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Does Elon Musk Have Autism? Here’s The Truth

Find out if Elon Musk is autistic or if he has Asperger's.

steven zauderer
Steven Zauderer
November 29, 2022
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Is Elon Musk Autistic?

Although Elon Musk has never explicitly said that he's autistic, he has admitted to having Asperger's, a diagnosis that isn't officially listed as a disorder.

Instead, Asperger's was replaced by autism spectrum disorder in the DSM series.

Musk admitted to having Asperger's while starring as a guest on the famed weekend comedy series Saturday Night Live, or SNL.

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Does Elon Musk Have Asperger’s?

Elon Musk had a very brief career in comedy. During that time, there was debate over if it was okay for him to claim that he had Asperger's syndrome.

Some new articles defended him, claiming that he was diagnosed and that it was okay to keep using the term of his original diagnosis.

Some people accused him of being polarizing, dividing himself from other people that have autism through some sort of social class instead of a different point in the spectrum.

Within a panel of different people diagnosed with autism, a famed writer claimed that people who claimed to have Asperger's attempt to divide themselves from people that have autism, or an elitist way of saying that they're autistic.

The accusation was that Elon doesn't understand the history of the term Asperger's and that he uses it to partition himself as an individual capable of higher functionality than others.

Elon Musk's declaration of having Asperger's could assist in the reduction of stigmatization of people with autism.

It could also help show that autistic people can become productive members of society, even though they may possess neurotypical traits.

For some people with autism, Musk provided them with a new feeling that having the disorder wasn't something that blocked their ability to prosper. It could also help show that the autistic are ordinary people like everyone else, capable of making their contributions to the world.

Must have been defended as providing self-esteem to the autistic, giving them a sense of empowerment that's rarely done in the public eye.

Some young people feel that Elon Musk's professing to have autism encouraged other people with the disorder making them feel as if they too could succeed to a level that's currently seen by the famed businessman. Musk is considered to be the richest man in the world.

Still, some detractors find Musk to be basking in the middle of yet another publicity stunt, using behavioral disorders for his gain.

Based on an article published recently, an autistic journalist claimed that Musk was making a lacking effort to use his image to create the persona of a billionaire that doesn't care about anyone but himself. Some feel that Musk isn't giving a proper representation of the way autistic individuals behave.

Many with the disorder have problems finding suitable employment or holding down a job. Even more, they have difficulties financially and reside in unpredictable living arrangements.

How does Elon Musk announcing he has Asperger’s syndrome impact the autistic community?

Elon Musk undoubtedly has some impact on the autistic community, whether it's intentional or not.

Much of it centers around the debate over his unofficial diagnosis, and how the term Asperger's is no longer a sufficient way of describing people with autism.

What Do Autistic People Say About Musk’s Announcement?

There are mixed reactions over Elon Musk's claim of having Asperger's Most are neutral, not knowing enough about Musk to make a fact-based determination on whether Musk is genuine. Others could defend or strongly rebuke him.

Who Is Elon Musk?

Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971. Many people that know him from his childhood claim that he was picked on during his primary education.

Regardless, his issues during childhood didn't prevent him from being successful. He's the founder of several companies such as SpaceX, and The Boring Company, and the leader of Tesla. He's known for his interest in Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that's based on meme culture.


  1. https://www.abacenters.com/elon-musk-autism/
  2. https://psychcentral.com/autism/elon-musk-opened-up-about-autism-heres-what-we-learned
  3. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61234231
steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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