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  1. http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/clinical-resources/autistic-spectrum-disorder.aspx Resources for people with autism and their carers Making the most of your visit to the GP: a guide for those on the autistic spectrum [PDF] - a resource for people with autism and their carers to make it easier to access their GP Going to your doctor - an easy read version of the guide [PDF] 'My hospital passport' - developed by NAS to help people with autism to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals [PDF] 'My hospital passport' guidance to assist in completing and using the hospital passport [PDF] What is autism? What is Asperger syndrome? What next? Information for adults with autism before and after diagnosis After diagnosis: information for parents and carers of children with autism All about diagnosis Policy and guidance Autism Act, Strategy & Statutory Guidance NICE Quality Standard, QS51 Autism NICE Pathway, Autism NICE clinical guideline 170 Autism: the management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum NICE clinical guideline 142 Autism: recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults on the autism spectrum NICE clinical guideline 128 Autism: recognition, referral and diagnosis of children and young people on the autism spectrum Resources for GPs and health professionals Information for general practitioners from The National Autistic Society (NAS) A GPs guide to adults with Asperger syndrome Patients with autism spectrum disorders: guidance for health professionals Posters for GPs surgeries Learning resource on autism spectrum disorders from NHS Education for Scotland Top tips for diagnosing, support and meeting the needs of people on the autistic spectrum - Dr Y Delargy-Aziz, Leicestershire County Council Training resourcesAsk Autism: online training ArticlesDr Carole Buckley, Clinical Champion for Autism, talks to the BBC about the priority.
  2. Ok bit of a long winded post so I will start off by apologising! I know no one here is able to offer a diagnosis but I'm keen to know if any of these this sounds like ADHD/ASD Ok, so here's the story. Our son is now 5 (6 in April) from the age of 18months when he started a couple of mornings at nursery he was really hard to settle-had crying at the door for maybe 6months until we moved) then he started at another nursery and was pretty much the same when I left him until he moved into preschool where he had his good days and bad days. Towards the end of preschool he had a really bad day where he couldn't control his emotions and had a major tantrum lashed out at a staff member and bit her - he'd never bitten anyone before. Whilst I was concerned I did wonder if it was because he knew he was going to school soon and so so we decided to see how the holidays went and how he settled in. It was difficult doe times good days and bad days. Then he started reception. When we attended the settling in parents evening the teacher expressed some concerns to which we were pleased that it wasn't just us and someone else had noticed - hard to settle in, doesn't like change, difficulty handling emotions, tantrums, lots of fidgeting on the carpet, over affectionate to peers, easily distracted, sometimes distracting the group, doesn't appear to hear when called and difficulty pronouncing some sounds. Her advice was that we put in a referral for the school nurse to pop in to see him and to try and organise speech and language therapy and a hearing test. The school nurse visited and had a chat and attempted the hearing test but he didn't want to do it so I arranged this myself and the results were fine. We attended a speech and language appointment where they highlighted a couple of sounds he struggled with which he picked up at a later stage and was signed off at the follow up review. I had also expressed my concerns about his behaviours to the gp who organised a referral to the paediatrician. We attended the appointment with the paediatrician (me and my son) and was asked a number of questions and the paediatrician said that some of the answers sounded like Asd characteristics but didn't have any concerns socially so ruled that out but did wonder about ADHD but as some of the characteristics could be age related said that he couldn't diagnose until he was 6. He said that they would put us in touch with the local support team who would assist us further (this was in June 2015). Months passed and we heard nothing he started year one and had to be peeled off me at the school gates every morning from September until January when he finally settled down. He appears to be doing well at school a recent parents evening we were told he is at the right level for writing and maths and is above for reading, socially he is happy and plays with friends but despite being bright, as at home he can be very emotional, take things to heart, speak very loudly, speaks over people, is fidgety, leans over the table talking to people (I say talk-he talks very loud-in people's faces) etc. After not hearing anything from the LST and my continuing concerns that there is something (although can't quite put my finger on it) I returned to the gp who couldn't understand what had happened and had written directly the the LST for support. They have since been in touch and after I provided a list of characteristics/traits he displays she then forwArded said list to CAHMS who said there was nothing that they could do but advised that we needed to go back to paediatrics however seeing as we have been previously they advised we go direct to midlands psychology. I visited the GP this week who had also took a copy of these notes and put them together with a referral which we are now waiting on. ...I know no diagnosis is quick and these things take time but I just feel like some days we have real bad days and think yes there's definitely something and then other days he is the most kind sweetest helpful kid I think maybe it's just me, maybe I've done something wrong. The paediatric was sure he wasn't in the spectrum because he is OK socially...