be undiagnosed:
In my clinical practice I often come across children and adolescents who are labelled autistic. When I focus on their abilities I often find much about them that does not fit the autistic discourse. Once I reopen the question of diagnosis many adolescents ask me to officially "undiagnose" them, which their parents are usually very pleased about.
I can see why a teenager might not want the "autistic" label. And it's not surprising that most parents would be pleased, even though the child is the same child before and after the label is removed. But there's obviously something wrong with this, in a social sense.