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Malsane
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01 Dec 2008, 4:08 pm

I was 18 when I got the diagnosis. I knew from when my brother was diagnosed. I think he was 9, so I was 11, so almost 10 years ago. I could see that his problems and mine were the same, I was just better at handling them.



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01 Dec 2008, 8:44 pm

I was diagnosed at age 59 after a friend who has an autistic child mentioned that I might be autistic myself. Always thought I was just eccentric up until then.



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01 Dec 2008, 8:55 pm

My mother had been searching for answers for the several years, even went so far as to take me to specialized neurologists at Klugy Children's Clinic, a Chromotologist, and a several other experts, to which end I was diagnosed with ADD in 1994 (revoked in 1996), very mild cerebral palsy and PDD-NOS in 1996 (revoked in 1998) (age 11), and Asperger's in 1998 (13). During all this time, from 1994 onward to 1998, my Mom pretty much knew I had Asperger's, she was just cruising from specialist to specialist to get a diagnosis. When she finally landed it, it had been only 4 years since the diagnosis landed itself in the DSM IV, and there was no room for assistance at school, so she had to fight for a full semester to get me any help at all, and in the form I needed. Never mind that she was fighting her employers (and she was one of the lowest paid salary around). So, my Mom threatened to sue them and they caved. And the rest of the story would take too long.

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02 Dec 2008, 12:53 am

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And this reminds me: To the person who started the thread...Please, for your own sanity, do not go to anyone other than an AS specialist to discuss AS. If you've researched enough to ask the question, you know more about it than most of them. Far too many of us have come home devastated from conversations with therapists who say stupid things like, "If you had Asperger's, we wouldn't be able to carry on a conversation." I actually had a therapist say this to me five days before I was diagnosed by a specialist. The folks here on WP were nice enough to help me put myself back together again after that little disaster, but I don't recommend the experience.[/
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good point neshamaruach. i was told i couldn't be because i was a woman.

It is so important to find a specialist in AS and not someone who is a psychologist who really only knows what he or she learned at uni twenty years ago!



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02 Dec 2008, 1:12 am

I had had loads of tests,pills.treatments, diagnoses, and what not long before I was diagnosed correctly. By that time the whole business was second nature.So when mom came home with an Asperger diagnosis when I was twelve, that gave me quite a few things to think about. This was about 1997-- only 3 years after Asperger's was put into the DSM, and 16 years after Lorna Wing introduced the term Aspergers--so my reaction was somewhat relieved. (I even remember asking her, after a long pause "So... does this mean I'm not freak?" :lol:



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02 Dec 2008, 1:16 am

i was diagnosed with a bunch of things by various people
then diagnosed with AS at 15.