(apart from in some social situations - see list below) so please can anyone read the list below of a few things we have noticed and tell me in not going crazy. Sorry again for the long post * generally wakes any time from 5-6:30 - very loud and energetic from the get go until bedtime * tantrums-now starting to get angry when having a tantrum may throw and object if in hand or slam objects down on the time or might fetch something I.e a play sword like he wants to hit us with it. Angry voice, grits teeth, red faced and clenched fists * difficulty taking him to places that are busy e.g parks zoo farm etc as he runs off refuses to look at things tantrums about not being able to get a drink (not because he isn't allowed but doesn't understand it's because we aren't near a kiosk/shop despite trying to explain) tantrums because he wants a particular swing (and rather than find something else has been known to stand in front of the person on it grunting and waiting for them to leave it - as I was feeding baby at the time) shouts and screams at me * obsessed with his tablet and would happily spend ALL day watching minecraft videos if i let him (I don't he is now limited to an hour a day on either PlayStation/hudl or half an hour combined - losing time for bad behaviour). *sensory issues - socks don't feel right pulls at seems on the toes sometimes takes shoes off repeatedly because socks feel wrong, clothes feel 'funny' and prefers "softness" (fleece lined clothing-has fleece PJ bottoms and gets upset if they're in the wash). Gags when eating (occasionally- goes through phases) can be a fussy eater. Hates the Hoover as its "too loud" and "hurts his ears" (has hated it since a baby) now takes himself off to the bedroom when I do it if he's at home. Scared of loud sounds/bangs (downstairs outside) drills etc goes through phases of disliking brushing teeth *anxious-anxiety over meeting people, new places, changes in routine, school trips, thinking people are going to break in "are the doors locked" going in the car "do you know the way home? ..are you sure" convinced we are getting lost, riding his bike (scared with stabilisers wants us to hold him/the bike) *blinks quite a lot *difficulty having two way conversation doesn't always seem to listen, wants conversation his way and can be bossy *interrupts conversation all the time *Gags (and wretches) some mealtimes says his tummy hurts and complains he's full after eating very little *had developed a fear of going for a poor (sorry tmi) crowds and screams at needing to wipe which Makes him gag says it's too smelly but has now overcome this by supplying him with a can of air freshener - he does two sprays everytime he goes before he wipes *enjoys writing notes - likes taking a notebook to school makes plans sometimes comes home and takes a register/writes lists. *anger outbursts - example we went to a children's party before Xmas there were 4 nunchucks (ninjago party) Bobby placed his down to make something so someone else took it so he proceeded to grow into hulk filling with anger raced across the hall,swiftly followed by me, he rugby tackles the other child I moved him a way and he screamed at me shouting me To let him go (as I had to restrain him stopping him running after him again) and began punching me. *constantly wants to be in front of people when walking especially walking to school/from school - if someone overtakes he will overtake them again wanting to be ahead squeezing past people/objects to get there. *oblivious to where he was walking (I.e to school or when shopping) I have to physically move him because despite telling him watch the lady and mind out of the way for the man/pushchair/wheelchair whatever he still continues to bump into people *can be very kind/affectionate sometimes too much wanting to cuddle/hold hands with friends or kids them and they don't want to/look uncomfortable *has an obsession with a hulk figure and gets frustrated and upset if the arms aren't in the same position on both sides *usually avoids eye contact (unless he's shouting at me for something) *avoids cuddles unless he initiates it (he might feel tired or unwell and ask for one but fights to get away if we try and give him one) *has a chair which he constantly rocks on *occasionally runs off and thinks it's fun laughing and smiling about it. *has favourite things-biggest minecraft and superheroes) forever talking about something related - had his first swim lesson and told the adult in the pool that he watches minecraft videos on YouTube and spoke about them? * latest discovery - has found the audio description button and likes watching to with it on Thank you for reading
