Went over history with mental health nurse today. Mentioned issue of autistic traits. She said she could certainly get me an assessment but after that ,if diagnosed, there wasn't much help for adults in the area.
I'm guessing from the lack of response that people agree with me. Well that or I post crap no one is interested in.
Hi there, if it is important for you to know then go for the assessment, Each of us here have varied reasons to want or not want the diagnosis, regardless of us sharing common traits and an understanding of each other, we are all different, I need validation for my life, my struggles, an explanation,
I also feel able now to be myself more, if I get a final assessment it no doubt will put me back on the roller coaster of emotions. I have been through every emotion since my epiphany, total joy st finally meeting others like myself, to feeling so angry and depressed st the lack of help or understanding for fifty plus years,
please follow your heart.
If you need help and support then it is out there, you have to push for it as all resources across the board are at a breaking point.
I am sorry if you have been posting before and I haven’t remembered but my memory has upissues,
we all care so much for each of us, we don’t always know what to say, but we do care and help wherever and whenever we can.
Can I offer a virtual hug? I want to hug and say,” I hear you and I care” ()
I second everything Lonewarrior wrote. Getting the diagnosis was important to me, even though I didn’t doubt it, I must have had a bit of doubt or something as I went for the diagnosis and it’s been one hell of a roller coaster since. From elation to despair, coupled with exhaustion although that was there prior to diagnosis.
It’s such a personal thing and I don’t blame anyone for not going for it. And yes, with or without a diagnosis we are all accepted here. Don’t let the nurses opinions sway you, they haven’t got it and you can get help. I’ve managed to get some but it’s not through the autism team, it’s through the local authority wellbeing team but I’ve learned more from this site and got more suppprt from here than anywhere else. It feels like my lifeline.
Sometimes we’re too tired to comment or even come on here but yes, we definitely care for each other and no post is crap but I understand that way of thinking. Get back to us if you have any more questions.
Thanks both of you for replying. The thing is I'm as certain as can be I'm neurodiverse ,but less certain that I am on the spectrum. Having said that I do score above the threshold on various tests online for asd. I see myself as probably being more nvld(there is an ongoing debate whether that belongs on the spectrum) . My primary problem is socially. I have always struggled with social interaction. I am reckoned to have very poor social skills. I recently found what I'd always thought of as a friend from prep school on twitter. He blocked me. Over 60 years I have had less than a handful of friends.
I also have never worked. As well as the ASD/NVLD there is probable dyspraxia and learning difficulties I am one of those who fits a 'spiky' profile with much higher verbal than non verbal ability.
It would be good to get official confirmation that there is a reason why I am as I am, if only to kick years of being accused of being awkward/demanding/troublesome/passive aggressive etc into touch . And yet I am scared that even that won't happen. I'll go for an assessment and be told it all relates to my psychiatric diagnosis. I've spent so many years with my problems being ignored, because everything has been seem through the filter of a psych diagnosis, that I'm scared any assessment will just end up going down that line, although I'm intelligent enough to know for certain there has always been more going on.
It sounds like you are looking for answers and a diagnosis of ASD or anything else for that matter will provide that. I was wrongly diagnosed for years and knew that there was something more that everyone was missing.
I am glad of my diagnosis as it had helped to reassure me that I wasn't going insane when I thought psychiatrists were not listening too me and fobbing me off with medication that was making me worse. There was an underlying condition and as such I am relieved that my hypersensitivity to medication has been documented and I am not seen as being dismissive in help when I refuse medication.
We all have our own reasons for seeking a diagnosis and it sounds like you already have yours, you are just unsure of the outcome. I can understand your trepidation, as my own personal experience of the mental health sector has not been great in previous years, but I have found my diagnosis has provided me with a voice to be listened by my GP (some are still questionable and the processes with the mental health services are still incredibly bureaucratic, but a diagnosis won't change that!).
In the end to get over my fear of requesting a diagnosis, I took time to weigh up the pros and cons of whether I sought a diagnosis or not. In the end I decided I didn't have a lot to lose as I needed support, but need the right diagnosis to ensure any future treatment was fit for purpose.
Post-diagnosis is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster as well as I am finding out, but others have said that this is normal and that it takes time to come to terms with things.
I hope you get what you are looking for, either way.