opposum

312d

CW: Triggers, Paranoia, Dissociation
needing some advice from adults with diagnosed autism. ive been noticing a lot of my mental disorders' symptoms line up with those of autism, such as; sensitivity to light (usually leading to dissociation), sensory issues (food, touch, sound), and having bursts of obsession over the strangest things (which can affect me negatively). Sorry for all the paranthesi lol... But I have had these behaviors since i was 11... im now freshly 18 and things are lining up. will it help with my anxiety to get tested and find proper help with it? or is it not going to make a difference? also very worried and paranoid i am making it up. assistance please!!

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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  • Annabannana

    311d

    Hello! I’m autistic too! (And ADHD + PTSD + Depression) ALL OF them were “late-diagnosed” only about a year ago. Receiving my autism diagnosis has been very validating and helpful for me. I went the route of finding a therapist via inclusivetherapists.com . She is private pay (does not accept insurance) which is the only downside as it is more expensive per session. The process of me getting my diagnosis was gentle and slow. I first built up my relationship with my therapist, and she gained my trust, and she was like yep you’re definitely autistic lol. She allows me to be open with her and unmask. Unfortunately this is not how others diagnosis process goes. The typical route of autism diagnosis is to go though an Autism assessment center. The process is designed for young children and not for adults (especially females). I’ve heard it can be a traumatizing process. Insurance also won’t typically cover it over a certain age. And it could cost thousands of dollars. I really recommend finding an autism or nuerodivervent AFFIRMING (that’s the key word) therapist. Which is easier said than done! A good sign is that their not afraid of the word “autistic” and if they have the understanding that a lot of autism “professionals” don’t actually know that much about actually autistic people. Also trying searching keywords on TikTok! Like autism inclusive therapists or nuerodivervent therapists, stuff like that. Good luck to you! I understand the struggle 🥺❤️

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