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BiffGriff
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22 May 2019, 11:04 am

Been lurking for a few days and figured it was time to say hello. I've never been diagnosed but began realizing over the last year or two that Aspergers explains a WHOLE LOT about my personality. Took the little AQ quiz and scored a 43. I've always been pretty self-aware but turns out that this aspect has flown under my radar for quite a long time.

So here's my question: what are the benefits of a formal diagnosis? Other than an official proclamation, I'm not sure I see anything to gain.

And I'm only speaking for myself - one thing I believe I've picked up on already is the fact that this is something that manifests itself differently in different individuals, so your mileage may vary.



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22 May 2019, 1:31 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet! :D


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22 May 2019, 1:37 pm

A complete evaluation may help you understand your strength and weaknesses better. Sometimes people discount their gifts because they come so easily and assume that everyone else can do that. A superb memory does give you an unfair advantage when playing Scrabble.



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22 May 2019, 2:34 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet!

I think in a perfect world, an official diagnosis would lead to a treatment plan that would help Aspies cope with many of the problems they are dealing with.

But we live in a very imperfect world.



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24 May 2019, 5:05 am

BiffGriff wrote:
Been lurking for a few days and figured it was time to say hello. I've never been diagnosed but began realizing over the last year or two that Aspergers explains a WHOLE LOT about my personality. Took the little AQ quiz and scored a 43. I've always been pretty self-aware but turns out that this aspect has flown under my radar for quite a long time.

So here's my question: what are the benefits of a formal diagnosis? Other than an official proclamation, I'm not sure I see anything to gain.

And I'm only speaking for myself - one thing I believe I've picked up on already is the fact that this is something that manifests itself differently in different individuals, so your mileage may vary.

For people who struggle with everyday functioning, a formal diagnosis can help you qualify for disability services like Vocational Rehab or other such social welfare based programs in your town. It can help on the job if you have to learn a challenging new task and need accommodations or extra time to learn. The same with college or Vocational training.



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24 May 2019, 5:13 am

I think that is the little online test that I tried. I had 41 out of 50 on it. I would be quite concerned if I had 50 out of 50! Haha!


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BiffGriff
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24 May 2019, 11:31 am

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For people who struggle with everyday functioning, a formal diagnosis can help you qualify for disability services like Vocational Rehab or other such social welfare based programs in your town. It can help on the job if you have to learn a challenging new task and need accommodations or extra time to learn. The same with college or Vocational training.


Now that makes sense. Thanks.



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24 May 2019, 11:49 am

There are organizations like Roses for Autism that don't require a formal diagnoses. They do require that you socialize during lunch. Eating alone is not an option.