2 hours ago the letter confirming my diagnosis as Autistic dropped through the letterbox... the relief is ENORMOUS! I'm 52 now and have always known that I was different but couldn't explain it. Years of trying to understand my past and fix myself with the wrong service manual (I'm an electronic technician by trade) are over. I'm sure I'm gonna experience many different moods over the coming days and weeks but for now I just wanted to officially say hi to my new tribe and celebrate!
Aspie n proud!
Sadly electronics is now relegated to a hobby rather than a career. The throw away society and the move to digital electronics has made my love of analogue TV/radio/video/audio etc a largely obsolete skill. I'm not into computing or IT at all, PCs etc do my head in! Apart from a couple of short lived part time jobs I haven't worked since 2006 when I left my job in higher ed... partly due to the move to digital, partly cos of personal problems with co-workers and most importantly so I could be a Home Dad to then 1 year old son (and later a second son in 2009)... a job I still do now.
Well obviously its early days and I appreciate official diagnosis isnt for everyone but I think its generally a positive thing and I reckon you'd benefit greatly from knowing. My life makes way more sense now. I'm 99% sure both my parents were on the spectrum too. Dad passed away in 2013 but Mum was still alive when I approached my GP for a diagnosis but she suddenly got ill and died last Feb. I didnt tell her about my suspicions about being on the spectrum I was going to wait until I had it confirmed but I wish she's have lived long enough for me to tell her... we had a difficult relationship and knowing would have helped both of us make sense of the past and perhaps come to peace with it.Like you I have had depression and anxiety on and off since childhood, never really got into alcohol though as it doesnt really suit me. Had enough of drugs when my child psch prescribed my Vallium for 18 months when I was 14 after my first breakdown.
So yeah I say go for it! Do you have to use the private route? Can you not get an NHS diagnosis and save the expense?
There seems to be some very wide variation in the time taken for the diagnosis process, mine seemingly being very short by comparison to many others: I spoke to my GP, three days later I was assessed by a mental health nurse and put forward for formal diagnosis. Five months later I spent six hours at the diagnostic unit (including two one hour breaks), so after four hours of diagnostic assessment I was told my diagnosis there and then. The full diagnostic report arrived two weeks later.
I don’t know what will be less challenging ....I don’t really have back up here! X
"and"...yep it seems a real postcode lottery, both in the time it takes but also in the ways the assessments are done which seem to vary widely... glad your experience was quicker and more efficient than mine!