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shinkansen1966

New to this forum and awaiting assessment and diagnosis

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Hello everyone,

 

In November 2014, I was diagnosed with ADHD. The assessment and diagnosis took place at the ADHD specialist unit at an NHS hospital in London.

 

While being assessed, the specialist ADHD doctor decided to refer me to an NHS autism spectral disorder unit. In his opinion, he was "pretty sure" I'm on the ASD. I really did not expect this. Though some life long friends and my brother have previously suggested that I might have "aspergers syndrome".

In April, the NHS ASD department sent me a pre-assessment questionnaire. I've just heard that my ASD assessment will be in February 2016.

 

Until last November, I was completely unaware of the ADHD and ASD co-morbidity. In fact, I had to research the word "comborbidity".

 

The assessments at the ADHD unit finished in March. But since then, I've struggled with the new routine of taking medication for ADHD. Things got to the stage where my GP intervened. (I don't want to explain here). I now see him every week. And he's also made an appointment for me to see an NHS psychologist for an initial assessment.

So I am wondering what happens with an ASD assessment and diagnosis. And what help is available. And how help is tailored where there's a comorbidity with something else - such as ADHD.

Any guidance appreciated,

 

Shinkansen

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So I am wondering what happens with an ASD assessment and diagnosis. And what help is available.

I'm wondering that too. I've been on the waiting list since December, and have heard nothing since I had a brief chat on the phone with the people who do the diagnosis in January. Not knowing adds to the stress of waiting.

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Mihaela   

That's a very long wait. :( I think I was lucky, for I got my diagnosis about 3 months after being referred.

 

It involved a diagnostic interview, and the ADOS test - made up of a few simple tasks. It didn't properly work for me for I don't have classic Asperger's, but have the 'female type' and I was in a panicky state due to the stress of travelling there (traffic and noise). I saw the psychiatrist three times.

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trekster   

There is a charity called 'autism london' and also the 'national autistic society' which is based in London which could help you.

 

Welcome to the forum.

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