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!
I would agree and it seems others have had the same experience.
In summary. A psychiatrist is a prescribing doctor. They are the person you want to see last.
A psychologist is someone you would need to talk to 2nd.
And a good counsellor is worth a try initially.
Hi, i have taken the long one, the AAA-2012 test, the one with 68 questions regarding EQ,50 for AQ, on this one i scored 35 for AQ and 19 for EQ. The trouble is not that only that test says ASD traits, but all of the ones i took. Becoming aware I could be, took more EQ tests on which i am not doing well and became quite aware that most of the people that I consider friends have asked me why I move my mouth with them while they are talking. I also am pursuing my childhood dream of becoming an architect since I was 10 :D-it had not ever changed.
I have to mention I have suffered from burn out 3 years ago,in the last year of uni, and I don't seem to have properly recovered. They have mistaken this as postnatal depression, just assumed it because I gave birth. They didn't ask me about other types of stress in my life and I didn't realize at that time I had to tell them that I haven't slept more than 4 h in a day for 5 months.
I really don't know whether to take this tests as a clear indication that I should check a proper diagnosis and I have loads of questions but I would like to find a good psychiatrist to help me find out whether is anything wrong actually with me and is fo,what?.If you know any psychiatrist really good ,please help.
GP wants to put me on antidepressants which I refuse to take unless I see a psychiatrist.In my country GP's could maximum recommend St Jonh's Wort , not proper pharmaceutical drugs for depression, so for me from the start is another anxiety factor just accepting such a prescription.
Go architecture. It's really fun.
NICE says, no antidepressants for core conditions.
psychiatrist prescribe medicines. psychologist therapies.
Your anxiety is on this test, the test will only reveal what you already have. So logically whatever the tests say you are already that. And you have a good idea.
In my opinion and so many others knowing and getting help before the *** hits the fan is far better than procrastinating (ADHDing) on a test.
Before you take the test to ask:
1. What is the worst that can happen if the test is positive?
2. And how can you recover from that quickly?
In a Positive test. you panic a bit but nothing has changed really. It's just an indication.
In a Negative test. you panic a bit and nothing has changed also. You might want to ask what else it could be.
in either case, speak to your doctor or speak to a different doctor. sometimes some doctors in your surgery do not get you, our the other people they see.
Ask the doctor for an ADHD and AUTISM assessment.
Ask the doctor for something other than a prescription of drugs because they are making you panic more. With is the prescribed effect. besides, they can take days to work.
And book longer sessions with your doctor.
Agree to fortnightly or weekly visits.
Ps. to answer your question lack of eye contact, and or looking at mouths, for heads except the eyes is a small indication of autism.
Autism is a life long condition. You are still you, and will always be you a person.
I want you to graduate, hell I want you to get your RIBA part 3. So check with your architecture school how they make adjustments for Autism and ADHD, and possibly dyslexia. Also, check how years are deferred through illness.
Thanks for the encouragement, hope I'll be one day a fully qualified architect.I have EC until 1st of July and worked all year every day and collected my research, so I hope I'll manage to make it through this year.
Basically,2 weeks ago, they tested me for Specific learning difficulties, and they only found in this WRAT 4 examination, that i have is weak processing speed. She also said I should not worry about autism as I have a good understanding of abstract concepts.
Are you aware whether good abstract reasoning skills make obsolete an ASC diagnosis?
Oh, you need to request a full report from an educational psychologist. And read it several times. The important bit is the recommendations for equipment and study aid and areas of improvement. Like ways to reduce stress.
I used to read books until 3am cover to cover? Don't do this, please. You should get better reading training, learning to skim read or to read with intent, etc.
You have a high IQ so you worry a lot. This is normal for High IQ. And some High EQ people will see this and try to not say things not to worry you. You have to learn how to deal with some worry. Like saying what is the worst that can happen. And how can I correct it after it happens?There are two types of stress. Good stress and bad stress. Bad stress is the kind you can do nothing about and is oppressive. Good stress is making positive life changes, like stopping smoking or going for a jog. It's stressful for a bit and then you learn to adapt.
No, I was not aware of what even abstract reasoning is. I know ASD/C people have very high IQ, poor EQ and poor AQ.
"a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts"
Autism is very different in women. And also different in people who are discovered later in life. So she may well be right that you don't have the poor abstract thinking of more autistic thinking.There was a point I could see my building in my head and walk through it in my mind's eye. Move them and rotate them.I struggle to make small talk. At crits, some people thought I was too serious, but I didn't feel this way.I think my naivety is very poor but I have high verbal reasoning. I score too well on the Mensa tests but take a long time doing them.Get all the testing you can get whilst it's free and quick at uni. And then later decide if and when you want to use the labels, to make better decisions.So nostalgic right now. Architecture school is amazing :D
Take a deeper look into things and you’ll see. I want to scare people off from these idiots. If they’re not wise to modern diagnoses of high functioning masked autism then they will do harm.
Have you seen the stuff coming out lately? Sooooooooooooooooo many story’s of people being abused by these so called experts.
Former Member Above is a more accurate description of the kind of people who are wise and clued up on this Very New Subject. Masked Autism - most ‘Cwaks’ think it’s a lifestyle choice. Wonder how many suicides they’ve triggered??? Yuk
I'm not here to argue with anyone but my experience is that there are good mental health professionals out there including psychiatrists and I feel it's wrong to scare people off from receiving help from them.
I am well educated, intelligent and well aware of issues of abuse within some services but this is not the norm.
The fact that it happens is wrong and needs to be addressed but it's important that people aren't scared of all professionals and all services.
It is important that people aren't scared away from getting help. Mental health professionals can be hugely helpful.
I have met many, absolutely none have been abusive towards me and none of them were idiots. If it weren't for my current psychiatrist I wouldn't be doing so well, I wouldn't have access to the support I need, etc.
This is not a one thing or another situation. People vary, no two people are the same. There are wonderful mental health professionals and terrible mental health professionals and many in between the two "extremes".
Certain services, support, benefits, etc. can only be accessed with a referring/supporting mental health professional. It would be sad to see people scared away from accessing such things because there are some bad people out there... bad people that most of us will never have the misfortune of meeting.
We clearly have different experiences and opinions and that's okay.
I will continue to share my good experience because I have had more than one and I feel it is important for people to know about all the possibilities and not just the negative ones that are highlighted in the press and on social media.
keep sharing. Everyone's experiences are important. So that everyone can see a spectrum of experience.I hope that people know that we all can be a little "rigid" in our thinking. And also we all have varying degrees of thinking and interpersonal skills along the ASD spectrum.I often have been told nicely told that I had sometimes over-egged a point on a passionate subject.The fact that there are some crap experiences means that we have a long way to go.