  3. Hi there, There is now a new Autism and ADHD diagnostic service for adults. The Tuke Centre is based in York and accepts both private and NHS referrals. Referrals are also taken from individuals who live outside of the York area. The service uses specialist tools to assess for autism spectrum disorder that are approved by NICE guidelines. All diagnostic assessments are multi-disciplinary. The service also offers post diagnostic support, specialist therapies, psychiatry and skill based groups. For more details, please contact 01904 430370 and ask to speak to Lucille Liebenberg. Alternatively please email liebenberg@thetukecentre.org.uk
  4. I am 36 years old, I have had problems socially for as long I can remember and depression and motivation problems. My parents took me to the GP who prescribed antidepressants when I was about 16 and I was sent to a psychiatrist who said I had social phobia. I was terrified about going to university and used alcohol to help social situations. I started using cannabis to relax and help me get to sleep. I had some friends and met my girlfriend there. I dropped out of my course as I was not interested in some of the modules and probably due to the alcohol and cannabis. I stopped the cannabis after about 5 years. I have had a few jobs but rapidly became bored with them and was sacked from my previous job for poor performance. I have stuck in jobs for a few years as I am worried whether the new job would be worse and find it very difficult getting to know new people. It took me a long time to adjust and it has been said to me that I hardly said anything for the first 6 months in a job. When I get to know people I try to be funny, but think I say inappropriate things sometimes and swear too much. A few years ago I was out of work and feeling very low and isolated after moving to a new area so saw a psychiatrist who said I had dysthymia (long term mild depression). I don't have any friends outside of work but get on OK with a couple of people at work. Some people at work say I am intelligent, but others think I am lazy and seem to be irritated by me. I am still on antidepressant tablets but am trying to reduce them. Recently I have become angry and feel bullied by my boss at work so I went to see a counsellor. I said I wanted to get to the bottom of why I have been on antidepressant tablets for so many years, and feel they have contributed to my weight gain and developing diabetes. I mentioned that I read about aspergers in an article and did the AQ test online and scored quite high (45/50). I was referred to a psychologist who said they couldn't give me an official diagnosis but would be better than an online test. They asked me about my background and history and then at the next appointment did the AQ test and the eyes emotion test. I scored in the normal range for the eyes test, but high for the AQ test. They said the results of the two tests were contradictory, but I have some aspects of aspergers that are causing problems. I am confused as it does not give me a clear answer and I don't know how reliable the AQ test is and was hoping for more in depth testing. I did some more reading online and found that there is some overlap with aspergers and ADHD and the difficulty concentrating and switching between things are things that I have problems with. I have lots of unfinished electronics projects at home and it is becoming full of bits and pieces. Trying to sort things out is becoming overwhelming. I spend hours on the internet each night, browsing the web and buying things on ebay. They offered to meet my boss to discuss. I really did not want this as I don't want them to know, as I feel they won't understand and I don't want special treatment or to be made fun of by work colleagues. Also I want to be certain before telling people. I wanted to understand for myself why I have problems and try to improve ways of dealing with things. I avoid doing things that make me uncomfortable, such as confrontational situations. I find myself getting more angry and frustrated as the blunting effect of the antidepressants is reducing, but have more energy to do things and feel closer to an explanation to some of the problems I have. I would appreciate some advice on whether the AQ test is adequate for diagnosis or whether it can give a false positive with other conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, social phobia or personality disorder. Where should I go for a full diagnosis? Should I tell my boss? Thanks for reading.
  5. Looking through post on many topics, there seems to be far too many of us struggling to get a diagnosis. Is there a petition or pressure group or something like that to advance the cause?
  6. My son is a university student and has to be off the university due to depression. He has been treated for depression and anxiety for about a year. His psychiatrist referred him for a comprehensive assessment for Asperger's Syndrome in Maudsley Hospital recently. Because the waiting list is long in the hospital, I've been recommended for Cygnet Hospital, which is private and expensive. I wonder if anyone has any experience of the service in Cygnet and how it's compared with Maudsley. Any suggestion is welcome.
