So as the title says, this is another newbie thread. I’m Anthony and it’s looking increasingly likely that I am on the spectrum. I’m working with a specialist at the moment and all the screening tools are pointing towards an aspergersesque outcome. It’s been a long journey getting thus far. I just wish it came sooner because it’s been quite damaging for me.
My traits have been problematic, especially on the social front - I pretty much redefine the term ‘socially awkward’... To be honest it’s quite a big step me posting on here!
I don’t really know what else I can say... other than I’m not showing symptoms of covid-19, so this post isn’t contagious. So feel free to ask questions... I’m better at answering questions than I am trying to work out what to write!
Feel free to check the website. There are contact details for support.
I'm new as well and I have one question that may be weird... What is the screening process in your country like? I'm asking because I got diagnosed without a screening process. I saw a therapist for anxiety and depression for almost a year and got diagnosed after I managed to, finally, get out all my issues in a coherent manner. I'm not sure if I should undergo "proper screening"...
TaRa: There are screening tools such as questionnaires and tasks which can be scored and collated to help a diognostican understand your traits in a quantifiable manner. These include the AQ, EQ, developmental history, social communication questionnaire etc.
You are very welcome :)
short description is "its patchy" one area has more money than others to do diagnosis. I am lucky I am in a good patch. in UK in general it takes approximately 2 year wait from doctor referring you to getting a diagnosis. (UK).
welcome antony .
what are youre hobbies ?
Hi :) I am a bit of a history geek, love aviation and music also. How about yourself?
Posting on autism forums was a big step for me too at the time - I wish now that I hadn't waited until I was formally diagnosed, as it's been better "therapy" than anything the "experts" ever provided in the decades prior to that. They're a really friendly bunch around here, and always generous with their support and advice. I hope you find it as beneficial as I have over the last few years.
Thanks Trog :) (see I read your ice breaker!)... I’m hoping things work out for the better, I could do with a bit of luck!