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Are you self diagnosed?
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17 Mar 2009, 10:03 pm

professional? I am just curious. I happen to be self diagnosed.



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17 Mar 2009, 10:15 pm

well sort of both I guess. I dont have official diagnosis, but my aunts worked for years at a mental health ward and they recognized my Aspergers and pointed it out to me. So I suppose I would call it technically diagnosed. Im still going to get a diagnosis when money/time permits and my Aunts think its a good idea and will help fund it. Anything to help me deal with life easier I suppose.



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17 Mar 2009, 10:37 pm

For right now I'm self diagnosed but I'm getting the testing set up tomorrow for the official diagnosis.



17 Mar 2009, 10:46 pm

I'm diagnosed by a psychiatrist. I found out this month at the aspie group here he was a professional in autism and specialized in it. I was never self diagnosed. I didn't know about AS then so how could I diagnose myself with something I never heard of?



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17 Mar 2009, 10:48 pm

I'm not self-diagnosed because I don't think I have it, but I'm going for an assessment on the 31st.



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17 Mar 2009, 10:52 pm

Anyone is gives themselves a self-diagnosis has no grounds for actually being autistic. It's like if Alfred Nobel gave the Nobel Prize to himself; it seems questionable, even selfish. :roll:



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17 Mar 2009, 10:58 pm

Stevo_the_Human wrote:
Anyone is gives themselves a self-diagnosis has no grounds for actually being autistic. It's like if Alfred Nobel gave the Nobel Prize to himself; it seems questionable, even selfish. :roll:



Anyone who has read the DSM-IV with a bit of understanding can give him or herself a valid diagnosis. Are you under the false impression that only psychiatrists and psychologists can give objective answers when it comes to diagnosing mental conditions?



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17 Mar 2009, 11:00 pm

I was diagnosed by a therapist who specializes in AS. I self-diagnosed myself with OCD, though, two years before I was diagnosed by a professional.
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17 Mar 2009, 11:05 pm

I must admit, every kid and his uncle (is that how that saying goes?) can read the symptoms of something and assume they have it.

Hence hypochondria, which is perpetuated greatly by the easy availability of medical information on the internet. Someone can see bloody noses as a sign of endometriosis and start telling everyone they have it. Likewise, every socially awkward teenager who stumbles into information about AS can easily start thinking that they have it because of a set of diagnostic tools, without seeking professional opinions. It is very easy to be wrong about this sort of thing, and confuse it with avoidance or anxiety. Then, when they start using it as an excuse, it sticks into their mind and they act more and more as though they have AS, and then it becomes extremely difficult to tell whether they actually have AS, or whether they just developed AS-like traits. At that point, most professionals will say that there is no diagnosis of AS, and whether or not the person had it becomes irrelevant.

I don't know, it just seems to me like self-diagnosing is too easy...



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17 Mar 2009, 11:11 pm

Kinnery wrote:
I must admit, every kid and his uncle (is that how that saying goes?) can read the symptoms of something and assume they have it.

Hence hypochondria, which is perpetuated greatly by the easy availability of medical information on the internet. Someone can see bloody noses as a sign of endometriosis and start telling everyone they have it. Likewise, every socially awkward teenager who stumbles into information about AS can easily start thinking that they have it because of a set of diagnostic tools, without seeking professional opinions. It is very easy to be wrong about this sort of thing, and confuse it with avoidance or anxiety. Then, when they start using it as an excuse, it sticks into their mind and they act more and more as though they have AS, and then it becomes extremely difficult to tell whether they actually have AS, or whether they just developed AS-like traits. At that point, most professionals will say that there is no diagnosis of AS, and whether or not the person had it becomes irrelevant.

I don't know, it just seems to me like self-diagnosing is too easy...


A person is with him or herself 24/7. There is no escaping the inner workings of the mind. That being said, an objective, rational, individual that is in touch with him or herself can make a proper diagnosis.



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17 Mar 2009, 11:34 pm

But since you have never been anyone else, you have no way of knowing whether the inner-workings of your own mind are the same as others, or different. You have no basis of comparison!



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17 Mar 2009, 11:34 pm

Self diagnosed but seeing a psychologist tomorrow at 12:45 for a possible professional diagnosis. I'm not sure she will be able to determine in 45 mins whether I is or I ain't. Time will tell.



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17 Mar 2009, 11:37 pm

I self diagnosed before my official diagnosis, but I was never sure until after my official dx. According to the APS she was an ASD specialist.



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17 Mar 2009, 11:40 pm

Kinnery wrote:
But since you have never been anyone else, you have no way of knowing whether the inner-workings of your own mind are the same as others, or different. You have no basis of comparison!

You can gauge the minds of others if you ask the proper questions, observe their behavior, or listen to their conversations.



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17 Mar 2009, 11:41 pm

diagnosed by AS specialist.
it was a Looooooong time coming. at 46