  7. Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder): How seeking a diagnosis in adulthood can change your life by Philip Wylie. Read the review here. The reviewer is Jane Hatton, founder of Evenbreak. This is a job board aimed at disabled jobseekers; I used to look at it, but ultimately found it unsatisfactory as its search function persistently returned jobs that were not in the geographical areas I'd specified.
  8. Our 12 year old has recently been diagnosed with ASC. We live in Mid Devon and he goes to the local comprehensive which is trying its best to help. But... I want to know if anyone out there has been through what we have and can save us having to reinvent the wheel every time. Does anyone know what works with this: In the last three months he has become violent towards himself and us, lashing out a lot Swearing constantly Massively increased OCD Refusing to go to school a lot Finding more and more things difficult. Wanting to control us more and more, in terms of what we all do as a family (we've got two older girls in late teens) Long tantrums lasting hours. Threatening us with hitting Spitting Stealing money from me It seems like there are layers of this really awful behaviour building up on him and I just want to find a way to bring him back to being himself again. What works? I think it is all because he is finding things more difficult and the OCD has really pushed him over the edge. Should we be more strict, should we do a rule book or something that he can see clearly, should we use sanctions (so far we just take away the Xbox etc as he lost his pocket money for stealing from me). I got in touch with the school counsellor and nurse and it seems everything has been cut back in local services, or would take ages to get referred and get help with. What has anyone else done that really works to gain some limitations on what his behaviour is? If we sound a bit desperate it's because we are! Sorry for the long post but if anyone can let us know what worked for you then I'd be really grateful. Thanks!
  9. Our 12 year old has recently been diagnosed with ASC. We live in Mid Devon and he goes to the local comprehensive which is trying its best to help. But... I want to know if anyone out there has been through what we have and can save us having to reinvent the wheel every time. Does anyone know what works with this: In the last three months he has become violent towards himself and us, lashing out a lot Swearing constantly Massively increased OCD Refusing to go to school a lot Finding more and more things difficult. Wanting to control us more and more, in terms of what we all do as a family (we've got two older girls in late teens) Long tantrums lasting hours. Threatening us with hitting Spitting Stealing money from me It seems like there are layers of this really awful behaviour building up on him and I just want to find a way to bring him back to being himself again. What works? I think it is all because he is finding things more difficult and the OCD has really pushed him over the edge. Should we be more strict, should we do a rule book or something that he can see clearly, should we use sanctions (so far we just take away the Xbox etc as he lost his pocket money for stealing from me). I got in touch with the school counsellor and nurse and it seems everything has been cut back in local services, or would take ages to get referred and get help with. What has anyone else done that really works to gain some limitations on what his behaviour is? If we sound a bit desperate it's because we are! Sorry for the long post but if anyone can let us know what worked for you then I'd be really grateful. Thanks!
  10. New to forum

    Hi - I'm Chris - I'm 45 and I found out a couple of years ago that there is a very good chance I have Asperger's. I am still waiting for formal assessment, (2 years, now) and in that time my confidence has been very up and down. It's currently rock bottom. The situation I'm in is almost laughable, and a consequence of my utter uselessness at making proper choices for myself. On the one hand, it was wonderful, initially, to know that there was an alternative to my lifetime's default self assessment of 'tactless, stupid, self-important and self-centered'. But now the novelty of that revelation has worn off, and I feel utterly confused and trapped. Frustration and depression are again taking over, and I am compelled to seek advice/understanding from elsewhere. Sound familiar to anyone?
