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Would you seek a diagnosis for ASD for yourself?

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PromQueenWithin Fri 26-Oct-12 17:21:13

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Crawling Fri 26-Oct-12 20:17:42

Hi my dd is in the middle of a asd diagnosis and i have bipolar my personal opinion is that getting diagnosed is hard and very stressful so if you see no benefit i wouldn't plus i don't think people diagnosed with a asd are allowed to drive so having a label may cost you so i would work out the pros and cons and then decide hth

fuzzpig Fri 26-Oct-12 20:22:13

Hello smile
I am having an assessment with a psychologist next month to probably diagnose aspergers.
I have told my managers about this, they've been very supportive and basically I feel it'd be good to be able to officially say why I find particular things very difficult. I don't mind people knowing, I'd rather they did I think.
I wish I'd known when I was younger - it would've saved a lot of self hate from wondering why I wasn't like other people.

CrapBag Fri 26-Oct-12 22:12:51

Oooo I am just wondering the same thing myself.

Interesting about the driving though. I will have to find out if that is true as I need to drive and nothing about my personality affects my driving.

CrapBag Fri 26-Oct-12 22:14:57

I am actually a good driver and I found it so easy from the moment I first got in a car, it felt like I was meant to drive and came so naturally.

Felicitywascold Fri 26-Oct-12 22:18:59

ASD is not neccersarily a barrier to driving. You do have to declare it to the DVLA but many autistic people are able to drive.

Crawling Fri 26-Oct-12 22:22:57

Thanks felicity i was worried dd would not be able to drive.

PromQueenWithin Fri 26-Oct-12 23:59:57

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PromQueenWithin Sat 27-Oct-12 00:03:28

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VintageRainBoots Sat 27-Oct-12 00:09:44

I've wondered about getting a diagnosis for Asperger's for myself. I always score sky-high on those self-assessments.

As far as driving is concerned, I have an impeccable sense of direction---it's impossible for me to get lost, for example---and excellent/superior spatial skills. However, it took me a full three years and two car accidents before I could drive. It did not come naturally to me at all. For example, I thought if you turned the steering wheel 90 degrees, the car should turn 90 degrees as well (it didn't...I'd run off the road).

Yes, I tend to take things too literally. wink

sashh Sat 27-Oct-12 07:26:36

I was wondeering about this.

Bluepenny Sun 28-Oct-12 12:04:12

Same here... especially as DS has a dx of ASD, so it had to come from somewhere!

It's impacted on relationships, employment, friendships (or lack of more like) - to the point I am in a place of being able to start again.

Doing that with a diagnosis and strategies to help me would hopefully bring me happier experiences.

Where do you get one done? Referral via GP or private?

AlexanderS Mon 29-Oct-12 20:19:53

I quite want to ask people I know if they secretly think I'm weird. People would find that a bit weird though, right?

I want to do that too PromQueen! I'm also considering getting myself tested for ASD (my half-brother has just been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, my score on the AQ test is 29 and I'm constantly finding myself in situations where either I don't "get" someone or they don't get me).

The National Autistic Society website says to go to your GP and ask for a referral Blue.

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