This is the first time I have written about self diagnosis for autism. I’m not formally diagnosed yet, I have seen a psychiatrist who put on my report “he shows traits of autism and diagnosis needs ratification”.
Getting a diagnosis as an adult is a long and stressful process, firstly you need to convince your doctor that you need to start the process. Then you have to go through two screening processes, one over the phone (mega stressful). If you meet the required score on a simple screening test.
Then you have to wait for this to be processed and then referred to the autism assessment team, they will then send out more forms and ask for evidence from your family. Again there is a wait while they review the forms and evidence.
Then they will decide whether or not to place you on the waiting list. The waiting list is around twelve months.
So what do you do and say in the meantime. Am I autistic or not. Well self awareness comes in the process here, knowing yourself and understanding yourself is important.
At the moment I feel that I’m in limbo, this adds to the anxiety and stress.
I’ve always known that I am different, so am I autistic?
The truth is I feel that I am autistic, that is my opinion. A diagnosis is only someone else’s opinion.