  11. I don't know if this is gonna sound silly or if anyone else has to deal with this, but basically I am really struggling, I am 28 years old and have three kids and the problem is I am in this routine of constantly going to my mums house when I should be at home cleaning and just generally getting on doing things grown ups do but the truth is I would rather be reading or on the computer at my mums. I have to come to realise that my mum and my parents house is a security blanket that I keep going back to and its an incredibly unhealthy habit and is definitely driving my husband mental. I just feel like I really struggle with all the demands of being an adult, like when my husband talks to me about work sometimes I just sit there waiting for an oppurtunity to walk awake cause it is stressing me out. I am also really bad at eating a healthy diet and exercising, I try to be good and it lasts for a week at most then I am back to my old faithful routine. There is other stuff as well, I am not formally diagnosed, hoping to look into this soon but after finding out my daughter is probably on the spectrum and doing a lot of research I am almost 99% sure I have aspergers. Any advice would be gratefully received. xx
  12. My GP forwarded me an email yesterday. Don't worry, I have an action plan ready and I'm just waiting for a bit of advice from the NAS before I go ahead, but I wanted to share this with you. They have pulled the same stunt on at least 3 other people in my area recently and I'm pretty sure what they are doing is illegal. I haven't said which CCG it is for that reason. "we reviewed a request at funding panel for diagnosis of Asperger's. The patient had seen a psychotherapist and there were some suggestions that might have aspergers. We didnt approve funding as we werent sure what the risks would be to not diagnosing. (ie work, family etc) I have found most patients are happy to complete this screening tool and then happy with this as a provisional diagnosis. There is very few occasions when a formal dignosis is required." Corrections: "there were some suggestions that she might have aspergers" "There is very few occasions" "Aspergers" spelled two different ways no apostrophe in "didn't" "diagnosis" misspelled Fantastic! I thought it was just doctors' handwriting that was bad!] The "screening tool" they attached was an insult. It was from another health authority, so they hadn't bothered to devise their own or even change the logo at the top of the page, and it was a word document, so not hard to do. It was actually less detailed than the questionnaire my GP gave me at the start of this, which rated me borderline but which I realised afterwards was aimed at men with Asperger Syndrome. As I said, I'm waiting to hear from NAS before I take the legal route, but if that fails I'm spending £500 of the redundancy I'll be getting in July to get a private diagnosis. There's a Clinical Psychologist who lives in the next postcode that offers a diagnosis service for Adults Aspergers. Angry but at least I have something real to focus my anger on now. Good Day or Bad Day? I'll tell you once I've counted the cars.
  13. Participants sought for research entitled: Giving Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome a Voice: Identifying with AS and what the proposed removal of AS in the DSM V means to me I am Laura Brougham a student studying a Master’s degree in autism at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland), and in the context of my studies I am conducting a research project into how adults with AS identify with this diagnosis and their opinions of the proposed removal of AS from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 (DSM-5). If you are an adult with an Asperger’s Syndrome (age 18 or over), I am interested in how you describe your identification with this diagnosis and what the proposed removal of this diagnosis from the DSM-5 means to you. Your participation in this study will help to give a voice to people with AS with regard to what the diagnosis means and provide an insight into what the implications of the removal of AS might mean to the AS population. If you wish to take part in this study you will be asked to answer an online questionnaire. Your consent will be deemed to be given when you submit the online questionnaire. It should take about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire, but you may want to take longer by giving longer responses. Information Sheet: Before completing the questionnaire, I would ask you to read the participant information sheet which includes details of the study. This includes details and reassurance about how the study will use the information you provide in a confidential manner. Taking part in the Study: If you are interested in finding out more about the study and may wish to take part, please email me on Laura.Brougham@strath.ac.uk for the participant information sheet. Thank you for considering this invitation to take part in this research project. Also thanks to Lufty for letting me post this on the site. Kind regards, Laura
  14. Hi there. I am hoping someone can help with a query about my daughter. Sorry this is so long, but wanted to give a full picture. Instigated by the school at age 6 we went for an ADHD assessment. They said she didn’t have it and recommended an ASC assessment - we never received an appointment. Aged 10 her Year 6 primary teacher said she thought she had "inattentive ADHD" and recommended we went for assessment. After seeing a paediatrician, information from the school and a Connors questionnaire we were referred to CAMHS. CAMHS do a consultation clinic where they first see if you are right for assessment. Our first appointment was four months following the referral in the consultation clinic. Three appointments later the CAMHS practitioner referred us for an assessment. That was in April and the actual assessment was 6 months later in October 2012. Followed by some psychometric tests. I have only just been given the feedback, another five months later. The report they sent me even had the wrong name in four sections! The psychometric tests were not included in the report, that was separate, and they had made their decision based on the assessment day in