Seattle Aspies: Need help finding a doctor

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Nikadee43
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28 Nov 2012, 4:34 pm

My health insurance has been activated through my work, and I'm trying to find a therapist who specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders who is hopefully in my network. I'm under the Blue Cross PPO plan. Does anyone have the same plan and/or can recommend a doctor in the area? I'm seeking diagnosis as well as someone to see on a regular basis. Any help would be greatly appreciated!



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28 Nov 2012, 5:02 pm

I got my diagnosis from a clinical therapist. Doctors generally don't just treat adults on the spectrum. What they treat are illnesses that could be related to it like anxiety, depression, etc.

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28 Nov 2012, 5:55 pm

I'm a Pacific Northwester myself, and in the same boat. Just started emailing therapists today, actually.
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29 Nov 2012, 2:11 am

What I did was Google local psychologists who specialized in treating patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders which led me to emailing a local therapist asking what I should do about my suspicions. She ended up calling me back and after talking for a few minutes, said she'd email me a list of places she typically refers her patients looking for assessment and to make sure I mention she referred me. At the top of the list (and the only place I remembered after accidentally perma-deleting the email *face palm*) was Ryther. Anyway, (trying to so hard to cut to the point), I ended up contacting Ryther (www.ryther.org), making an initial appointment where they deemed a full assessment was necessary and then going through my full assessment with them.
A few things;
-They typically treat children and teens but will also assess adults up to about 25. I'm not sure how set in stone this is or if it was a joke.
-I have Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic and the co-pay for the entire assessment was just $25. $25 and done.
-They have offices in North Seattle (closer to Northgate) and Bellevue; my appointments were always in Seattle.
-The waiting room there can be an absolute nightmare for Aspie's; running, screaming, yelling children at times...I was terrified, haha.
-I haven't received my diagnosis yet (appointment is Dec. 12th) and so I'm not sure what to say about the whole procedure. It's definitely very, very stressful; the assessment was 5.5 hours of testing with only a ten minute break. Think, mind-melting. Obviously, it's worth it but expect to go nearly insane if you also have ADHD. If I remember right, there were at least three or four other places she'd listed on the email so I'd do my research and find a place you're really comfortable with.


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29 Nov 2012, 6:37 am

I was diagnosed by a neurologist, a Dr. Gary Stobbe. In my case, the process started with getting my GP to refer me to a neurologist, and then a series of interviews, including of my family members. I was told that I was particularly hard to diagnose, as I'm considered on the high end of high functioning, and had rather developed coping mechanisms by the time I was diagnosed. I think for someone with a more clear cut case it wouldn't be quite such a long process, but I would recommend starting with a neurologist.


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29 Nov 2012, 7:49 am

Hello. A good place for autism therapy in Washington is "The Center" in Federal Way. They do not take insurance but seem to just take a donation per session. You can find them at http://www.the-center.co/index.html
If your insureance is good, you should get a full on eval from Dr. Edwin Hill in Tacoma @ Advanced Behavioral Medicine. Look him up on google. I have had several evaluations before and his seem to cover everything more so than anywhere else.


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18 Dec 2012, 3:00 pm

Thanks everyone. This is all really helpful.



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19 Dec 2012, 5:37 am

mine doesn't but he is pretty chill and doesn't want to psycho analyze everything i do so i stick with him....he's not an aspie or autism speciallist...

i was supposed to meat with one in the building but i missed the appointment....thinking of making another but my insurance has required the co-pay at the door now...which i cannot afford often...so we'll see.
(used to be able to say "bill me please") and get a few weeks to pay the bill.