Actor Wentworth Miller took to Instagram to share his journey of being diagnosed with autism at the age of 48. He informed his fans earlier this week that he received the diagnosis last July.
Wentworth Miller, now 49, famous for his role in TV series like ‘Prison Break’ wrote a long post on his diagnosis, and the adjustments he has made in his life since. In the post made on July 25, he shares how he found that the process of receiving a formal diagnosis as a middle-aged man was highly flawed. He added that he did recognize the privilege of having access to diagnosis, though.
He also revealed in the post that he had self-diagnosed himself with the condition before this, therefore the news didn’t surprise him but he was still shocked. He clarified that he was not trying to be the spokesperson for the autistic community that has traditionally been spoken over and for. He just wanted to make people aware of his presence in the same room as being autistic is central to his identity, he said.
Miller also had a special message for those who had been considerate of his needs despite not knowing his struggles. “Oh – I also want to say to the many (many) people who consciously or unconsciously gave me that extra bit of grace + space over the years, allowed me to move thru the world in a way that made sense to me whether or not it made sense to them… thank you,” he wrote. Previously, Miller has made public his struggles with his sexuality and mental health issues.