October. They say that she does not warrant a diagnosis. That’s it, goodbye. No plan of action, no further help, nothing. The assessment only had a clinical psychologist and speech and language therapist in the room with my child. We were in a separate room with another psychologist answering the questions they ask. They did not carry out a school observation or contact high school for information. No OT or specific SLT report was carried out. They said she does not have a diagnosis as she did well in the individual assessment. Although the primary school report had backed up everything I said, and said even more, they said that is discounted as she was okay on the individual assessment. I did point out that obviously with 1:1 attention in a calm, quiet room she would do better, but life isn't lived like that! From everything I have read I think she has aspergers. She fits the profile. I have also read that the diagnostic criteria they use is often too much based on a boys profile, which is different from a girls. They used ICD10 for this assessment. I have another child who is attaining his school levels, has friends, doesn’t display the same behaviours etc, so I would say it wasn’t my parenting skills that were the issue. Does this sound correct to you in your experience of getting assessed? Many thanks for any thoughts/ideas on this, or your experiences/opinion. I am thinking that I should ask for reassessment? Do any of you think she does sound to have problems in the ASC category or am I totally thinking incorrectly? My daughter presents with the following problems (these are just some of them): * Special interest in dogs and everything dog related. Constantly asks for me to buy a dog - but will not touch, stroke, even hold the lead for a real dog. * Special interest in health and safety - creates posters and talks for the family. Asked for a meeting to go over a fire escape plan she had created. * Had friends in primary school, mostly from the year below. Entered high school and has made no friends. Sits alone at lunch and breaks. Previous friends no longer seem interested in visiting. * Problems with self care (only just started brushing her own hair, can't put in a bobble), has to be forced to wash and brush teeth. * Constipation problems - doesn’t seem to have time or forgets to go to toilet, or take medication unless I prompt her * Forgets homework, forgets what she is telling you sometimes half way through a conversation * Attended activity for three years once a week and didn’t know the name of any children there * No eye contact with anyone, even parents, or even on computer on Skype to grandparents will look down * Attention problems - described by teacher as in a world of her own * Still wants to play with babyish toys and to run and skip around * Learning difficulties - despite average IQ has been found to be working four years behind peers in reading and spelling. Also behind in maths. Only topic that excels in is ICT. * Never bothers calling for friends. Likes it if people call for her but won't think to make first contact, or will ask if she can and then forget. * Immature * Fear of being "a teenager" since she was about 9. Still scared to grow up. * Believes in the tooth fairy, even though I told her it wasn’t real (on entering high school). Believes in Santa and the Easter bunny. * Will fix a funny smile on her face sometimes. Rarely will say anything is wrong with her. * Doesn’t understand sarcasm. Quite often has to have saying explained to her. * No interest in fashion, make up, hair. Will throw on any clothes, ones that don’t match, hair unbrushed, teeth unbrushed and want to go out. * Eats with fingers. Will shell each garden pea on plate and split in two before eating. Makes food into parcels. Primary school reported that: *Over imaginative and 'in her own little world', quite frequently talking to herself and making other strange noises. * In assemblies noted some bizarre behaviours for a child of her age * Inattentiveness is the biggest problem, followed by an immaturity not matched by her peers * Likes to share drawings at inappropriate times * Very excitable about things she has done but cannot talk about things learned in lessons * Fiddling in class, not listening or looking up * Gets excitable and jumps up and down waving arms which is noticeable * Starts a conversation and then peters off becoming inaudible unless prompted * Playground friends are few, quite frequently on her own playing out a situation * Cuts in on conversations and talks aloud in class/assembly * Throwing and catching a ball uncoordinated * Writing gets larger with less conversation * Imaginative play interferes with listening and learning * Very worried at a change in routine, e.g. new class * Struggles even on 1:1 basis * Often out of seat and moving around classroom * Always has hold of a comfort object * Tendency to become "fixated" on certain objects resulting in her seeming in a "dream world" * Stroking hair, staring at objects because "they're so beautiful" and stroking a feather for extended periods of time
  15. Hello, I'm a 25 year old male and I am pretty sure I have Asperger's. I found it hard to fit in at school and have never enjoyed social occasions. Obviously I know these are two of the most common things people see but there is a lot more. I have been diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Depression, OCD and Cluster B Personality Traits most similar to BPD. My psychiatrist also thinks Aspergers is very likely as 14 medications and 2 years of weekly therapy haven't done anything, as well as other things. She asked me to have a look online at reputible sources (she provided a list) and to see what I think about it. I took the AQ Test everyday over the period of a week to make sure the psychiatric conditions didn't have any effect on the results, the lowest score I managed on that test was 41 and the highest of 43. I also took the Rdos Aspie Quiz. Whilst I know neither of those are strictly professional tests, I do find it interesting. I have been lurking around this forum for quite some time and found everyone to be very knowledgeable and friendly so thought I would join to say hello and write the above. Here is the chart provided by the Rdos test.
