Masking and Camouflaging

Masking and/or camouflaging is a strategy adopted by some autistic individuals as a way of ‘fitting in’. By copying the behaviour of non-autistic individuals, they do not stand out as being different.

The amount of time masking can vary and some individuals only mask in certain situations or with certain people. However, the cost of masking on the individual can be high with exhaustion, stress and anxiety very common side effects.

“Many autistic individuals feel unhappy about not being their real self, feeling that this in inauthentic. However, they don’t feel able to stop masking/camouflaging due to the expectations of society.” (Hull et al, 2017)

Scroll down for some resources to help you understand and cope with masking.

Hiding in plain sight masking and camouflaging

Neuroclastic Masking and Unmasking

‘Autistic Burnout’ and Masking by Judy Endow

Lived Experience Masking an Autistic Life _ Different Minds