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MindWithoutWalls
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12 Jul 2012, 12:54 pm

Well, it's official now. I've posted an installment in my blog to conclude the documentation of the process and updated my profile. My assessment is over, I've gotten my result, and I've been given this (the explanation of the cake is in my last two blog posts, near the end of each):

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I'm exhausted. All the stress of the past year's journey has caught up with me. I'm now taking some down time to recover from my fatigue crash / pain flare-up and to digest all this before making my next move, whatever that will be. It still hasn't entirely sunk in yet. I feel almost as though I need to keep hearing it over and over before I'll truly believe it's real. I'm so used to either not knowing or waiting to know. but I was very excited on Tuesday, and I really enjoyed that "high" while it lasted. :-)

I don't know what the future will bring, but I feel it was worth it to go through all this. I got the explanation of why I have an Asperger's diagnosis now, why other things being considered were ruled out, and why certain things constitute previous misdiagnoses. The written report will come in September. They're starting to get very busy already, dealing with providing the things parents will need for students returning to school in the fall. But I can wait. In the meantime, I already have my answer.


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12 Jul 2012, 1:20 pm

Congratulations!! !

It's great you've finally got the answer.

That is a truly wonderful cake :D



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12 Jul 2012, 2:26 pm

That cake is awesome and hilarious.



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12 Jul 2012, 3:33 pm

That looks like a yummy cake.

Today I got my results after months of waiting and I have Autism and some other conditions. It feels good that I have a answer now and it was not a waste of time pursuing.



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12 Jul 2012, 9:00 pm

Congratulations, wonderboy!

My sister rocks! It was a sunny yellow cake she made from scratch, with store bought chocolate frosting. A lot of it got eaten by my sisters, my nephews and niece, and me on Tuesday night. I took most of the rest home with me from my sister's house. My girlfriend and I had some of what was left last night, and I think we may finish the rest tonight. Mmmmm!


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23 Jul 2012, 1:54 pm

So it looks like, not only I am definitely being referred to the adult autism centre for assessment, but also now the clinical psychologist who I was seeing will be writing a letter supporting my referral, even though they had originally said they would not.

I get the impression the clinical psychologist directly intervened to ensure I did not get lost in the referral system, and since the CPs views would be sought at some stage anyway decided they might as well write a letter now. All in all a very helpful thing to do.


I'm glad the CP was looking out for me. Also I wonder, if I had not had someone looking out for me, could I have been lost seeing the wrong people for a while, could my search of diagnosis have gone badly off track. I'll never know for sure, but I'm very grateful the CP is now helping.


It appears the clinical psychologist is also now much less sceptical that I might have Aspergers or High Functioning autism now they have seen the results of the online tests (and actually took some of the tests themselves - to see what the results were for them - I guess to check them out for themselves) and also read my long list of reasons. Yet more good reasons for building an evidence case before seeking diagnosis as an adult it appears.

So, I discovered an interesting thing about the way it appears the diagnostic process works in the UK in my region today. It seems that who knows you may speed it up, or at least prevent it going off track...

I've written some more details about this on my blog here.



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25 Jul 2012, 1:46 pm

That's good news! You're on your way! I'll check out your blog soon. :-)


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