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Should I get an official diagnosis?
Yes, it would make explaining easier. 67%  67%  [ 16 ]
No, screw the healthcare system's diagnosis of autism! 33%  33%  [ 8 ]
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26 Apr 2008, 8:40 pm

I show all the signs of AS, I've tested extremely high in neurodiversity in all of the online tests I've taken, the only thing I have trouble left is convincing some family that I have aspergers. NOw here's my question: Should I get officially diagnosed by the family doctor? I really don't want something like this on my health record, just so I can keep things less complicated, but no one seems to ever believe that I have AS w/o an official diagnosis.



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26 Apr 2008, 8:58 pm

If you can get your family to acknowledge that you have aspergers, both you and they can begin to acccommodate for any of your behaviours that may cause difficulties.


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26 Apr 2008, 8:59 pm

I don't know how the health system works where you live and what kind of disadvantages having it on record could have, so I'm not sure. I am thinking of getting a diagnosis because my job and studies are too stressful for me, I seem to need more time and more breaks than everyone else or else I break down, and I think the piece of paper from a doctor might help with that. Do you have a similar use for it?
In any case, I would recommend going to a specialist rather than your family doctor - chances are they won't do a very good job unless they happen to be particularly interested in that area.



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26 Apr 2008, 11:07 pm

Well I'm a 17yr college student in California, US. (started college at 16 ^_^)

While I admit some extra time on a few tests would be nice, I really don't think it's something worth going through all the proper paper work over. I also think the whole AS label would really knock down my chances at work as well...



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26 Apr 2008, 11:22 pm

In that case, it sounds like it's not worth it - I prefer not to tell people about AS when I don't need to, there's too much risk they'll start treating me like an idiot. Just hang out here for a while and read about it online and you'll soon get a good idea about whether you have it or not. Your family don't need to believe you for you to be sure.


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27 Apr 2008, 12:35 am

Maybe I didn't elaborate enough first post, but I absolutely *do* have it. I could barely keep balance as a child, I never took a nap during the day as a toddler & had sleep problems my entire life, social problems where severely evident starting around the 2nd grade, I have countlessly went from completely calm to throwing violent fits, etc...the list just keeps going.

EDIT: Forgot to mention extreme interest in computers & electronics at a very VERY young age...



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27 Apr 2008, 12:39 am

Why is it important to have your family believe you?

When I told someone and they denied I had it, it made me doubt my own judgment. If that's not why you want your family to believe you, I'm not sure what it is..


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27 Apr 2008, 6:09 am

It's just annoying as hell. Imagine every time you mentioned something completely logical, like how Bush has a low approval rating as of right now, & someone tries to prove otherwise or completely denies it? Well, Bush's approval rating might be a little too touchy...let's just replace that with 2+2=4...



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27 Apr 2008, 7:13 am

Yeah that would suck.. you just need smarter family members! (I'm yet to find a way to introduce my mother to logic). I would think good work prospects are worth more than understanding family members - mine would manage to misunderstand anyway so the risks wouldn't be worth it. Perhaps you value your family's opinion more than job prospects though - it's an individual choice.


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27 Apr 2008, 8:20 am

Depends. If you're in school, you absolutely should, as you will then be able to get necessary accomadations. If you are not, I don't know.



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27 Apr 2008, 12:19 pm

Well, unless your family doctor is particularly knowledgeable about ASDs, he/she would not be my first choice. Don't forget, MDs usually don't have much training in autism. They are medical doctors specializing in physical problems, so mental health/development is not their area of expertise. If you are interested in a diagnosis, try to find a local psychologist who specializes in ASDs.

Regarding telling your family, unless they can see the symptoms themselves, I doubt an official diagnosis will make much of a difference. Why do you want to convince them anyway? Do your issues interfere with your relationships with them?