I am growing increasingly convinced over the last 3 years or so that I may have Aspergers.
it is becoming more and more apparent to me and I just want to know if i have it because it would be a massive relief and help me to explain to people why I am the way I am especially when it comes to sticking to a routine and socialising being a major source of anxiety.
i am really just fed up with being misunderstood I do not have depression but I do have social and general anxiety and also at health anxiety.
i have hypersensitive hearing and sense of smell and touch.
‘I really feel it’s time to get assessed as pushing myself into being more social or into doing things does not in any way improve my aversion to wanting to be around lots of people I feel it means I have whole lot of acting to do and things to think of to talk about.
How do I prepare for an appointment with my GP to discuss this?
Is there somewhere where it lists what things to mention or examples?
Also should I be prepared to be told I’m just overreacting or being silly? As this concerning me.
Many thanks for your time in reading
I was diagnosed Asperger's in my 40s a year ago. I too have lots of sensory issues, and it was a big spike in these (especially hearing) that eventually led me to join the dots and consider autism as the link.
I did a LOT of reading (probably too much...it kinda got to bne my autistic special interest...) before i spoke to my GP (my area was actually self diagnosis, but I did speak to my GP first)
As a starter I would recommend the AQ-10, then the fuller AQ-50 test. See https://musingsofanaspie.com/aspie-tests/ (Especially if female) I would also recommend Cynthia Kim's website https://musingsofanaspie.com/ and book "nerdy shy and socially inappropriate"
Do be prepared that it can be a very long process...in my area I was told adult waiting lists were up to 2 years. I was fortunate to be able to afford to go privately however.
I would try an online screening test beforehand to check symptoms etc. Before you go to the GP, it helps to write down what challenges you face - it helps as a brief for the appointment, and also helps the GP to know exactly where issues lie.
Then, just book the appointment, and have a chat with the GP. Hope it all goes well!x
Much love <3
I was diagnosed at 35. It took 2 years for it to finally sink in and for me to have a better understanding of how it effects me. Very glad I went ahead and got the diagnosis. It explains so much and I can easier on myself and treat myself more kindly now.
Thank you for your advice and the links. I’ll take a look at those. I appreciate you sharing your experiences
thank you very much, I took the AQ test yesterday and my score was 35.
I’ll print this off and think of some experiences that support my reasons for assessing.
I very much want to know so that I can understand myself and not be so frustrated that I’m not like my peers and why seemingly simple things like socialising etc make sense. I genuinely can’t understand how I can be so accomplished or talented at some things but then things in day to day life that appear simpler I struggle massively. Would be good to know , thank you for replying
I really reasonate with this. I got diagnosed earlier this year, at 31 :)
I’m so pleased you now have that confirmation, I have spoken to my Husband this afternoon about it and talked him through a test I was taking and the penny has dropped with him how much is identical to my behaviour and quirky traits. I asked him would he come with me to my GP appointment to back up my history and experiences as I feel that it will give me more chance of being taken seriously. And he said he would as he realises how much I would benefit me on a self esteem and mental health level to understand there be an answer to why I’m this way.
I'm seeking a diagnosis in my mid-20s. If you struggle to communicate with your GP, write down the autistic traits you have. You can either use them as prompts or hand them to the GP if you're finding it difficult to talk through your points.
My GP didn't seem to care whatsoever, but he handed me a phone number for the local mental health service (even though autism isn't a mental health condition!) and told me to self-refer. I went for my mental health assessment and the nurse was hugely understanding - he built-up a case for an autism referral based on what I'd said and he sent the referral through himself. He also got me a mental health referral for my anxiety and OCD.
I'd recommend reading 'Odd girl out', which is an autobiography about a lady who was diagnosed in adult life. Purple Ella has some great YouTube videos too, including tips for seeking a diagnosis and taking care of yourself while you wait for an assessment.
You're not overreacting or being silly - it's perfectly normal to want to get to know yourself better. Best of luck - I hope you get the answers you need.
Thank you I’ve been watching the Purple Ella videos since you recommended and they have a lot in them where I think, that’s happened to me. Especially about learning to drive. I could not manage to get coordination of the gears and other parts of driving so in the end I had to learn in an automatic.
I will form a list, imdid do a long explanation of why I thought I was and examples but looking at it I’ve missed out so many things, which are to do with sensory issues so I will add them in.