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18 Feb 2021, 9:36 am

I've been seeing a psychologist for a couple of years for anxiety and OCD, and he recently raised the possibility of my being on the spectrum. Since I became more aware of ASD after my son was diagnosed, I wondered if I was on the spectrum. The online tests say I have both ASD and NT traits, which seems right. I need to do more research before feeling confident with a self-diagnosis, but for now regard myself as probably autistic.

I asked my psychologist about whether I should pursue a formal diagnosis, and he didn't think it was crucial for my situation. I haven't completely taken formal diagnosis off the table, but for now want to look deeper into self-diagnosis. If you diagnosed yourself, what resources did you use?

I took the AQ test twice. The first time was several years ago, and I scored 30. I took it again recently and scored 39. I think the difference is partly because some of the question are open to interpretation, and partly because the second time was after an anxiety and OCD diagnosis and a few years of therapy and knowing myself better.



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18 Feb 2021, 9:40 am

Google "Autism self-test" and pick any of those that pop up.


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18 Feb 2021, 10:50 am

Fnord wrote:
Google "Autism self-test" and pick any of those that pop up.


Yes, but I would say you should not take those tests super seriously IMO.

It can be helpful, but also you should not base your identity off of them in my opinion.

Everyone can do what they like though.


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18 Feb 2021, 10:56 am

Try the RDOS, which was part of my assessment.

https://rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php

It will give you a result like this:

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This is mine. ^

The more you are on the red side, the more likelihood of being autistic.
It will also rank you in comparison to other people who are self-assessed, formally diagnosed, or unsure.
I'll try to find my screenshot of my ranking chart.

Also, this isn't an assessment piece and it doesn't replace formal testing, but you may find this article relevant.

https://the-art-of-autism.com/females-a ... checklist/



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18 Feb 2021, 10:58 am

Oh, my bad. Sorry I thought the OP was female.

That article is interesting nonetheless, and may help others.



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18 Feb 2021, 7:05 pm

Thoroughly research the topic. Books by Dr. Tony Attwood are recommended.

Read the autism threads here and see if you relate to what is being discussed.

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19 Feb 2021, 10:43 am

Thanks for the replies.

I took RDOS a few years ago and got a mix of NT and ASD. I looked at the results quickly and didn't save the chart, so I'll take it again and dig deeper into the results.