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Em Rusciano reveals the shocking moment her 'friend' called her ADHD diagnosis a 'fad'


Em Rusciano reveals the shocking moment her ‘friend’ called her ADHD diagnosis a ‘fad’ to her face

Em Rusciano has fought to defend her attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism diagnosis online ever since it was confirmed last year. 

Now, the comedian, 43, has revealed at the National Press Club in Canberra even her own friends have questioned her disorder as ‘a trend’. 

‘When I told one particular friend I had ADHD, he responded with, “Oh god, why does everyone I know suddenly have that?”‘ she said on Wednesday. 

Em Rusciano, 43, (pictured) has fought to defend her attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism diagnosis online ever since it was confirmed last year

Em Rusciano, 43, (pictured) has fought to defend her attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism diagnosis online ever since it was confirmed last year

She continued, mocking her friend’s voice: ‘”It’s all over Insta and TikTok, I’m so sick of it.” Are you mate?

‘You know what, yeah, there has been an uptick in late diagnosis of ADHD in women and the AFAB [assigned female at birth] community over the last couple of years. 

‘So much, in fact, that many people have referred to it as a fad to my face.’ 

Now, the comedian, 43, has revealed at the National Press Club in Canberra even her own friends have questioned her disorder as 'a trend'

Now, the comedian, 43, has revealed at the National Press Club in Canberra even her own friends have questioned her disorder as ‘a trend’ 

Em went on to say she was hopeful the increase in diagnoses was not an increase in popularity but in visibility. 

It comes only months after the radio presenter vented about the struggles she faced trying to convince people her diagnosis is real. 

She expressed her frustration with ‘neurotypical people’ doubting her conditions in a video posted to Instagram.

It comes only months after the radio presenter vented about the struggles she faced trying to convince people her diagnosis is real

It comes only months after the radio presenter vented about the struggles she faced trying to convince people her diagnosis is real 

Without taking a breath, she ranted about having to ‘over-explain and justify’ her symptoms to people who can never understand what she’s been through.

Em also took aim at sceptics who claim she is ‘making it up’ or believe she is only saying she has ADHD and autism ‘for attention’. 

‘The neurodiverse urge to over-explain and justify your symptoms and lived experience to neurotypical people because you were diagnosed late and have learned how to mask your entire life and you don’t want them to think you’re making it up or doing it just for attention,’ she said.

Em also took aim at sceptics who claim she is 'making it up' or believe she is only saying she has ADHD and autism 'for attention'

Em also took aim at sceptics who claim she is ‘making it up’ or believe she is only saying she has ADHD and autism ‘for attention’ 

In her video, the former Australian Idol star alluded to ‘masking’, which refers to when people on the spectrum ‘feel the need to present or perform social behaviors that are considered neurotypical’.

Masking, or camouflaging, is particularly common in autistic women and can often lead to a diagnosis much later in life, like in Em’s case.

Examples of ‘masking’ include: forcing or faking eye contact during conversations when doing so would normally make the autistic person feel uncomfortable; imitating smiles and other facial expressions; mimicking gestures; scripting conversations; and hiding ‘quirky’ personal interests, according to Healthline.

Em’s three-year-old son, Elio, also has autism, and her 14-year-old daughter, Odette, has also been diagnosed with ADHD. 

Em's three-year-old son, Elio, also has autism, and her 14-year-old daughter, Odette, has also been diagnosed with ADHD. (Pictured with husband Scott Barrow, Odette and her other daughter Marchella)

Em’s three-year-old son, Elio, also has autism, and her 14-year-old daughter, Odette, has also been diagnosed with ADHD. (Pictured with husband Scott Barrow, Odette and her other daughter Marchella) 

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