How did You find out You had Aspergers, Autism etc.?

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Fisplen
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06 Feb 2014, 2:59 am

I didn't find out myself, well I did but I didn't.

My Mum when I was younger knew something wasn't right when I wasn't speaking at 3, only saying basic words ( a common early symptom of Aspergers )

She took me to see someone they did some test and on me and decided that to be certain I had Aspergers send me to the best place in the UK equipped for doing stuff like this, some fancy place in London where they did a bunch of social tests on me and asked me questions, by now I was 6 and I can remember that a bit.

I knew there was something odd about me but I never knew I had some condition, not til I asked my Mum why I had someone looking over my shoulder in school lessons ( which I hate )
I was about 12 at the time and she said to me " well You have Aspergers, didn't You know? "

Thus this is how I found out I have it.

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06 Feb 2014, 3:35 am

I didn't find out I was AS until I was 41. It literally took a psychiatrist to come to me and tell me what I had. once I fallowed up on his lead and confirmed it. It turned my whole life upside down.



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06 Feb 2014, 3:38 am

My road of discovering that I did have aspergers is a bid long. I have always been a bid odd, but not odd enough to be completly alone. I always have few good friends.
The whole things started around ~10 years ago when I was working at Sheiling School. The school was for kids on autisme spectrum on the servere end (they need one to one to do anything). During that time we got some lectures about what classic autisme was and was toled that there was 6 major symtoms of autisme and if you got 4 of those you could call youself autistic. I did found it weird that I did have 3 of those (but much milder than those kids on the school).
The road to get a diagnose realy took of around 2 years ago when a coworker of mine asked me if I was an asperger. At that time I did not know what it was so I started diging into it and did found out that there was a lot of similaritys between me and that diagnose so Last year I did contact my GP and the diagnose started at took a year. Last december I got a officiel diagnose(a week before I turned 31) and they did offer some free social therapy which I am taking now (when it is not in conflict with my job)



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06 Feb 2014, 3:39 am

I was diagnosed pretty young - long before I would have understood any of it.
Id say I pretty much learned about it / found out about it when doctors and therapists
would talk about me to my parents like i was not in the same room. Also my parents explained
it to my cousin who is my age and then he would tell me what they told him. Up til I was about
7 he was the only person I would/could communicate with.



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06 Feb 2014, 3:45 am

My mother was looking up some things regarding my nephew (odd motor movements), and ASD was the only one that really fit. I think she also read up on some stuff regarding older individuals with it too, which led on to the usual, "that's like you/me!"



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06 Feb 2014, 4:13 am

I was told by two therapist and a psychologist that I may have it (they were part of a center) and asked that I go see a specialist that confirmed it. I honestly thought and still do to some extent that it's just another label to justify putting up with me.



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06 Feb 2014, 5:33 am

I play poker one night a week and another member of our group is a psychiatrist. In the middle of a game he commented that "for someone with Aspergers I handle it quite well" and I had no idea what he was talking about. OK, I've always known that psychologically I'm a bit different but once I knew what caused all this I realized why it was happening.

So, I did some digging around in the library and on the Internet, got properly tested, and yep, I'm an Aspie.


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06 Feb 2014, 5:40 am

a year or so ago I heard something on the radio about ASD, it just really struck a chord with me. I have always had troubles with social situations, withdrawing, depression, eye contact, relationships, eating disorders etc etc. Went home and looked it up and the more I read the more I just couldn't believe they were describing me so perfectly.

Took the AQ test and that other one which both suggested ASD. after a lot of research I presented my fiancé with info and gave her some bullet points about traits of ASD, she laughed and said it described me spot on. went to the doc, she said it is very likely I have ASD and referred me to a specialist but I never went



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06 Feb 2014, 5:53 am

I was writing a university thesis on autistic traits and realised the stuff I was reading about Asperger's was describing me.



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06 Feb 2014, 6:49 am

I always knew I was weird, but I felt like I had left behind the worst in my childhood and was now better.

Then my son didn't start talking, and me bitching about social interaction caused someone to assume I was diagnosed and they told me about here.

8O To say it was a incredible revelation would be undersell my reaction.



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06 Feb 2014, 7:52 am

When I was in my early teens I fell into a major depression, got in contact with a shrink through the schoolnurse. This shrink retired after our contact for 3 years which led me to get another shrink for 2 more years before I came to a psychiatric department for older teens-adults where I had a contact person for one day during two weeks before she brought up that they should investigate wether I by any chance had ADHD/ADD and/or AS. A psychologist started investigating me and after our first meeting she ruled out ADHD/ADD but continued on with AS which she later confirmed I had. After that I got in contact with my favorite-shrink (the only one who actually made a difference to me). So yep, that's it. (:



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06 Feb 2014, 8:02 am

My mother told me sometime in high school. Supposedly I was diagnosed when I was 6 or 7 and I even have a psych explanation from back then to prove it.



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06 Feb 2014, 8:33 am

i was talking to a psychologist and he had suspicions i had autism, and then he spoke to my dad and asked my dad a series of questions about me and then he explained aspergers and said i had it, my dad didnt even disagree, he knew something was up. the psychologist i have works with a lot of autistic kids and teens knows what to look for in the condition. i was 15 at the time.


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06 Feb 2014, 9:00 am

Fisplen wrote:
I didn't find out myself, well I did but I didn't.

My Mum when I was younger knew something wasn't right when I wasn't speaking at 3, only saying basic words ( a common early symptom of Aspergers )


I thought there were NO speech problems/loss/delays in Asperger's, that that's what separates it from classic HFA.

beer1982 wrote:
My road of discovering that I did have aspergers is a bid long...Last december I got a officiel diagnose(a week before I turned 31) and they did offer some free social therapy which I am taking now (when it is not in conflict with my job)


Would it be time to change your profile here? It still says you don't know if you're an Aspie or not!


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06 Feb 2014, 9:11 am

I learned at 40 when I went to a social function that went wrong. Devastated (yet again) at failing to grasp the most basic of human social interactions, I asked on another forum about a "friend" and someone mentioned it might be AS. I started researching AS and realized it was word-for-word my life for as long as I could remember.



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06 Feb 2014, 9:23 am

My mother was told I had high-functioning autism symptoms when I was diagnosed with ADD at 6.
When I was around 13 she found out about Asperher's and she thought almost all the symptoms applied to me.