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my aunt thinks I'm autistic

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Zoe1

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I was diagnosed in hospital with schizophrenia

but my aunt says so was my mother
and she thinks we are instead autistic

no doctor has ever suggested that

my aunt says it runs in the family

I think I asked my psychiatrist once
and he said no its schizophrenia

confused

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Its quite rare that ASD spectrum disorders are co-morbid with SZ, bi-polar a lot less so. I am not classically SZ either but it's my diagnosis even though my shrink describes it as a nasty, psychotic illness, I think sod it, SZ looks good on the PIP form.
 
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not sure we can decide to be schizophrenic
well I thought I did
but all the hospitalization and stuff
did I make all that up ?
 
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If I were you I would try to get a second opinion. Sometimes shrinks are just utterly convinced they are right and they don't look at the other options. If you can find someone who has actually had some training to work with autistic people, they are more likely to get it right.

I am still waiting for diagnosis, but I do know I have some of the features -- I get upset by loud noise, and by too much going on at once (it's called overstimulation), and I am somewhat distanced from my feelings and my sense of humour. There are other features I don't have -- obsession with routine, difficulty socialising with people -- but we are all different.

It is more likely to be schizophrenia if you are seeing or hearing things that everyone else says are not actually happening, or you think someone is out to get you and nobody agrees with that. But I'm not an expert, I don't know whether or not someone can be like that and also be autistic.
 
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thankyou Baba Yaga

Iv heard it said that Autism is a spectrum
and that everyone is on it

I think with me, that my medication has been very successful
so that I'm now not having the delusions
but I have still some odd features in my thinking
that now resemble other conditions
especially BPD in my opinion

I hope you get your diagnosis sorted out

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I am supposed to have BPD as well....but we can have several things at the same time. Seeing psychiatrist in 2 weeks but he can't diagnose the autism, he has to refer me to neuropsychiatry and that could take a year!
And yes, you are good enough just as you are.
 
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thanks Baba Yaga !

not sure I have the energy to pursue for the tests at the moment
got other tests going on
but am grateful for the information
that it requires a different kind of specialist
I did not know that

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actually I'm seeing my psychiatrist next month
which is usually pretty dull
I may surprise him with the news from my aunt
and ask him to make a referral !

thanks again x
 
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