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QuiversWhiskers
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29 Dec 2014, 9:02 pm

I think most of us get that, NCOT. It's weird to answer threads like these. It's like saying, "Congratulations on your diagnosis of diabetes! You'll have to have insulin for the REST OF YOUR LIFE!" But we know the point is that it gives explanation, access to assistance that might be needed, and hopefully a little more peace than was there before, even with the doubting and questioning afterwards.

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I get what you mean. I've seen at least a couple people on WP saying autism makes us better, that it's not even a disorder, and acting like we're some elite race of humans. Frankly, I find that just as silly, and offensive, as Autism Speaks' view of autism.

I'm not necessarily super glad I have autism, more just that I'm glad I know that I have autism.


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Yes. Oh, yes. This attitude is probably not as prevalent as it feels though.

Edited to remove something that might change the course of this thread in a negative direction.


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29 Dec 2014, 9:03 pm

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While I can agree with the sentiment for myself (I myself could never self-diagnosis myself), hopefully, this won't become another "Is self-diagnosis OK" thread. Though I did very much enjoy the back and forth banter. It was quite entertaining.


Seriously. I didn't even find it entertaining. I respectfully request that nobody do that. Start another thread if you have to (but please, just don't do it at all).


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29 Dec 2014, 9:29 pm

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I wonder if you could the psychologist and/or his/her secretary, and ask if the results could be mailed.


I guess it wouldn't hurt to ask. I'll probably try calling tomorrow.


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30 Dec 2014, 1:38 am

Hey, L_Holmes, congratulations on finally getting some answers! I know how incredibly difficult it can be to obsess about the assessment process, autism and whether or not you have it and I hope that the anxiety subsides a bit now that you're officially diagnosed. I still doubt my diagnosis from time to time but knowing that someone has taken a look at my life, my developmental history, the way I come across in person, my current problems etc and has come to the conclusion that I'm indeed on the autism spectrum makes the doubt a little easier to deal with. I hope that'll be the case for you as well.



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30 Dec 2014, 2:26 am

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Hey, L_Holmes, congratulations on finally getting some answers! I know how incredibly difficult it can be to obsess about the assessment process, autism and whether or not you have it and I hope that the anxiety subsides a bit now that you're officially diagnosed. I still doubt my diagnosis from time to time but knowing that someone has taken a look at my life, my developmental history, the way I come across in person, my current problems etc and has come to the conclusion that I'm indeed on the autism spectrum makes the doubt a little easier to deal with. I hope that'll be the case for you as well.


Thank you :D I've definitely felt a lot better today in general, I don't think I realized how much anxiety this was causing me. I think I will probably still have problems accepting it for a while, but at least now I feel like that will start to subside. Before this it seemed to just get worse.


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30 Dec 2014, 2:49 am

L_Holmes wrote:
Thank you :D I've definitely felt a lot better today in general, I don't think I realized how much anxiety this was causing me. I think I will probably still have problems accepting it for a while, but at least now I feel like that will start to subside. Before this it seemed to just get worse.


I know what you mean. The other day I quite suddenly realised that I'm not as anxious now as I was before getting the diagnosis. I realised I've had more better days after the assessment finished than I've had in a long time. Things are still difficult and I'm still very anxious about other stuff so it's not like I'm free from anxiety or anything, but the whole assessment process and doubting things all the time caused massive anxiety and I'm very thankful most of those days seem to be over.

I think having a hard time accepting the diagnosis is normal/common (at least it seems that way). I still have a bit of a hard time accepting it sometimes but I've found that it gets easier once you've had time to process it properly. Talking to the psychologist (the specialist that assessed me) about it sometimes and reading the official report several times has helped a bit so far. Not all people want the official report but you could probably ask your assessor about it if you do.



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30 Dec 2014, 2:22 pm

rebbieh wrote:
I know what you mean. The other day I quite suddenly realised that I'm not as anxious now as I was before getting the diagnosis. I realised I've had more better days after the assessment finished than I've had in a long time. Things are still difficult and I'm still very anxious about other stuff so it's not like I'm free from anxiety or anything, but the whole assessment process and doubting things all the time caused massive anxiety and I'm very thankful most of those days seem to be over.

I think having a hard time accepting the diagnosis is normal/common (at least it seems that way). I still have a bit of a hard time accepting it sometimes but I've found that it gets easier once you've had time to process it properly. Talking to the psychologist (the specialist that assessed me) about it sometimes and reading the official report several times has helped a bit so far. Not all people want the official report but you could probably ask your assessor about it if you do.


Yeah, I still feel anxiety from work and all the preparations I have to make for my upcoming move. But especially once I've actually moved I think I will be doing a lot better.

And thanks for reminding me, I need to call and ask the clinic about that before they close.


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30 Dec 2014, 11:40 pm

Ok, so I guess the reason I didn't get a copy is because he hasn't actually completed the full report yet. Once he is done the secretary will call me and schedule a short appointment to discuss it and I will get a copy of the report at that time.


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