I’m so glad to hear my writing has been helpful and validating! It’s so frustrating that your therapist had such a narrow view of how Autism manifests — lots of Autistic people are chatty, that’s where the whole phenomenon of “info-dumping” comes from! How irritating for her to brush the possibility off, especially when you already have a family history.
For me, being public about being Autistic was a gradual process, but I’m so grateful that I’ve started being bold about it. It’s really helped me connect with other people and spread the word. :)