Hi, I'm new here.
I would just like to ask if anyone has advice on where I could find someone professional to talk to about the likelihood of an autism diagnosis. I have been driving myself crazy for the last 6 months researching about autism and whether I am or am not autistic, and I just keep going round in circles.
I'm worried that I might just be making this all up in my head, so instead of going for a very expensive autism diagnosis straight off I wondered if anyone could recommend someone I could just explore the idea with first. I live in Scotland, but would be willing to travel or maybe even do an online session if anyone can recommend anyone good. I'm looking for someone who has good experience of women with autism, as I work very hard to act "normal", and have been quite successful at this. I think a lot of people would just dismiss me because I can make eye contact (mostly) and conversation.
I just had a very disappointing appointment with a psychiatrist today and I think I really need to talk to someone who knows what they're talking about (when I mentioned autism she said that the thought had crossed her mind while talking to me, but that it wasn't her area of expertise, and that she didn't think that being autistic would explain my recurrent periods of severe depression or my "emotional disregulation" (meltdowns?) when I think it is a very plausible explanation for both!)
Sorry for rambling but when I started to feel like she wasn't listening to me and just wanted to put me on more drugs I had a mini "emotional disregulation" in her office and ended up crying hysterically for an hour, and now my brain is like jelly so I might not be making sense here.
Many thanks for any advice you can offer!
Tell them any symptoms from here scroll down to the adult checklist https://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/health-workers/gp-info.aspx
Go to the doctor and tell them that you want to be tested. https://www.autism.org.uk/about/diagnosis/adults.aspx
you should be registered with the local diagnostic center.
And will probably receive the AQ10. You can take this now, and you probably have done one similar. https://www.aspietests.org/aq/questions.php
You will wait forever (depending on if they lose you in the system, suggest checking with a doctor and then who they referred you to after two weeks) and then receive some more forms
AQ50 - big brother of aq10
EQ - emotional quotient
RQ - Relative questionnaire
A personal form, employment, education, mental health, address, family, form and a lot.
you can take these tests online https://psychology-tools.com/
You will wait forever (see above)
You may then be invited to an interview
And then you will wait some more.
It can take up to 2 years to get a result. this is from first speaking to your doctor. I think most Autism centers are part-time. Or at least employ part-time staff.
So I suggest if you are having problems to ask the local social services for an adult social assessment. And join an Asperger/autism support group.
people will often say thinks in a person that they won't say on a forum. And vice versa. For the complete picture get lots of information from different sources.