  16. I went to see my GP this morning and I've just got off the phone with Manchster NAS. My partner went with me to help me as I find it hard to takes notes there or remember things afterwards. I've been signed off for 2 weeks initially and he recommends I take at least a month off (my boss is going to LOVE that!) He wouldn't put me on anti-depressants. He didn't think that was right for me. On one hand I'm disappointed. I was relying on them to cushion me when I do speak to my manager. On the other hand, no dry mouth and bad taste, and it means I can still have a glass of wine at the weekend and I'm safe to ride pillion. NAS are going to send me some stuff by email and though the post. There are two places "locally" that can assess me for Aspergers under the NHS, Trafford and Sheffield, but either I or my GP will have to do some digging to find out who in Manchester authorises the funding for that. I already have a contact at PALS so he might be able to help. About my work situation, NAS and my GP have both said that it's time to go over my manager's head to HR. My partner is helping me write it all down. My manager is still insisting I speak to her because it's "company policy and procedure" and the idea panics me... I'm going to stop thinking about it for now and put it on the back burner. The exciting news I got from NAS is that Rudy Simone, the author of "Aspergirls" (and others of course, but I'm reading that one) is coming to Manchester next month. It's at: King’s House Conference Centre King’s Church Sidney Street Manchester M1 7HB United Kingdom Date and time: 7 March 2013 Doors open and Registration from 6pm (18:00) Starts at 6:45pm (18:45) Price per ticket: Standard Delegate Rate £ 21.60 NAS Members / Low income £ 16.80 To book telephone: Janet Matthews 0115 911 3367 More details here http://www.autism.or...nces/rudysimone
  17. Just been diagnosed...

    Hi I'm 42 and female was just diagnosed yesterday, after years and years of wondering. I was always your classic Martian in the Playground and although I did well academically, I always felt socially out of step; on paper I was very able, but I never stayed in a job for very long - I didn't quite understand this at the time, but having to interact with work colleagues all day was really too stressful for me. In a lot of ways I've been very fortunate: I have a husband with a good job and a son who - touch wood - doesn't seem to be experiencing the peer problems that I did. I've published books - poetry and autobiography. What I've never really been able to do for any length of time is support myself. Can't drive, find crossing roads frightening, can't handle crowds, can't figure out how to put on a wrapover dress, can't get my fingers to snap - the list goes on... and I know that if I don't watch my behaviour all the time, I disconcert people. I decided to go for the diagnosis between I've lost both my parents and my younger brother, and I felt the need to clarify where I might now fit in the world, with so much gone. Thanks for reading. I hope there are aspects of this that others can relate to. Joanne
  18. Hi there, just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Ruth, I'm 26, I live in Liverpool, and last week I was diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome. I'm not shocked that I have it, I've suspected it for a long time, but I was surprised to actually get a diagnosis - I was expecting to have to fight for it more! Well, if you can call having the idea dismissed by many medical professionals and colleagues for several years, not having to fight for it! I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a teen, was horrendously bullied in high school, but made it through to university, where I studied psychology. I'm not entirely sure how much I'm supposed to write here, whether my life story is required, or just a simple "hello", so I'll stop waffling now. So there, we go..... hi!
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