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astia

219d

Has anyone been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as an adult? How did you find a neurologist willing to help?

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    • SalineTurnip

      214d

      If you live in an area with universities, check and see if they have a psychological division. Often they will do assessments and diagnosis. I talked to my psychiatrist two days ago and this was his recommendation since I'm seeking a diagnosis for both autism and ADHD. He doesn't diagnose these personally so he always recommends that his patients go to the local university instead. They don't usually take insurance but they might be able to give you paperwork for your insurance and/or operate on a sliding scale so it might be a cheaper option too.

    • SalineTurnip

      214d

      If you live in an area with universities, check and see if they have a psychological division. Often they will do assessments and diagnosis. I talked to my psychiatrist two days ago and this was his recommendation since I'm seeking a diagnosis for both autism and ADHD. He doesn't diagnose these personally so he always recommends that his patients go to the local university instead. They don't usually take insurance but they might be able to give you paperwork for your insurance and/or operate on a sliding scale so it might be a cheaper option too.

    • Somberose

      219d

      I got a list from my psych doc then called and asked if they had experience diagnosing adults. It took a while.

      • astia

        219d

        @Somberose yea iv called like 12 different Drs. Keep thinking there has to be a better way

    • Jeremywh

      219d

      Yes. But it can be a struggle. I really want to advocate for self diagnosis

      • Jeremywh

        219d

        @Jeremywh Self diagnosis is valid, it’s just not always institutionally valid.

        • astia

          219d

          @Jeremywh unfortunately it's causing issues with working. So I need my papers essentially.

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One way to find a psychiatrist or neurologist willing to diagnose adults with autism is by emailing their offices with questions to see if you'd like to schedule an appointment. It usually takes a while to get an appointment and be screened. Some people prepare a spreadsheet of their symptoms with personal examples and stories from their childhood of symptoms to help the doctor understand their situation better. Another method is to go through neuropsychological testing, which can be quite expensive and time-consuming as it often requires multiple sessions.

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