I've been seeing a private therapist since November for my Social anxiety and depression. I've been on Citalopram (an anti depressant ) for the last 7 years. Yesterday she told me that based on many of the things I've said I sound as though I may be in the autistic spectrum, though it's not an official diagnosis, however I believe her to be right, I've actually been wondering when/if she would mention the elephant in the room!
She said it was up to me if I wanted to get a diagnosis, but didn't seem to see much benefit. It is a rather strange feeling, I'm both in shock, and not shocked in the slightest by this "diagnosis". I just wondered what members here think, is it worth me pursuing a diagnosis? I'm self employed so it doesn't affect my job, though my social anxiety is a real challenge, but it always has been!
I'm very grateful for any help, thanks so much, Mark.
I debated it in my mind for few months as well, but decided to go for a diagnosis, the NHS system seems long and tiresome and I did attempt to ask GP once for a referrel but it didn't go to well and from what I heard the wait was long, so I opted for a private diagnosis I have my first assessment at the end of the week. Its going to cost me £1500 in total but this initial assessment only cost me £150 and I can make the decision to proceed. Their were other places that were cheaper but this is multi - displinery, I like to go into detail. .A diagnosis is more for peace of mind and self acceptance and confirmation, so I can move on with my life and rebuild from where I left, I reached kindof burnout stage before seeking diagnosis and I wish I had realised earlier so I could have had help and spent less time beating myself up about mistakes I have made. Not quite sure how much its gonna help me but I think having the official stamp, I could probably ask for help when I need it instead of worrying or feeling guilty about being fake because I don't have the official stamp of an Aspie. or hating on myself for not being able to handle life.