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Beth_

A year to wait

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Beth_   

I've just had an email from the adult diagnostic service about my referral. It's going to be about a year before they can see me :(

 

I'm thinking about researching how much it would cost to go private.

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Sally44   

You can go privately.

But you could also phone them, and if you are able, you could say you would take any cancelled appointments. I'm not surprised at the length of time. We were on a waiting list for two years just to see an Occupational Therapist.

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i had it done at the maudsley hospital in london (very good) about 5 years ago from what i remember it was around £1400 but i have no idea what it is now and how it varies from hospital to hospital

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I've just had an email from the adult diagnostic service about my referral. It's going to be about a year before they can see me :(

 

I'm thinking about researching how much it would cost to go private.

Ring the NAS - they should be able to give you a list of local psychologists/psychiatrists who will assess.

There is one near me (in Manchester) who will take private patients without referral or assess via the NHS for £495 (either private or NHS). My GP also mentioned another in Yorkshire that a patient of his went privately to and the cost was around £500 there too.

 

K x

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A year to wait. That means I'll have a year to wait as well, having only asked my GP for a referral the other day. We don't exactly get high priority, do we? And for me, going private is definitely not an option. I wonder if the problemn is that they can't afford enough specialists, or that demand has recently mushroomed? I'm getting the impression that autism, especially the high functioning kind, has recently been found to be more common than was previously thought. First they thought it affected only children, then they thought it affected only males.

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I'm going to email the NAS and see if they can recommend anywhere local. I would have to ask my parents to pay for it and that's the only thing that's putting me off private. I know they would, they've paid for me to have lots of other private health care as I've been ill so much and I was getting nowhere with the NHS. It's not like they can't afford it either. I'm just worried about talking to them about it, even though I've spoken to them about it before and I would have to get them to come along to the appointments anyway.

 

My other option, I think, would be to go back to my GP and ask if I can talk to a counseller or psychologist or someone like that about all my issues whilst I wait for the AS referral. They might not be able to help with Aspergers stuff but maybe they could help me with all the trauma, especially in my childhood, that I have suffered as a result. I'm 28 and I still can't think about my childhood without being in floods of tears. I was so bitterly miserable and so much went wrong I am sure that I need to talk to someone about it. It can't be healthy to be so angry and upset about the past so much. I've read alot about AS people having more vivid long term memory and I think that's my problem. When I think about any incident that happened, I can see it all so clearly in my head, it's like having a photograph of the moment and all the feelings and emotions feelings are just as raw. I've spent so long trying to just forget about it all and 'get over it' as so many people keep telling me to but it's not going to happen. However well I think I'm doing, all it takes is a tiny trigger and I'm back to square one. I'm so fed up :tearful: I'm on high doses of antidepressants and using an SAD light and I still feel miserable. I don't think drugs are ever going to work enough, I need to deal with the underlying issues.

 

I'm rambling, sorry. I just think I really need to get everything out.

I've started writing about it all and I'm on 7600 words in a week! I feel that maybe if I get everything out of my head and onto paper then it might do something. Writing is supposed to be theraputic isn't it?!

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