Now i know for sure i have autism because i got an official diagnosis and still have all the signs but i have been doing some research and i also show the signs of bipolar disorder and a borderline personality disorder so i was thinking...can it be possible that i have all three of these disorders?
It’s possible. Below are a list of Autism co-morbidities. Some of the conditions that can occur with ASD cause more difficulty than others. Most can be treated.
Comorbidity and autism spectrum disorder
AnxietyAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)Bipolar disorderClinical depressionDown syndromeFragile X syndromeGastrointestinal symptomsImmune disordersIntellectual disabilityMacrocephaly and microcephalyObsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)Seizures and epilepsySensory sensitivitiesSleep problemsTourette syndromeTuberous sclerosis
I can't match that. As you know I am autistic and bipolar but I do not have bpd as far as I am aware. My friend however is waiting to be assessed for bpd.
As to whether you can have all three disorders why not? Autistic people normally have lots of co-disorders or co-morbidities as I think I have seen them described.
Even if nobody else has ever had all three there normally has to be a first for everything so why can't it be you?
Being serious though for a moment diagnoses can have disadvantages as well as advantages so you need to think carefully before proceeding although if you already have one diagnosis / label there may be a limit to the disadvantages of further labels.
My dad was never diagnosed but he was almost certainly autistic. He also had GBS (Guillian Barre Syndrome) which is an immune disorder.
That's a very interesting post, because for a long time I debated the same thing about myself.I have very distinct high periods (which I would say match descriptions of hypomania), where I'm very extroverted, unnaturally verbose, I have grand ideas and plans and am incredibly impulsive. I have so much physical energy I just get bouncy. I stim a lot. I deliberately get into arguments and debates for the fun of it. I have unwittingly gotten myself into danger through overconfidence.I also have low times where I have no energy, am prone to be tearful and very depressed. Times I just want to curl up and stop existing and feel very hopeless. Sometimes the excited mood of the high phases gets too high and then I become incredibly anxious and highly strung, very prone to sensory overstimulation but unable to calm down or focus on anything to distract myself because it feels like my brain is running too quickly for my body to keep up. That's the worst kind.This can all happen over a much shorter timeframe than bipolar would usually occur- it could be hours or days at a time (the low moods tend to last longer than the high, and I will often crash after a high mood- especially a prolonged one- straight into a low), with varying periods of regular mood patterns in between. If it was bipolar, it would be described as ultra ultra rapid cycling, which I think is quite a rarity. I didn't pursue that diagnosis- I don't react the usual way to medication that affects the brain (my doctor tried it when I was a teenager, pre-autism-diagnosis, when he thought I was just depressed), I have a good support network now that can keep me safe when I'm hyper and get me through my low patches, so it would probably just be harder to manage things medically than to get along as I am. And it doesn't all match up anyway- the feelings seem to, but the timeframes to me seem TOO off from what I've read about bipolar. I am now of the opinion that it might just be an autistic thing in some way. Something to do with emotional processing? I don't know, I'm only guessing.Now you've brought it up again I do wonder whether bipolar traits are a common thing in autism- I guess this is the place to find out! I'll be following the thread.
Just to complicate matters I understand there is somebody at my local autism group who has been diagnosed as bipolar who is convinced that he is not bipolar but is autistic so who knows?
The thing is with the human brain there are a lot of things we don't yet know the full extent of or about the variants that exist, a lot of the research is still being done and the DSM changes reasonably often. Look at autism- as recently as in the last few years they've gone "Oh wait girls ARE affected in decent numbers and aspergers isn't a distinct thing, its all autism". It's still a big complicated work in progress.I can see where the person at your group is coming from, anyway. If you have more than one diagnosable condition it must be very hard to know what exactly is responsible for which behaviours or if/how they influence eachother. I do find it very interesting, sometimes I do wish I'd studied psychology.
you still can.. Deepthought has a good library of reads if you feel brave to message him. Have you read Tony Attwood book? The link below is to a pdf of his book.
I have read that :) we got the book when I was first diagnosed, though annoyingly my mum lent it to a friend (who was working in education with autistic kids) a few years later and it never re-emerged! I remember it being one of the better books we got (AKA one I related to more and didn't feel made false generalisations about me), in my opinion at the time.Thanks for the PDF, I can revisit it now! ^^I'm not sure I am brave enough to PM people out of the blue without invitation to be perfectly honest, though I might try reading a few of the threads they've responded to, haha!
So, are you interested in the medical research behind ASD or reading about other ASD women...or both? I can suggest further reads...
i foubd Cynthia Kim www.musingsofanaspie.com good, as well as the books Dancing Naked in the Street and no one noticed (I can post the link to the .pdf of that)... and Laura James’s Odd Girl Out...also Chris Packham book is good.
i dip into psychology research papers also ...
another thing is when i try to talk to my family about this they just say i'm paranoid and that it's just because i have autism but it is possible to have autism and something else, so it's hard for me to try to find out if i also have something else because my family never hears me out on this subject so the most i can make is an inaccurate self diagnosis, hence how i think i have these three things.