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I think I might have autism, but I'm not exactly sure

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spiritfriend

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I just thought I should come here for advice.

I brought this up with a doctor who told me to talk to my psychiatrist. Well I talked to her and she was a complete piece of shit about everything and didn't give me any answers. So I'm no longer seeing her.

It's just that lately I've been searching online for information and watching documentaries, youtube videos, and movies about autism. Some things fit me. Like how I have trouble with eye contact. Have trouble with showing my emotions, which makes me appear cold hearted to people. I'm not very good in social situations. I have trouble focusing on reality. I forgot what else to list here, but from what I read I've been able to connect to several symptoms.

How exactly is autism found out? Because I was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, and they did a test to find out if I had it or not. One thing they did find out, and this I know is true, is that I have a learning disability in math. I think learning disabilities are common with autism? idk
 
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Hi spiritfriend,

I think that you need to be careful when researching a disability/condition you think you might have. Often, we will begin to unconsciously "match" symptoms to our lives, even if they do not happen to us to the extent required to be considered a disability. I don't mean to say that you definitely don't have it, just that it's better to leave the diagnosis to the professionals!

If you have a strong feeling that you could have autism, then it's worth having that conversation with a psychiatrist or other professional. It's not easy to "know" if you are or not - I've met people who are still doubting if they are autistic despite being diagnosed. Issues like eye contact, emotions and social situations do all seem resonate with autism, but I can't say for sure as I'm not a qualified psychiatrist - that is your best point of contact for this!x

Much love <3
 
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I just thought I should come here for advice.

I brought this up with a doctor who told me to talk to my psychiatrist. Well I talked to her and she was a complete piece of shit about everything and didn't give me any answers. So I'm no longer seeing her.

It's just that lately I've been searching online for information and watching documentaries, youtube videos, and movies about autism. Some things fit me. Like how I have trouble with eye contact. Have trouble with showing my emotions, which makes me appear cold hearted to people. I'm not very good in social situations. I have trouble focusing on reality. I forgot what else to list here, but from what I read I've been able to connect to several symptoms.

How exactly is autism found out? Because I was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, and they did a test to find out if I had it or not. One thing they did find out, and this I know is true, is that I have a learning disability in math. I think learning disabilities are common with autism? idk
Spiritfriend :)

Sent you a personal message about this :)
 
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I thought I might be Autistic back in 2007 and when I tried taking to a neurologist about my anxiety he kicked me out of the office. I took I drug overdose a few year ago and saw a different psychiatrist who actually talked to me. It's probably because my CPN wasn't there. I told him I can't read facial expression and have social problems. He asked if I'd been tested for Autism and I told him my family GP didn't want anymore NHS money spent on me and he said no we're gonna make it official but I never got tested.

When they was discharging from the mental health I asked about being tested for Autisim cause I'd been wating a year so my CPN referred me to a local charity to get tested because nothing happened at the mental health clinic but again, nothing. fucking. happened. When I phoned up they told me to make a self referral but again my CPN said she'll do it. I didn't trust them so self referred and that's how I got tested and diagnosed with Aspergers by a Psychologist.

I was med free so know it's a real diagnosis and believe the reason the NHS didn't diagnose me is because they knew I could sue them for failure to diagnose. That's what I believe anyways. I was gonna put a complaint in because I tried telling them when I was in patient back in 2009 but no one would listen but can't do that as because I've got Aspergers I don't cope well in new environments. I tried putting a complaint in using an advocate but because they wouldn't come to my house as I'm a diagnosed Paranoid schizophrenic I had to meet them in a youth centre. I was a nervous wreck by the time I tried to put in my complains and they made a woman who is an ex patient take my complaints take my complaint, who started sticking up for the doctor who diagnosed me. I wasn't even putting in a complaint in about him. The NHS protects itself very well. Not only with being sued but also from anyone being able to complain about treatment.

You need to go through a charity in my opinion. You've been misdiagnosed with schizophrenia as it, I don't think they care about you. My local charity has a website that you can download and print off a self referral form. The charity that diagnosed me actually allowed me to talk about my childhood, where as the mental health team won't. I also wasn't on any medication when I got diagnosed with Aspergers so I know it's a real diagnosis.

Good luck.
 
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Paranoid_Android

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Also like that other poster said, don't research it. I never did. You can end up thinking you've got cancer if you read up about it online, it's not good.
 
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I was diagnosed by a Psychologist. From my own experience they know more about Autism because I don't believe that it's a psychiatric disorder. If I'd been adopted as a baby I still believe I'd be Autistic but wouldn't be a Paranoid Schizophrenic but that's just guess work.

There's some talk about it on this website, it's only a small article. They are some good Psychiatrist that do know about Autism though, hopefully you'll get a good one x

Is Autism a Mental Illness? | Psychology Today
 
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I didn't know that a psychologist could diagnose here in the UK paranoid_android.

In my area you need to see a psychiatrist that specialises in autism to get diagnosed Idk if a regular one, like the sort that would diagnose mental illness, would be able to diagnoses. I guess it depends on what they do where you live and their training/ experience.

I know there is loads of info online about it and what it takes to get diagnosed, but like others have said it can be good or bad researching these things. it also depends on your insight, like other people may think you have an usually intense interest in something but to you it is normal.

I hope your new pdoc can help you spirtfriend.