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Djuna
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Hi there! I'll be honest, I only just got around to reading that Asperger's Syndrome article on wikipedia (it's a biiig old file [Smile] ). Well it sounded INCREDIBLY like me, and it mentioned this self-diagnosis test that was the most used autistic spectrum self-diagnosis. It's written by Simon Baron-Cohen, you can find it here:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.12/aqtest.html
It is VERY rough, but it said 80% of people over a score of 32 are on the autistic spectrum. I scored 36. I know I should ask a professional about this, I really don't feel my parents would take me seriously, and I don't know how I could get an appointment without them knowing. And who would I need an appointment with anyway? By the way, I know you suggested reading literature about autism etc., so I'm about to start reading a book called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, which is supposed to be very informative in this area apparently.
Anyway, can anyone give me any advice on what to do? Please?

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Not to say it won't be factually accurate, but that book is fiction. Though it may be a bit of a slog, pick up some heavy non-fiction
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I wouldn't hold any diagnostic quiz through the internet with very high esteem. You should trust only a professional to evaluate and treat you.

Are you having any symptoms that are preventing you from functioning fully in some aspects of your life? If so, start by telling your parents about any troubles you might be having, and ask about seeing a professional.

Going by "symptoms" like those questions asked in that quiz, however, seems a little arbitrary, since people naturally process information in different ways than others, as well as have varying personalities.

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Simon Baron-Cohen is a respected expert, but the AQ test is designed as a very rough measure of "autistic traits" - it's not a formal diagnostic test, and it's not intended to be one.

And who would I need an appointment with anyway?

As I said before, you would need your GP to refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist with expertise in diagnosing AS (possibly someone who's part of a specialist service like the NAS's Elliot House).

That's going to be a lot easier to manage if your parents are willing to help, especially as they may be required to provide a developmental history.

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Djuna
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So there's no way of doing this without my parents? Because there's just no way they'll take me seriously. Yesterday I got yelled at for 'pretending' to have a panic attack when I actually had a panic attack.
And if I actually turned out to have AS, it's very mild. I've actually got over most of the social impairment stuff, although I used to have that quite badly. Any symptoms I do have aren't a problem in my day-to-day life, but more than anything I just want to know whether or not I have it.

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You may be able to start the diagnostic process without your parents' knowing - you do have the right to medical confidentiality.

But some diagnostic services won't make a diagnosis without a developmental history from family members or someone else who knew you well when you were a small child.

Realistically, I'd say it would be extremely hard to go through the whole diagnostic process and keep it a secret from your parents - you're likely to have to travel, spend a day or days being assessed, etc.

And obviously you can't access any supports or services without your parents knowing about it, until you're an adult.

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Djuna
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Well how about if I start the diagnostic process when I leave home in 2 years? Are they likely to give appointments to 17-year-olds? Or would I be too old? Talking to my parents about this is just not an option for me, I'm afraid.

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In a strange room, before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are filled with sleep you never were. I dont know what I am. I dont know if I am or not... how often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.

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You can be diagnosed at any age - I was diagnosed when I was 20, I know plenty of people who weren't diagnosed until they were in their thirties or forties, and I once met someone who'd finally been diagnosed when she was in her sixties.

Do you have a formal diagnosis for the panic attacks, by the way? Sounds like that's a bigger problem than the possible AS right now.

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Well they're not severe panic attacks, and they only happen occasionally. I don't actually have a diagnosis though. I'm not sure if it's a panic attack or something to do with my asthma that's brought on my stress in some way. Anyway I have trouble breathing for a while sometimes when I'm scared.
I think I'll look into autism diagnosis when I leave home.

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