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Buggabugga

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My autism is currently self diagnosed and I am in the process of getting a real one im almost 18. What can help me when I go to my appointment?

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    • Katty

      783d

      1) Make a list of your autistic traits 2) vet the person first so you know they’re not going to deny you a diagnosis based on race or gender, and 3) research other disorders so you can explain why you don’t have those and help prevent a misdiagnosis. 4) be prepared to have to go to multiple professionals to get the correct diagnosis 5) make sure the time, energy, and money of a real diagnosis is worth it for you. A self diagnosis is valid and often is enough since there is not very many resources for autistic adults. Best of luck!

    • BlueDahlia

      782d

      I've been diagnosed with ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Bipolar 1, BPD, CPTSD and I am currently self diagnosed with Autism. I plan to talk to my psych about it in our next visit, so I made a thorough list and if he isn't receptive I'll demand he refer me to another doctor. I'm 25 years old and have felt alien my whole life. I know I'm Autistic and it's important to me that I get a correct diagnosis.

    • baconeggcheese

      783d

      i took a few quizzes off of embrace-autism.com and printed my results. also i printed off this checklist; https://the-art-of-autism.com/females-and-aspergers-a-checklist/ and highlighted what applied to me. brought it to my psychologist and she was like “i had a sneaking suspicion” lmao

    • DJ_NoSmiles

      783d

      Mine is also self diagnosed

    • Katty

      783d

      1) Make a list of your autistic traits 2) vet the person first so you know they’re not going to deny you a diagnosis based on race or gender, and 3) research other disorders so you can explain why you don’t have those and help prevent a misdiagnosis. 4) be prepared to have to go to multiple professionals to get the correct diagnosis 5) make sure the time, energy, and money of a real diagnosis is worth it for you. A self diagnosis is valid and often is enough since there is not very many resources for autistic adults. Best of luck!

      • Buggabugga

        783d

        @Katty this helps so much thank you! I do have ADHD and I know they can fall hand in hand especially more so in women and can often be misdiagnosed! I feel guilty to say I’m autistic bc I always felt the need to see a doctor for such. My girlfriend is autistic and her mom sees many of the same traits in me as she does her. I’m this case I just don’t walk around saying I’m autistic out of fear of someone saying I’m not or trying to argue that I’m not valid, is this normal?

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