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Are you self diagnosed?
yes 37%  37%  [ 50 ]
no 63%  63%  [ 85 ]
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18 Mar 2009, 1:51 pm

I think it was both on the same time. Together with my psychologist she and I came to the same conclusion I could have Asperger's and then later it was confirmed by a doctor specialized in autism.



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18 Mar 2009, 2:02 pm

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...Following Mage's wikipedia link took me to another page which describes something I'd not previously heard of as a defined syndome (albeit not defined for the purposes of the DSM or anything), but which I have actually witnessed at another board I visit. Munchausen by Internet might be applicable. In the example I witnessed, the person seeking attention developed a really elaborate life story of someone with a tragic past, coping with a terminal illness, and developed this legend painstakingly for months with hundreds of posts using at least three different accounts. Only towards the very end of her "life" did the story grow so elaborate that there would be bound to have been evidence of her situation in the general media, and when there wasn't the edifice began to crumble. Someone might fake ASD online to get attention like that I'm sure.


That's funny... who knew people would do that?

Maybe we can, all together, create a character who embodies the plight of a tormented parent who struggles with the horrible burden of an Asperger child. You know, the parent whose daughter will never be Homecoming Queen or whose son will never be elected Student Body President and "Most Likely To Be Popular". We could detail her story, as she fails teach her clueless child how to laugh at the right time and other tragic frustrations.



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18 Mar 2009, 2:03 pm

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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...


I can relate to that. I had an online friend who seemed to want to have AS all of a sudden so once he started to obsess about it, he got worse and worse and seemed more and more aspie. I think it was an illusion he was doing on himself because the more he worried about rather he had it or not, the worse he got so it seemed like he had all of a sudden got AS by worrying about it. Then he went stalkish on me because he kept harassing me on AIM. I would block him and he would follow me under a different sn. He had so many of them it was impossible to get rid of him unless I created a new sn and stop using my other one. So that's why I have two AIM names. The second one was to ditch the stalker so I wouldn't have to log off and abandon my IM conversations with my other buddies. It was so I could log off and log back on under my new sn.

Yeah he plays the victim too believing everyone is mean to him. :roll: I don't know if he genuinely thinks that or he is just saying that to manipulate. Lot of people had problems with him so I knew it wasn't me. I even found out people had problems with him through email so they block him or quit reading his emails and they would just delete them.

Guess what, he did go for a diagnoses but got diagnosed with non verbal learning disorder instead. I don't know if he fooled the doctor or he genuinely has it. I do know he got brain damage after getting hit by a car when he was little so it effected his speech. I don't know if it effected his learning and other stuff. His behavior changed after we started chatting so I didn't even think his behavior was genuine. He changed after he started to obsess about AS and acted more cold hearted and not caring about how I feel and respecting me. I have spoken to lot of aspies online and lot of them didn't act that way.



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18 Mar 2009, 2:18 pm

I'm self-diagnosed, but I ain't a hypochondriac; I researched the condition properly and my officially-AS friend says that he thinks I have AS. I can tell from my thought patterns that I think like the people on WP, as opposed to the NTs in my class.

I am in the process of getting officially diagnosed, but there's a two year waiting list. The mental health worker said that I don't seem AS-ish (sounds like a case of a person with little experience expecting the Rain Man), but then I took one of those "tick the statements that apply" tests, and she said that judging by my answers I am AS. (Plus I completed the half-hour test in under five minutes, which apparently is most abnormal.)


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18 Mar 2009, 2:35 pm

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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:



I personally believe I have AS, but I don't tell that to anyone, not even my husband.

I first heard about AS 6 years ago, when my son was diagnosed. I've spent a large portion of those years reading and researching AS, from all angles. I've read a lot of books by people with AS, about their experiences, and so much of it resonates with me. AS explains so much of my own experience.


I don't feel the need to tell anyone what I think, though. It will always be possible for people to find other reasons why I am the way I am. I was a loner at school, and rarely played with anyone, but my mother saw nothing strange about that, because she's a loner as well. I got good grades, so that wasn't an issue. In high school I got terrible grades and had no idea how to organize my time or work, but no one noticed or cared. I've had a hard time in every job situation, despite being creative and intelligent, because I tend to get confused about what I'm supposed to be doing. I need clear, unambiguous directions for every task, or I become nervous and unsure about whether I'm doing the right thing. AS explains that. If I don't have AS, then what is it that makes me that way? Who knows?

I haven't sought a professional dx, because we have other things going on in our family now, and satisfying my personal curiousity about whether or not I'd official qualify for an AS dx is way, way at the bottom of my priorities list. There are bigger fish to fry.

No one else is affected by me thinking I have AS. But I relate to AS people a whole lot, and it's a useful, meaningful way for me to understand myself a bit better. It fits.

That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.



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18 Mar 2009, 2:44 pm

professional dxed me, I never even heard of it before, my mum just told me one night when I was 11.


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18 Mar 2009, 2:50 pm

I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist, at the age of 33.
Until that time, I suspect that no psychiatrist in my
home city had a background in Autism Spectrum Disorders
as we know them today.



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18 Mar 2009, 3:20 pm

Originally assessed at two years by paed. doctors in hope hospital [a specialist hospital in neurology],they avoided autism because their scans had shown up no damage [they believed autism=brain damage],was given a long list of severe behavioral terms instead,as well as blame on mum and dad from them and the gp.
late teens-diagnosed by a mental health pysch who had no experience in developmental/learning stuff -his experience is in actual mental health/illness [even stating this himself] the gp had said he was the most experienced he knew of with autism in manchester,was in and out quick-walked out with a diagnosis of the wrong ASD,ADHD [am dont have ADHD,the parts that look like are clashes from outside of body with autism],he diagnosed 'multiple learning disabilities' as a label to stop using MR.
Adult-diagnosed as severely autistic by autism specialists in traffords learning disability services.


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18 Mar 2009, 3:24 pm

ephemerella wrote:
Maybe we can, all together, create a character who embodies the plight of a tormented parent who struggles with the horrible burden of an Asperger child. You know, the parent whose daughter will never be Homecoming Queen or whose son will never be elected Student Body President and "Most Likely To Be Popular". We could detail her story, as she fails teach her clueless child how to laugh at the right time and other tragic frustrations.


I really hope you're being sarcastic.



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18 Mar 2009, 3:28 pm

I made a film about her years ago.


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18 Mar 2009, 3:41 pm

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I wonder how many self-diagnosed here have Munchausen Syndrome: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munchausen_syndrome


If I were still Self DX'ed I would find this suggestion really offensive.


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18 Mar 2009, 3:45 pm

Why offense at something that seems to be more common than once thought to be the case. Self-diagnosis of any condition can be potentially dangerous. It's almost as bad a self-dentistry.


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18 Mar 2009, 3:47 pm

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Why offense at something that seems to be more common than once thought to be the case. Self-diagnosis of any condition can be potentially dangerous. It's almost as bad a self-dentistry.


this is true.



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18 Mar 2009, 4:15 pm

Self diagnosed.

Autism isn't the super exclusive "invite-only" party a slight minority of you make it out to be.


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18 Mar 2009, 4:39 pm

-Vorzac- wrote:
ephemerella wrote:
Maybe we can, all together, create a character who embodies the plight of a tormented parent who struggles with the horrible burden of an Asperger child. You know, the parent whose daughter will never be Homecoming Queen or whose son will never be elected Student Body President and "Most Likely To Be Popular". We could detail her story, as she fails teach her clueless child how to laugh at the right time and other tragic frustrations.


I really hope you're being sarcastic.


I was! I was being sarcastic.