At my last meeting with the Nurse practitioner at my old address she mentioned autism in relation to things I told her and gave me a sheet about a local autism charity. However she also said that things might be explained by schizotypal.
I am wondering what people think about the overlap and differences between ASD and schizotypal. How many have gone in for an ASD assessment to be told they are schizotypal? How many are seen as being both ASD and schizotypal ?
Hi, this concerns me very greatly. Three family members have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The main difference is this hearing voices.
Which has also recently a study by an English gent (Dr. Tony Attwood) https://youtu.be/wfOHnt4PMFo?t=869 said that ASD people get lonely. And they invent an imaginary friend to talk to.
And so when asked are you hearing voices?
They reply yes. And a diagnosis is formed of schizophrenia. Which may or not be correct. Because of everything else fits
Is this ASD or schizophrenia?
My impression is that they are joined at the hip and that professionals have great difficulty with differential diagnosis. In other groups i keep coming across people who are autistic but who were previously misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. i'm not sure what to make of it. My younger son went through various diagnoses before autism was mentioned, mainly after their frustration with anti-psychotics not working. Overall i'm none too impressed with the DSM or psychiatric diagnoses and wish they'd simply focus on helping people with their needs and issues.
it all seems confused and I don't really know what to believe - is autism more of an identity than a diagnosis and if so what's it doing in the DSM?