Everything posted by bomu samba
Hi everyone, I had a long think about things over the last few months and decided that I don't think I'll push for diagnosis. I have started to do some reading on AS and a lot of things are making more sense. It can still be hard work getting through the day, but I've made a couple of changes in my life that have helped reduce my anxiety levels and I'm coping better at work. I just wanted to say thanks for all the advice on this thread.
This is something that's very important to me. Part of the reason I'm thinking of going for the diagnosis is that it may help me pin-point particular areas for development. I can totally relate to Joe's feelings of guilt as well. I have always tried so hard to fit in and appear "normal" and could never understand why it didn't work properly. I just figured it was my fault. Tally - thanks for the info about resources and also for sharing your experiences with mental health services too. I'm still waiting to hear back about counselling but I think I might be ready to broach the subject of AS when I finally get to the top of the waiting list. I hadn't even thought about the possibility of protection at work. Mind you, my work place isn't that good at making adjustments for other disabilities so I don't know how comfortable I'd be disclosing to them... I will have a serious think about this and will go back to my doctor. I wasn't very prepared when I spoke to him before which made it easy for him to dismiss my concerns. Even if I'm not going to be able to get assessed, it's good to know that there is support out there and that I can work to improve my understanding of AS and how to cope better. Thanks for all the responses and for the welcome, too.
Hi everyone, I'm 33 and in the last year have begun to realise I may have Asperger's Syndrome. I've started to investigate and am recognising more and more of myself with each new thing I read. I even did that "Aspie Quiz" online and got an Aspie score of 167/200. I told my doc that I thought I had AS a couple of months ago. He said I was depressed and put me on a waiting list for counselling. He also said it was extremely doubtful that I have AS as i have been able to hold down a job and have made friends. He thinks that even if I do have traits they are so mild i shouldn't care. But I do care. I'm anxious, exhausted and lonely and if I don't find effective ways to deal with this I'm going to continue having breakdowns. None of the counselling I've had in the past has worked as it has been very short term and isn't really focused on the right thing. Now I'm wondering if it's worth pushing for an official diagnosis. A quick search on this forum has revealed some horror stories and given that NHS services are being cut left, right and centre, I know it would be hard work. Ultimately, it's my choice as to whether to push for a diagnostic assessment, but I'm interested in how having/not having one has impacted on others out there. So I was wondering... ...Are there resources I can access without an official diagnosis? And a question for anyone that has an official diagnosis - how much of a difference did it make to your life? Did it help you access support? Provide greater understanding for you and those you shared it with? Or have you found that nothing's changed? Thanks for your help!