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Tahitiii
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30 May 2013, 10:43 pm

Does anyone know of a psychiatrist, anywhere in northern New Jersey,
who accepts Blue Cross and who can diagnose an adult on the spectrum?
I've been looking for almost five years and have found nothing.
It's a $50 co-pay every time I try.
No, I don't want drugs and no, I don't need someone to teach me how to tie my shoes.

It's like – I go in complaining about my appendix and they say,
"I don't know anything about that, so let's talk about your tonsils."

The place I went today assured me on the phone that their doctor could do it.
When I got there, she said that she read a book about it once and found it fascinating…



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30 May 2013, 11:37 pm

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31 May 2013, 8:25 am

Tahitiii you are not really going to have much luck with that from my experience. I just started working with a therapist over at Central Jersey Behavioral Health over in Cranford. The psychiatrist I started with wasn't much help, but at least with the therapist I at least get work work out my frustrations, coping skills, and on anger management. CJBH has some decent reviews, and I too have BC/BS which they accept ($40 co-pay for me). Along with ASD I have been diagnosed with double-dip depression, and PTSD (10 years working FD/EMS in a city in your neck of the woods will do that).



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31 May 2013, 1:42 pm

redrobin62 wrote:
Here's a link. Maybe you can start from here.
http://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.co ... 51&lmore=1
Thanks. I had to switch to Morris County, but it was a good start. Some of them look like they might be worth a try.



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31 May 2013, 1:49 pm

KF2M wrote:
...you are not really going to have much luck with that...
So, this CJBH wouldn't give you a diagnosis at all?
I don't need anger management, drugs or any of that stuff.
I just need an evaluation.



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31 May 2013, 2:25 pm

Sometimes your best bet is to find someone who is willing to learn and listen. The best people to do this are often younger and newer to the profession because they haven't been out of school for so long that they've developed patient stereotypes and are still used to having to learn new things constantly (an academically curious older professional would be even better, but I wouldn't know how to tell which ones qualified). If your case is unusual--adults presenting for the first time with autistic traits aren't really the typical case of autism--the person who is best able to help you is someone who can be flexible--whether that flexibility means learning new things about adult autism, or whether it means acknowledging that you don't really fit into any particular box and dealing with your particular issues specifically rather than trying to fit you into a pattern where you don't really belong.


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01 Jun 2013, 8:07 am

Tahitiii wrote:
KF2M wrote:
...you are not really going to have much luck with that...
So, this CJBH wouldn't give you a diagnosis at all?
I don't need anger management, drugs or any of that stuff.
I just need an evaluation.


Initially all I got was Depression, and PTSD from the shrink. Once I started with the therapist, and shown him the results of my RADDS-R which he now feels is the underlying cause of my other issues. Guess mental health professional's aren't used to seeing older adults coming in for Aspergers.