I’ve been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Do I tell my manager? My children? My partner? | Leading questions

The value of telling your mental health story is well-publicised, writes advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith. But though it is less visible, privacy has value too

I have recently been diagnosed as having high-functioning ASD, what used to be called Asperger’s. It is helpful, as I approach 60, to understand why relationships, social situations and oral communications are so challenging for me, particularly in the work context.

But many seem to express the view that “everybody has a diagnosis these days”. Others remain discriminatory, so at this stage I’ve only told one person – a friend in the UK (herself diagnosed as bipolar). Do I tell a manager at work? My teenage children? My partner?

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