I have an appointment with the psychiatrist tomorrow for what I hope will be an aspergers assessment. Feeling very nervous about it as i have no idea what is going to happen or how long it's going to take. Been worrying a lot in the lead up to this appointment. What if I'm completely wrong about this and there's nothing wrong other than me not being a very successful human. Feeling anxious as well that I will not be able to present why I feel I have aspergers properly and I will waste the opportunity. Will the assessment be done in one appointment?
Just wanted to get these thoughts out there.
I hope the assessment gets you the help/validation you need. I can understand your anxiety.I can understand your fear of not presenting things well . So much can rest on such an assessment You are braver than me as it is my anxiety and fluctuating belief that I'm on the spectrum that stops me pressing ahead with pushing for an assessment. I am more certain that there is more going on than just the psychiatric illness I've been labelled with than I'm on the spectrum.
Good luck for tomorrow. The assessment will be over pretty quickly and at least you'll know whether you're autistic or not. Definitely good for peace of mind even though it's scary right now.
Regarding assessment, I feel it is important to be aware that the diagnostic criteria is not to ascertain if you are autistic or not (to be put forward for diagnosis means that you almost certainly are autistic) but to ascertain the impact your autism is having on your life.
Paradoxically the more support you have and the more you are helping yourself, the less likely you are to be diagnosed. I was explicitly told this at the end of my diagnosis, where my diagnosis was quantified as 'borderline' due the immense support I get from my partner.
Also I seriously understated how affected I am in my daily life by my autism, my partner (with me throughout my diagnosis assessment) often added information that demonstrated the true impact of autism on my daily life. Without her input I feel I would have talked my way out of a diagnosis through ignorance of my difficulties (that I struggle to recognise) and understatement.
(NB: I have posted versions of the above information in other threads)
Thank you for your responses. I suppose my original post was just me wanting to share my thoughts with people who might understand. There was no need to worry though. The psychiatrist was lovely and she did confirm my suspicions that it is "most likely" that I have aspergers and she is going to write to my gp stating her diagnosis. As one of you said i do now feel validated and i feel more confident about approaching my employer and speaking to them about what my difficulties are in work with the hope that they will support me in over coming them. That was the reason i needed the official diagnosis. I didnt feel i could speak to anyone other than my close friends about my suspicions as i wasn't sure if they were right or not.