Comedian Em Rusciano is concerned people will think she’s faking autism and ADHD

She was diagnosed with adult ADHD and autism last year, and was later forced to fend against accusations of ‘jumping on the bandwagon’.

And Em Rusciano expressed his frustration with ‘neurotypical people’ who doubt their conditions in a video posted on Instagram on Thursday.

Breathlessly, she ranted about having to ‘over-explain and justify’ her symptoms to people who can never understand what she’s been through.

Fighting back: Em Rusciano, who has autism and ADHD, expressed his frustration with 'neurotypical people' who doubt his conditions in a video posted to Instagram on Thursday

Fighting back: Em Rusciano, who has autism and ADHD, expressed his frustration with ‘neurotypical people’ who doubt his conditions in a video posted to Instagram on Thursday

The 43-year-old comedian and podcast host also took aim at skeptics who say she’s “making it up” or think she’s just saying she has ADHD and autism “for attention.”

“The neurodiverse need to over-explain and justify your symptoms and lived experience to neurotypical people because you were diagnosed late and learned to mask your whole life and you don’t want them to think you’re making it up or doing it.” just to get attention,’ she said.

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

Masking or camouflage is particularly common in autistic women and can often lead to a diagnosis much later in life, as in the case of Em.

Examples of ‘masking’ include: forcing or faking eye contact during conversations when doing so would normally make the autistic person uncomfortable; imitate smiles and other facial expressions; imitating gestures; conversation scripts; and concealing ‘peculiar’ personal interests, according to health line.

'Get in the bin': Last month, the presenter criticized members of the neurodivergent community for 'policing your experience' with the disorders.

‘Get in the bin’: Last month, the presenter criticized members of the neurodivergent community for ‘policing your experience’ with the disorders.

I've already punished myself too much!  In an impassioned Instagram post to her 220,000 followers, Em unleashed trolls for harassing her on social media over her diagnosis.

I’ve already punished myself too much! In an impassioned Instagram post to her 220,000 followers, Em unleashed trolls for harassing her on social media over her diagnosis.

Em’s three-year-old son, Elio, also has autism, and her 14-year-old daughter, Odette, has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Last month, the presenter criticized members of the neurodivergent community for “policing your experience” with the disorders.

In an impassioned Instagram post to her 220,000 followers, she called out trolls for harassing her on social media about her diagnoses.

‘Other NA [neurodivergent] people who police me about how I talk about my experience as an ND person can go straight in the trash,’ he raged.

‘You process your s**t your way and I’ll do it mine. If I want to joke around and find the light and choose to see it as something to celebrate, I will.

Of course, it has made most things more difficult, but not ALL THINGS. I have punished myself for a long time thinking that I was deficient.

‘I’m not, I’m just different. Thank you,’ she concluded.

Scrutiny: Last year, Em received backlash after first speaking out about his struggles with ADHD and autism.  A mother of 'severely' disabled children took offense, accusing the former 2Day FM radio host of 'riding a trend' by coming out as neurodivergent later in life.

Scrutiny: Last year, Em received backlash after first speaking out about his struggles with ADHD and autism. A mother of ‘severely’ disabled children took offense, accusing the former 2Day FM radio host of ‘riding a trend’ by coming out as neurodivergent later in life.

Last year, Em received backlash after first speaking out about his struggles with ADHD and autism.

He shared a post imploring his followers to “be willing to understand.” [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both, like me.

However, one mother took offense to the post, accusing the former 2Day FM radio host of “jumping on a trend” by coming out as neurodivergent later in life.

The woman, who has children ‘with severe disabilities’, told Em that she was ‘trivialis[ing]’ the experience of many people with autism talking about their own symptoms.

Em responded that “because I chose to reveal my neurodiversity, I think the lawyer’s hat was put on my head even though I wasn’t ready to wear it.”

He admitted he “doesn’t pretend” to know how difficult life can be for parents of autistic children, but stressed that his experience of “neurodiversity” is real.

It runs in the family: Em's three-year-old son, Elio, also has autism, and her 14-year-old daughter, Odette, has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It runs in the family: Em’s three-year-old son, Elio, also has autism, and her 14-year-old daughter, Odette, has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

‘I can’t look people in the eye for long. I can’t do my grocery shopping without getting so overstimulated that sometimes I have to leave the store entirely and go lie down in the back of my car,” she said.

She also stated that she “has no short-term memory” and that she “doesn’t like to be touched unless I initiate it.”

Em added that “until a year ago I thought I was a piece of trash with a broken brain.”

He went on to acknowledge her high level of functioning, saying that she is “extremely creative” and has “elite-level problem-solving skills.”

Lived experience: 'I can't look people in the eye for very long.  I can't do my grocery shopping without getting so overstimulated that sometimes I have to leave the store altogether and go lie down in the back of my car,” she said of his symptoms.

Lived experience: ‘I can’t look people in the eye for very long. I can’t do my grocery shopping without getting so overstimulated that sometimes I have to leave the store altogether and go lie down in the back of my car,” she said of his symptoms.

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