Fear of Rejection

Hi,

Don't really know how to start this post, I guess I'm just trying to reach out as I don't know where to go next... I haven't had any kind of official autism diagnosis.

I don't know how you know whether what you're feeling is down to autism or whether its just me... I'm scared of talking to the docs about autism again - I've already raised it once but the doc said what would it benefit me by knowing and when I look back on it that was the end it the conversation... yet I'm still fighting my own mind to try and work out why I can't make friends, don't fit in, can't look someone in the eye, obsess over hobbies and don't know how to talk about feelings... how do I know if this is autism or just my mind being crazy?? What if the docs just say it's me being silly?! How do you move on from a non-autism diagnosis?!

Any words of guidance please?!

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  • I think Binary is right. The best place to start is by taking one of the Autism AQ tests. My own GP said there was quite a high correlation and reliability between these tests and a formal diagnosis. So, he was quite happy to refer me for a diagnostic assessment when I was able to tell him I'd already taken the test and got results that suggested I was very likely to be autistic (indeed, in-line with my autistic sensibilities, I'd taken variations of the test numerous times, and gotten fairly consistent results).

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    There are several variations on then test, but they all stem from the same origins. There's a 50-question version available at this link:

    https://www.wired.com/2001/12/aqtest/

    … or, you can take a newly revised 121-question version at the link below (personally, I find this one more insightful, as it provides a visual representation at the end of how your unique psychological topography is manifested):

    http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php

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  • I think Binary is right. The best place to start is by taking one of the Autism AQ tests. My own GP said there was quite a high correlation and reliability between these tests and a formal diagnosis. So, he was quite happy to refer me for a diagnostic assessment when I was able to tell him I'd already taken the test and got results that suggested I was very likely to be autistic (indeed, in-line with my autistic sensibilities, I'd taken variations of the test numerous times, and gotten fairly consistent results).

    .

    There are several variations on then test, but they all stem from the same origins. There's a 50-question version available at this link:

    https://www.wired.com/2001/12/aqtest/

    … or, you can take a newly revised 121-question version at the link below (personally, I find this one more insightful, as it provides a visual representation at the end of how your unique psychological topography is manifested):

    http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php

    .

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