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what are the benefits of pursuing an ASD diagnosis?

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emmaleemochizuki

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my consultant thinks I might have ASD, and I don't know if I should discuss it further.

what are the benefits of ASD diagnosis?
 
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i guess you may get more support/or more support taylored to your specific needs?
i would want to know if it were me and it may help with your benefits
let us know how it goes? x Lu x
 
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I'd say go for it! Definitely! Why? Because I did so myself, 6 years ago. I got the diagnosis of Asperger's and ADHD, and it finally enabled me to make sense of my life. At last, now, I know the cause of my mental health problems and get the appropriate treatment. Before that, I was just being diagnosed with mental health problems and treated for those - which was entirely inappropriate. Too many people get diagnosed on the mental health symptoms, rather than the ASC cause. There is more understanding about ASC now - but the mental health sector is still, in many ways, largely ignorant - and committed to old ways of dealing with mental health. ASC is NOT a mental health condition. But it causes them.
 
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As Marmalade, having the diagnosis helped me make sense of my life, decisions made (good or bad) started to make a little bit of sense and also understanding the reasons why people never really understood me, or getting upset because I could not understand why people did think in the same why my brain did because to me it made absolute sense !!
 
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Agree with CaptainSpockSock. If you decide to go down that route, you need to be insistent with your GP. Don't take 'no' for an answer. Get your consultant to write a letter of confirmation about their views. You have a right to this diagnosis, under the Autism Act 2009, so you shouldn't be refused. I waited just over 2 years from initial referral to diagnosis - with ADHD added on. That diagnosis will help you to get appropriate support, and MH support is often not entirely appropriate. For example, most anti-depressant medication is formulated for a neurotypical mental template - and the neurodiverse mental template, as the word implies, is quite different. A Windows operating system against an Apple or Linux system: they do the same job, but in entirely different ways.
 

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