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I Just got my results from my evaluation. I do have Autism. I thought it would give me validation or relief but it did not. I feel hurt. I feel so much more lost. I chose not to tell anyone I know. Don't think I will. suggestions? I don't know how to process this

    • RyeRyeBread

      388d

      I'm a few days/weeks away from getting my evaluation results, for bothe autism + adhd, and I thought the process + potential results would be a huge relief and conclusion to my suspicions for 10+ years... But at the end of the evaluation, the psychologist shared some of their opinions at that moment. She said she agrees that I have a high amount of adhd + autism traits, and that she doesn't even feel we needed to complete some long test they usually do for adhd, because even without scoring the assessments I had just done, she felt that was sort of obvious already. She then told me that it's a little tricky with the autism stuff though, because I don't have any reports from my mother, doctors, etc. of anything being "wrong". So even if I have all the traits and fit all of the diagnostic criteria [based on my recollection of my childhood struggles and traits] - I may not get diagnosed because I either masked too high or the people around me didn't notice anything wrong or "different" enough to point it out. This has been giving me a crapload of anxiety and stress the past few days, as my family has always been dismissive and my struggles have always flown under the radar... So shit be sucking :[ (also i asked her if there was anything else contributing to a doubt towards the autism diagnosis, or if the social stuff (body monitoring, scripting, etc.) could just be adhd by itself [not typically but i wanted to ask to prompt her to answer or think a bit] - and she seemed to avoid actually answering, which leads me to believe that the lack of external reports is the only reason she'd doubt a diagnosis. In summary: Thought I'd get a direct answer and then feel immense relief. Was wrong. More stressed than beforehand. So, i am obviously in a different boat than OP - but i figured dummy, stressy, bad evaluation feeling sharing may help :]

    • NyxiAnyaOrnimae

      388d

      Take time to process it. I know that's part of the plan. It's just a part of you. You didn't get to pick this. I don't know if therapy is an option? And it could be inner child wounds, which really means some extra self care for a bit

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It's not uncommon to feel lost or hurt after receiving an autism diagnosis. It can be helpful to seek support from a therapist or join online forums where you can connect with others who have gone through similar experiences. Give yourself time to process the diagnosis and remember that it's okay to feel a range of emotions.

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