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Recently finally officially diagnosed.

In my case I still have the social anxiety. But I think part of that comes from me knowing my natural way of thinking is too different or off center than other people.

It took a specialist to pick this up about me. Otherwise I just come across as shy/quiet.

I think an underlying issue for SA with me as getting my parents on board. It’s still a fight but day by day and little by little I hope they understand my point of view better
 

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I'm sure I'm on the spectrum somewhere. I'm very shy, quiet and awkward around others. I'm sure my late father was on the spectrum, too. Our personalities are very similar. No doctor has ever diagnosed me with it but my GP has noted my anxiety and depression in his notes.
 

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My family have always thought I have it, and my nephew was recently diagnosed with autism level 2. My niece is a lot like me, and we should find out if she has it in a few weeks.

A doctor mentioned that I had symptoms when I was about seven, but I haven’t been assessed yet. When it was brought up to a psychologist a few years ago, she only rolled her eyes, sighed and ignored it, which wasn’t helpful.
 

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I'm glad you managed to get a diagnosis @Dan the man. I hope it helps and that you're happier knowing.


I've been wondering for a few years about that myself. I used to think it was only a black and white thing, but the more I've learned, the more I realised that it's much more complicated and nuanced than that. I now think that I may be mildly on the spectrum. It would explain a lot about me and how things have turned out. Not sure, at my age, if it would be possible to be tested through the NHS, or how much trouble would be involved. I'm sure it wouldn't be in any way easy.
 

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I personally do not have autism though I feel as though I share a few of the character traits of autistic individuals. I know there is something very different about me but I don't know what it is. I am possibly schizoid as I live a very solitary lifestyle but I'm not emotionally cold like schizoid people. So I don't know. I just know I'm not the same.

But anyway, hope having a diagnosis gives you some solace. I can see how that can allow you to understand yourself a bit better and kind of move on, if you will. And hope you can get your parents to understand as well.
 
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I used to think that I had Autism, but then realized I really just have social awkwardness and stress. I remember telling my psychiatrist, years ago, that I had Autism; he would always refute my claim and tell me that I have Schizophrenia. I would always think that he misdiagnosed me just because I look psychotic. I thought that my outward appearance was not how I really was internally. One time, we were talking during my appointment with him, and I briefly looked away from him. He then said, "You looked away..." and I could tell what he was thinking. He was just corroborating in his mind that I have Schizophrenia. Anyway, that's what I have. Schizophrenia. Maybe I just have traits of Autism; it doesn't mean I have it.

I also remember telling my psychiatrist that I have Social Anxiety Disorder, but he would always reply, "Well, social anxiety is part of Schizophrenia." He couldn't understand with his inaccurate perception of me. And to this day, I have maintained a diagnosis of Schizophrenia. A psychiatrist I used to be seeing, which ceased about a year ago, diagnosed me with Schizophrenia and Social Phobia, which I believe was accurate. But my current psychiatrist told me that "It's all the Schizophrenia." This is why I detest my current psychiatrist. He's a disdainful prick. He doesn't even care about me.
 

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Interesting @Dan the man and glad you have a diagnosis. What was the assessment like? . I have an assessment next week.

I'm honestly not sure what I want the outcome to be. On the one hand, if they say I am on the spectrum, that will make things a lot easier for me, as people take it a lot more seriously than social phobia. It also would explain a lot of other things.

On the other hand, identities are funny things, and can be limiting, plus I have had so many different diagnosis over the years, I'm not sure I trust it.

And if they say I'm not, that's going to be rough because I will feel like all my issues are personal failings.

I'm glad you managed to get a diagnosis @Dan the man. I hope it helps and that you're happier knowing.


I've been wondering for a few years about that myself. I used to think it was only a black and white thing, but the more I've learned, the more I realised that it's much more complicated and nuanced than that. I now think that I may be mildly on the spectrum. It would explain a lot about me and how things have turned out. Not sure, at my age, if it would be possible to be tested through the NHS, or how much trouble would be involved. I'm sure it wouldn't be in any way easy.
Very easy in fact. You just need to persuade your GP. Mine wanted me to fill in an abridged version of the AQ test. I didn't score very high on that, so I filled out the full one which was just high enough.

Had to fill out a questionnaire and get my sister to also, about 8 or so months later I have my assessment.
 

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Interesting @Dan the man and glad you have a diagnosis. What was the assessment like? . I have an assessment next week.

I'm honestly not sure what I want the outcome to be. On the one hand, if they say I am on the spectrum, that will make things a lot easier for me, as people take it a lot more seriously than social phobia. It also would explain a lot of other things.

On the other hand, identities are funny things, and can be limiting, plus I have had so many different diagnosis over the years, I'm not sure I trust it.

And if they say I'm not, that's going to be rough because I will feel like all my issues are personal failings.



Very easy in fact. You just need to persuade your GP. Mine wanted me to fill in an abridged version of the AQ test. I didn't score very high on that, so I filled out the full one which was just high enough.

Had to fill out a questionnaire and get my sister to also, about 8 or so months later I have my assessment.


I went to a specialist for it.

My parents and I got questionnaires to fill out. About my lifestyle and what not.

They interviewed myself, my therapist, and my parents. The parents were because they were around during my early development.

The whole process honestly wasn't pleasant. I mean by nature I have SA, so talking about myself isn't enjoyable. And this exam they go over all your schooling, work history. living arrangements, dating partners, etc....

Unpleasant but necessary though imo if you feel you might have symptoms or what not
 

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I had my assessment yesterday.

They also said I am on the spectrum. I'm sorta still a bit iffy about the conclusion. But it's definitely the more useful outcome.

Identical experience to you @Dan the man, my sister was to be the developmental person, they didn't even need to interview her in the end tho, but she did fill out the forms. It definitely wasn't pleasant, but manageable.

I might make a video about the experience (have a new yt channel) - might post it up if it ever gets made hah!
 

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I had my assessment yesterday.

They also said I am on the spectrum. I'm sorta still a bit iffy about the conclusion. But it's definitely the more useful outcome.

Identical experience to you @Dan the man, my sister was to be the developmental person, they didn't even need to interview her in the end tho, but she did fill out the forms. It definitely wasn't pleasant, but manageable.

I might make a video about the experience (have a new yt channel) - might post it up if it ever gets made hah!
Thanks for sharing.

Yeah I get that though it helps knowing but there’s still things about the determination that I question too.

Like for example the university I went too was very big and in my opinion alienating by nature imo. I dont know if being autistic in itself led to my lack of any social life there. Or like my job now for example, yeah I go to therapy for it for interpersonal skills…. but other people there non autistic find it very stressful at times as well
 
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