Social communication 3 Social interaction 5.
Conclusion- I fit the criteria for ICD 10 Asperger syndrome . It confirms what I've felt for decades but a string of psychiatrists before the latest one had failed to consider, ie there's more going on than severe mental illness.
Congratulations, how does it feel? I'm at the beginning of the whole process and already feel worn out by it... I hate using the phone to chase, and my doctors has a ridiculously long menu to get through to reception (if they pick up), so I tend to drop in on my way back from work in person only to be told the same thing.
It feels good to have my beliefs vindicated. It's obvious from my experience, and others, that there needs to be a greater acknowledgement that for some being on the spectrum and having a mental illness go together. That an approach that factors in both for such individuals would result in better outcomes for them.
The whole process to me seems very anti-autism, but it seems to be the way of the world:
The word 'dyslexia' is incredibly hard to spell
Saying the word 'lisp' if you have a lisp
And my personal favourite 'Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia' which is the term for the fear of long words....