Hi! I'm looking for advice on getting a formal autism diagnosis. I've been self diagnosed for about a year and after a ton of research and consideration I'm ready for that formal diagnosis. I'm honestly really afraid though and I have no idea where to start. I live in the state of Iowa btw.
Anxiety (Including GAD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I'm also in Iowa and self-diagnosed. I'm also trans tho, and I've heard an autism diagnosis can get in the way of gender-affirming care....
I can't help with any info, but I can relate with being self-diagnosed and not really sure how to approach it clinically.
I'm so sorry that our system is so disgusting, you deserve care. I fear how getting my diagnosis will affect my future within the system as well. Yes it's a disability, but it varies so much from person to person! I want my diagnosis so hopefully I can get better medical care but that isn't a given either. Especially in our conservative state.
Yeah, I've heard mixed reviews about an autism diagnosis helping or hurting with medical care. It sucks that we have to deal with possible discrimination if we pursue a diagnosis. I really hope you get things figured out!
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