Hey guys, I'm 16yrs, I’m not sure if young people post on here much, but I need some advice from you all. I have researched Autism and its traits and A LOT of them apply to me! I want some insight from you all before I go to a doctor and talk about it. I don’t just want to show up saying “I think I’m Autistic” without having any other opinions but my own.
Here are all of my traits:
So yeah, I can explain more but I need some opinions. You can ask me any questions you would like. I’ll answer.
Welcome to the forum, there are a few young people on here, there really is a large age group!.
You are right alot of what you experience would indicate that you are on the spectrum, if you decide to speak to the doctor about it I suggest taking the list you wrote with you along with a print out of any of the tests you did this can help support your referral request
Good on you for making a list . It will be of help if you decide to go for diagnosis because it's all about questions
I see you are just 16 so hope you can find the support you need around you as well as on here. Good luck
Hi Auggie, I'm in the early stages of seeking a diagnosis through the NHS. When booking the appointment and giving a reason you absolutely do have to say 'I think I may be autistic'! When I first went to my GP and didn't give a specific reason I was spoken over and fobbed off with depression and prescribed anti-depressants. I didn't take them... I went back and stated it was to talk about autism and took a list. My mom and partner helped me with the list along with my own reasons and bombarded the doctor with characteristics, experiences, consequences etc etc. It was a horrible, nerve-wracking time but I think my nerves actually help me bumble on about everything all at once. I got a referral but I'm still waiting to hear back - it's been 2 months so far. I wish I'd have done this at your age!
Good luck & welcome
Agree Cloud7. When I went to see my GP for the first time about asd he made me justify myself 5 or 6 times which I would never have to do for a broken arm or diabetes, I'd just get treatment no questions asked. I suppose they need to investigate with nhs funds so tight and its not like they can diagnose add by ordering a quick blood test or xray. On the other hand it seems unfair that it's such a massive struggle to get yourself heard, and its bound to be upsetting. You need to persevere and try to see it from the docs point of view if you're going to get anywhere with diagnosis.
Welcome to the forum. It's good that you've made a list of the traits you recognise in yourself, as it may assist the doctor in understanding why you think you might be on the spectrum, rather that just go to him/her with a more general question. I was diagnosed with ASD two years ago, and I did exactly what you've done - did the research and gathered information.
As some other posters here have mentioned, not every doctor proceeds in the same way, but with your list of traits it should certainly help. My own first contact with the doctor's surgery was really good, and in fact it was a locum (temporary doctor) I spoke to. She listened and referred me without hesitation - I was amazed at how easy it was!
It's good that you're looking into this at your age, as it should help you to transition from school into uni/work a bit easier. I echo what Cloud7 has said, I wish I had known what I know now when I was your age (I'm now 59), it would have made life a lot easier, but when I was a child/teenager, information about autism was non-existent.
Good luck, and do keep us posted as to how things progress!