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13 Aug 2008, 12:02 am

A variety of my characteristics lead me to conclude that I could possibly have AS. However I'm not sure it's very likely, for I am 15 and I've seen 1 psychiatrist, 1 psychologist, 2 counselors and a therapist, yet I have not been diagnosed with it. I was however diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but I do not by any means feel as though I am bipolar. I am very confused as to what my situation is.



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13 Aug 2008, 12:19 am

Comments, anyone?



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13 Aug 2008, 12:28 am

most doctors dont know what they are talking about



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13 Aug 2008, 12:32 am

It may be useful that I add my diagnosis of bipolar disorder has been argued to be false multiple times.



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13 Aug 2008, 12:49 am

I found taking the short quiz at http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php to be quite helpful in determining for myself if there was a trend in my behaviour that would suggest Asperger's Syndrome.

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13 Aug 2008, 2:26 am

I am in a similar position, though I haven't been diagnosed with anything at all. While I haven't [yet] followed this advice myself, why not see an autism specialist?



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13 Aug 2008, 2:30 am

ecky wrote:
I am in a similar position, though I haven't been diagnosed with anything at all. While I haven't [yet] followed this advice myself, why not see an autism specialist?
I agree I did and they diagnosed me very quickly.


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13 Aug 2008, 12:57 pm

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There's something to be said for an objective observer.

However, you NEED to be sure you talk to a doctor who knows about Asperger's, and knows what it looks like in adults, not just kids. They are few and far between.


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14 Aug 2008, 1:12 am

Callista wrote:
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who knows you better than you?
There's something to be said for an objective observer.


I figured the test itself would be the objective observer.

Callista wrote:
However, you NEED to be sure you talk to a doctor who knows about Asperger's, and knows what it looks like in adults, not just kids. They are few and far between.


I can attest to the scarcity of knowledgeable psychologists in the field of a minor group of variables in the autism spectrum. I took me two years this October to find a doctor to diagnose me. I had to be real simple and vague, I just made an appointment for a an evaluation for adult autism and and showed up. Four hours or so later I left like a limp dishrag but DXed. I watch the mail daily for the DX and evaluation in document form.



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14 Aug 2008, 1:58 am

They don't like it if you already know your diagnosis before you walk in... Yes, psychology's a complex field; but that doesn't stop a reasonably intelligent person from figuring out their own diagnosis--especially after a few years of study, in the case of an Aspie with a special interest in psychology. (BTW, knowing psychology doesn't make you immune to mental illness. The big difference is between theory and practice. Of course.)


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14 Aug 2008, 2:41 am

the naivete that is part of the condition also kept me from being aware of the condition. I found out about the syndrome and instant self diagnos to be like getting a new pair of glasses. All of my past relationships and enthusiasms viewed in the clarity of finally knowing the symptoms to look for revealed an interesting (if not emotionally exhausting life.)