Hi everyone, I'm new here after a bit of a crazy week wrapping my head around the fact I might be autistic. My therapist (for anxiety disorder) recommended I looked at autism in females and took some preliminary tests. I went home and scored 174/200 on the RAADS-R, 154 on RDOS, and 36 on AQ. I grew up with an autistic family member and honestly it just floored me to see the results for myself. I didn't realise how much I had been hiding it and what it looked like in someone who is "functioning" with no other physical disabilities or learning difficulties.
I thought the way I thought was normal and somehow everyone was just succeeding at controlling their brains more than me.
I thought my anxiety/depression days were just bad mental health days to power through and be eradicated, not my brain actually shutting down and protecting me from the over-stimulus of the outside world.
I thought everyone followed the rules of socialising better than me (make eye contact, don't fidget, don't go into detail, don't talk so much about your interests, ask questions about them, etc)....I didn't realise other people were doing this from instinct!
I could go on. It's like learning the whole world is not what you thought it was at all. All my struggles to stick at jobs and uni were just me FAILING at something everyone else manages. Now I realise just how hard I have been trying for 32 years to keep up with what comes much easier to other people. I am a smart woman and I thought I had to work out everything myself. If only I thought enough about my anxiety and meltdowns, I could control my brain into never having them. I read aspergirls and just cried. It's all about me!
I have gone through so many emotions this week, shock, denial, acceptance, fear that actually I will turn out to NOT be autistic and then I will be alone again, never fitting in. Ugh.
Anyway, I am feeling overall positive but have really struggled to function this week with the huge amount of emotion and information I've gone through. I am going to my GP next week with a letter from my psychologist, test results and a list of the things I now realise are not NT traits and struggles. I am nervous that I won't get referred, any advice?
I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better!
I don't believe that you have top provide "proof" to your GP that you are worthy of a referral for an Autism assessment, you merely have to ask-but be as assertive as you need to be and do not allow yourself to be fobbed off, it did not happen in my case but I believe it has for others.
It sounds as if you are fully willing to embrace and explore your "condition" which is great, you have to be positive and it seems also as if you are young, energetic and intelligent so are very well placed to glean as many positives out of your new-found self-knowledge as is possible to find so, March On girl and hold your head up high-it won't all be good but use your positivity to see it as the adventure it most certainly is I am sure that you will be able to get the max out of your life I a\m confident that you are capable of harnessing a more than adequate proportion of your inner resources to make a success of things-I wish you the very best of luck.
Having said all of that, I am afraid that unless you seek a (hideously expensive) private consultation , you may be in for a long and arduous wait for your assessment as our cash-strapped NHS is creaking very loudly these days, in the meantime though , there are countless resources you can tap into to develop a deeper understanding of Autism/Aspergers and plenty of activities to get involved in with ASD groups so there is no need to feel isolated.
Get intimately acquainted with the real YOU and have a great life!