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Has anyone suspected that their social anxiety is due to them being autistic? I recently found out I was autistic and severely lacked social skills because of it.

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My dad went on holiday (vacation,) recently and ended up in a cafe/bar that was run by a woman who also worked as some kind of therapist. Some guy came in who is autistic, and then she started talking to my dad about him (as he apparently said hi which was progress since he rarely talked to anyone,) followed by him talking about me (I kind of hate that yeah,) and then she suggested to him that I go to this place in the UK but it's basically just the main autism research institute here lol... Apparently she knows Simon Baron Cohen or something. (Not sure if my dad is remembering wrong or if she just brought him up as related to this place.)

I could go to get diagnosed but will not be able to via NHS because the NHS sucks balls. (In fact I googled and someone who was trying to get referred there tried like 4 times via NHS before giving up and going private,) Will have to pay, probably very expensive just for a diagnoses which I might end up not getting and then back at square one. It feels almost like gambling and it's not like being diagnosed presents a solution necessarily (not sure what they do after that.) I looked into what they do to diagnose you (not in detail just the outline of what they test for,) and it does seem that their evaluation can also pick up on other diagnoses (possibly ADHD can't remember,) plus dyspraxia and learning disorders which could be of interest since people are always pointing out my weird motor coordination and my brother once suggested I might have dyspraxia since some of the ways I do things remind him of his friend who was diagnosed. Dyslexia runs on my mum's side of the family and my brother was diagnosed with that and they are all sort of related genetically so.

It's possible that I have undiagnosed autism, I was sort of half diagnosed with selective mutism as a child which is sometimes a misdiagnosis for autism and has some traits in common anyway (sensory processing abnormalities.) I also have a bunch of autistic traits.

What I'd really like is someone who is a specialist in everything to evaluate me for everything simultaneously but that doesn't appear to be how things are done here.. Seems like you have to have some idea in the first place but I have many symptoms of a few different disorders and some symptoms of an even larger number.

At any rate I don't believe my anxiety comes from autism it's not like it developed later in life after bullying from weirdness, both always went alongside each other so anxiety and introversion and other negative traits seem to run in my family. I have a cousin with full blown schizophrenia too and I think anxiety symptoms can be on a spectrum with that disorder as well.
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My brother has aspergers so theoretically I guess it could be genetic and effect me too, but afaik no one's ever thought to test me for that and I would doubt that I have it.
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Doctor is pretty sure I have it. Yes it is a major handicap and unfortunately trying to improve social skills gets me nowhere. Why a lot on the spectrum refer to the condition as living on another planet.

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I could go to get diagnosed but will not be able to via NHS because the NHS sucks balls. (In fact I googled and someone who was trying to get referred there tried like 4 times via NHS before giving up and going private,)
You honestly won't know unless you try! I say you should at least talk to a doctor and tell them outright that you would like to get a referral, make sure you have your reasons in your mind and say why you would like to get a referral to be assessed, say how it affects your life. If they don't refer you then they don't but at least you would have tried, right?

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Well, I wouldn't be surprised if there was some of that in there somewhere but it wouldn't do me much good to know it now. It would likely not be a badge of honor for me to wear. Probably helps a lot more to get it diagnosed early. Though I'm not sure it would really he all that helpful in a social sense (More like just give people one more reason to treat you like crap).

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^ I like how most classic Western philosophers were mentally ill and homosexual/pederasts and then culturally influential people are still often one or both of those groups today, and the political right just try to ignore that until it comes in the shape of a teenage girl.

'oh **** we've gone too far back it up.'

But really it's just about using whatever they can to discredit the people who are saying things they don't like.

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Yep!! My son at 4 year old has just been diagnosed as autistic.. he has all my symptoms but I just never saw a doctor for anything. I will probably at some point get a diagnosis. For now, I have more important things to do lol!

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idk I think autism is fairly accessible for people, they've seen movies etc so they just say it's that. theres a whole world of mental illnesses out there.

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No, because I believe my parents are the cause of my mental health problems, not something genetic like autism.
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Yep!! My son at 4 year old has just been diagnosed as autistic.. he has all my symptoms but I just never saw a doctor for anything. I will probably at some point get a diagnosis. For now, I have more important things to do lol!

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Iím trying to get a diagnosis for my son currently, thatís great you were able to get him a diagnosis itíll help a lot. Is he in therapy for anything? My son started OT and is on a waiting list for his diagnosis, physical, and speech. Thatís cool seeing another parent here I suspect I may be autistic as well, but I agree with you, too many more important things to do at the moment.

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Social anxiety for me is a feeling and a thought that tells me the elements from my environment is not natural. I can't relate to the people, social interaction, fit in with work or school. I've had an extremely bad experience in school with teachers telling me about the way I write and classmates trying to get me into serious trouble in class. My repetitive experiences triggered my social anxiety, now I can concentrate on the people behavior and language patterns to know their intent are lacking human features. As I learned the language patterns, I started realizing the people are trying to convince me to avoid thinking a certain way, where they can isolate me from my mind.

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Iím trying to get a diagnosis for my son currently, thatís great you were able to get him a diagnosis itíll help a lot. Is he in therapy for anything? My son started OT and is on a waiting list for his diagnosis, physical, and speech. Thatís cool seeing another parent here I suspect I may be autistic as well, but I agree with you, too many more important things to do at the moment.
He is! He has been in speech, occupational, behavioural and physical since he was 3. He was first diagnosed as global development delay as he doesnt have typical autistic traits. He can make eye contact and communicate just fine.. he just wont with people hes not comfortable with and his words are just fine, but he doesn't understand sentence structure. His diagnosis came at a perfect time when he started kindergarten .. now he is viewed as struggling. Not badly behaved like I was. Lol!

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I've always suspected having Aspergers. It's telling by the way people treat me. Plus I've watched videos of myself interacting with other people and even I can tell that there's something about me that's slightly odd.
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