Autistic Diagnosis in Adults//AspieAnswers

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Life of An Aspie Created by AspieAnswers. [Title of the Video:] AUTISTIC DIAGNOSIS IN ADULTS Welcome back YouTubers to my channel of An Everyday Life of an Aspie. If you're new to my channel, I welcome you all. I'm Aspie and I'm all about creating mental health and awareness and sharing my life story with Aspergers Syndrome and the like. I also give some tips and advice along the way be it your general health and mental health. I am hoping to be your girl in supporting you in this journey that we're journeying together regardless of the key differences between us and hopefully in saying this while journeying with me that you will get to know me more as whole and just not just a label of Aspergers Syndrome.

Smash the like button if you're liking some of the videos that I have been sharing out with you as well as maybe commenting below in what you would like to see hopefully in the near future or maybe 2018 because together hopefully I can do this as well the mix and match of the communication between yous and myself. So this one is the one about Autistic Diagnosis in Adults and as we know as I said as a disclaimer as always I am no medical doctor, I am just your normal everyday Jo Blogs so if you see any warning signs and symptoms from the past or present videos that you may have watched, seek professional help for yourself or your loved one or even seek professional advice for yourself or your loved one as I don't forever condone self harm. As a head also to bear in mind, also that I maybe sharing may not be limited in New Zealand of some of the information that I might present to you guys which I humbly apologise in advance but bear in mind I am hoping to link in the description below of some of the you know resources that I may have used or some of the services or what have you esepically in this case in what I am sharing with you all today hopefully so that you can be on the look out for yourself of what it is that you need help. As we know basically when it comes down to after finding out about the you know struggles that we come to terms of our diagnosis be it Autism Spectrum Disorder or the like. It can be very difficult for us to know what to do after the diagnosing or how to get this Autism Diagnosis without throughout the medical team. That is why am here today hopefully just to ease your burden, stress and worries as well. So, the question you're maybe asking while you are trying to get an Autistic Diagnosis as an adult: Am I autistic? You may be wondering if you are autistic.

Perhaps you have read something about autism, or seen a program on TV, and think that it describes some of your own experiences or some of the characteristics traits that you may be you know shining out regardless. But, bear in mind when self-diagnosing or watching some of these TV shows that are now clearly showing more and more everyday about people on the Spectrum of Autism, they sometimes, self-eggarate and just don't forever believe all those traits basically because there are some other online resources and tools out there that could help you diagnose yourself properly before you you know before you seek the right information and you know the right treatment for yourself if it does. It's quite common for people to have gone through life without an autism diagnosis, feeling that somehow they don't quite fit in or they feel just that they feel different or whatever else of the mixed feelings that they may have about you know when they're trying to blend in or whatever else it may be. Many people learn to cope with life in their own ways, although this can be really hard work for some of us. They might be married or living with a partner, have families or successful careers. Others may be more isolated and alone and find things much more of a struggle. It is up to you whether you decide to seek a diagnosis and some people are happy to remain self-diagnosed.

The only way to know for sure whether you are autistic or not is to get a formal diagnosis. Benefits of a diagnosis Some people see a formal diagnosis as an unhelpful label, but for many of us , getting a timely and thorough assessment and diagnosis may be helpful because: *it may help you (and your family, partner, employer, colleagues and friends) to understand why you may experience certain difficulties and what you can do about them *it may correct a previous misdiagnosis (such as schizophrenia), and mean that any mental health problems can be better addressed NOTE: As I said before about some of the diagnosis will wrap with each other so it's best to know the differences about this. (however, it can be difficult to make a diagnosis of autism where there are severe mental health issues, or where someone is receiving treatment) *it may help you to get access to appropriate services and benefits your employer will be required to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to your needs or accommodation. *it may help women, and those with a demand avoidant profile, who may not before have been recognised as autistic by others You can join the autism community – you don't need to be diagnosed to join an online community, forums or Facebook or subscribe to our Asperger United magazine, but you might need a diagnosis to join some social groups.

Autistic Diagnosis in Adults//AspieAnswers

Getting a diagnosis – the process I am going to break this down for yous right now: Autism (including Asperger syndrome) varies widely from person to person as I said that we are all not fitted in the same box for this criteria however , so making a diagnosis can therefore be difficult. A diagnosis – the formal identification of autism – is therefore best made by a multi-disciplinary diagnostic team. Some diagnostic teams accept self-referrals, but in most areas, you will need a referral from your GP. If you are seeing a different health professional for other reasons (for example, a psychologist if you have depression), you could ask them for a referral instead.

Step 1: Speak to your GP Book an appointment with your GP to discuss with them basically the signs and symptoms that you might be having or what have you. Make sure your diagnosis is the only thing you are seeing your GP about. If you try to mention it during a consultation about another subject, your GP may not address it fully.

Step 2: Present your case Your GP needs a reason to refer you for this diagnosis of Autism or what have you, so you will have to explain why you think you could be autistic, and how a diagnosis would benefit you. If you think you might want help with this, ask someone you know to come with you. Explaining your situation You could say that you've been reading about autism or what not, or that you've been in touch with The National Autistic Society or studied your own research. You could say that you think you experience some of the difficulties people on the autism spectrum can face, and you would like to seek a formal diagnosis to be sure.

Try to give your GP some examples of difficulties you've had in adulthood and childhood with communication, social interaction, sensory difficulties, friendships or employment, and the need for routine, and how much you think these affect the different areas of your life. Your GP’s responsibilities Not all GPs will have an in-depth knowledge of autism bear in mind, so it's important to explain things as clearly as you can. You could take along a copy of our guidance for GPs, and tell your GP about the relevant guidelines on autism recognition and referral that should guide their decision to make a referral.

