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First paycheck=assessment


Starting a new job and hoping it will be the first step into getting an assessment for ASD. I have suspected this for a while and would love nothing more than a formal diagnosis so that I could move forward and find the help and support I need... though if it is Not asd, Hopefully i can still get answers and pointed in the right direction whatever that may be! I just feel so lost, so different


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I wish I could be assessed for ASD, but when I asked a psychiatrist for a referral for one she very bluntly refused ("No, no, no," shaking her head), which embarrassed and discouraged me. Even she agreed I show signs, my former psychologist thought the same (but never followed up), and it would explain a lot that social anxiety disorder alone doesn't. My theory is they don't like diagnosing older people, especially women, around here. I guess it doesn't matter much because even with an assessment/diagnosis, I don't have anywhere to seek treatment/help anyway. :/ I especially feel like a fraud trying to post on autism-themed forums without a diagnosis so I don't have anywhere/anyone to discuss it with.

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I wish I could be assessed for ASD, but when I asked a psychiatrist for a referral for one she very bluntly refused ("No, no, no," shaking her head). Even she agreed I show signs, my former psychologist thought the same (but never followed up), and it would explain a lot that social anxiety disorder alone doesn't. My theory is they don't like diagnosing older people, especially women, around here. I guess it doesn't matter much because even with an assessment/diagnosis, I don't have anywhere to seek treatment/help anyway. :/

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Iím so sorry and youíre right. They really dont like to, or maybe dont even know how to properly diagnose adults for asd. My dr and counselor also dismissed me and rather pushed meds for anxiety instead of getting to the root of the issue first. So i went on my own and looked up local psychs that generally specialize in asd and I just picked a couple that i thought could help. Some are companies that specifically work with asd children and adults, some are just independent psychs who specialize in it. Iím pretty certain I canít get a referral since it seems no one takes me seriously but hoping something works! I feel like itís the one disorder that has a time limit and if an adult around you doesnít pick up the signs early on and have you assessed, you basically miss the boat


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