In England, your GP should be following NICE guideline 142 and be aware of the statutory guidance requiring a clear diagnosis pathway for adults. In Northern Ireland, your GP should be following NICE guideline 142 and be aware of the Northern Ireland Autism Strategy and Action Plan. In Wales, your GP should be following NICE guideline 142 and be aware of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan. In Scotland, your GP should be following SIGN guideline 145 and be aware of the Scottish Strategy for Autism. Just bear in mind this is just for UK and that I will hope to add in the description below other countries about what I am sharing with you all if need be.

Step 3: Getting a referral If your GP agrees to refer you, I recommend that you tell them about local services which have experience of multidisciplinary diagnosis of autism in adults. Print out the details of diagnostic services in your area and take them with you. If it isn't possible to refer you to a multidisciplinary team, you could be referred to an individual professional, such as a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. This professional should be experienced in diagnosing autism, as this will mean you are more likely to be accurately assessed, and will avoid having to go back to your GP to ask for a second referral. Be aware that it can sometimes be hard to find a service or professional with experience of diagnosing autism in adults. Once you have been referred, there is no more involvement from your GP as it will be with your team of specialists. Where will I be referred to? Again,, You are most likely to be referred to a diagnostic service (such as a clinic or assessment centre) in your local Clinical Commissioning Group area (in England), your Health Board area (in Scotland), your Local Health Board area (in Wales), or your Health and Social Care Trust area (in Northern Ireland). You can be referred to a service outside your area, but as this costs more, your local NHS commissioning body might question why you need to go there, or whether you really need a diagnosis.

Private diagnosis is always an option, if you can pay for one, but you may occasionally find that local service providers (for example, social services) will not accept private diagnoses and will insist upon you having an NHS diagnosis, too. What if my GP does not refer me? That is a good question! If your GP decides not to refer you for a diagnosis, ask for the reason why as you are entitled to know and it's all about YOU.. If you don't feel comfortable discussing their decision then and there, you can ask for a second appointment to talk it through. You could ask to see another GP at the surgery. If you want to complain about the referral or the diagnostic service you received, you can make a complaint. Step 4: The diagnostic assessment Most adults see a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or multi-disciplinary team for their diagnosis. Waiting times will essentially vary.

You can take someone with you again when you go for a diagnosis if you like - the choice is yours. The team or professional might ask you to bring an ‘informant’ with you – someone who knew you as a child, such as one of your parents or an older sibling. This is because they may be able to give important information about your life as a child. A diagnosis is not a medical examination to bear in mind. You don't need to be examined physically and shouldn't be asked for any samples, such as blood, urine, etc. Etc. How will they determine that I am autistic? The characteristics of autism again I can't stress it enough will vary from person to person, but in order for a diagnosis to be made, a person will usually be assessed as having had persistent difficulties with social communication and social interaction with their peers and also restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviours, activities or interests of some kind (this includes sensory behaviour), since early childhood, to the extent that these 'limit and impair everyday functioning'. There are several 'diagnostic tools' available, and diagnosticians aren't obliged to use a specific tool.

There are several diagnostic tools that is likely to involve a series of questions about your developmental history from when you were a young child (for example, about language, play and cognition). When will they tell me the result? The diagnostician will tell you whether or not they think you are autistic. They might do this on the day of the assessment when you went in to see them, by phone on a later date, or in a written report that they send to you in the post. Choice is yours to actually let you know about your diagnosis or the results of the online diagnositics if you are Autistic or not. The report may say that you present a particular autism profile, such as an Asperger syndrome or demand avoidant profile. Diagnostic reports can be difficult to read and understand in places. You can call the diagnostician to talk through any parts of the report that you find unclear or hard to understand. Find out more about autism profiles, and diagnostic criteria, tools, and manuals through certain websites that will give you this.

Step 5: Coming to terms with the results If you are told you are not autistic Sometimes people are told they aren't autistic, and sometimes they may be given a diagnosis they don't agree with. So, therefore you are entitled for another opinion. You can seek a second opinion, which either means going back to your GP to explain that you aren't happy with your diagnosis and ask them to refer you elsewhere, or talking to someone else or paying for a private assessment. If you go for a second assessment, just to remind you that it may reach the same conclusion based on your diagnosis as your first. If you get an autism diagnosis If you are diagnosed as autistic, you may have a lot of questions to ask and a lot of unanswered questions to fill in the void.

You might be wondering how you can find out more about your condition so therefore you might meet other autistic people, or access services and support from wherever you are in the different part of the world. Post-diagnostic support is important. Some diagnostic teams and professionals offer follow-up services after diagnosis and might be able to answer your questions and point you towards to the right direction of support services in your area. However, not all do this. Support does not automatically follow diagnosis, but having a formal diagnosis does mean that you are more likely to be able to access services and claim any benefits you are entitled to. Not everyone feels they need further support – for some people, simply getting a diagnosis seems to be enough in getting the everyday diagnosis. Well, this quickly ends the Autistic Diagnosis in Adults, if you like this, smash the like button below.

Comment below and feel free to you know share your stories of your diagnosis if you're wanting to based on how you got diagnosed and what not. Feel free to share these videos around to family and friends, feel free to subscribe to my channel if you haven't done so already if you want to join me on my journey right now as well as in saying this that I usually do this on the daily but this may subject to change after New Years period as it may be on three days a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday but don't fret as I am floating around on some groups on Facebook supporting you guys and rooting for you guys and what not. Also, feel free if you have done decided to basically subscribe to my channel by turning on the notification bell because as you can keep up to date with new content and following me on my AspieAnswers Facebook or Twitter page that I usually post on those to let you guys know in what's going on. So, thanks for your support and thanks for watching. #Dowhatyoulovelovewhatyoudo# Until next time.

Aspie signing out and I will see you again soon. Ciao for now.

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