How do i get a diagnosis for aspergers syndrome?
I have always thought there was something awkward and weird about me, and I found aspergers syndrome and researched it and its like all the pieces of the puzzle fit together now. I’m 15, in the uk, how do I get a diagnosis? someone said doctors but I thought that was for illnesses like a cold or an infection etc? And is it certain I would get diagnosed with aspergers? Thank you
Doctors are qualified to diagnose Aspergers and other mental illnesses (depression, etc), although your family doctor may feel more comfortable referring you to a psychologist or developmental pediatrician who do assessments for Aspergers more often than your regular doctor does.
No, it’s not certain you’d be diagnosed. You and your parents will be asked a lot of questions about your symptoms. You will also be observed, and depending on how thorough the doctor is they may do tests and actual assessments (formal tests or simple observations while you’re in their office).
Remember that Aspergers is more than just being awkward, and is a condition which exists from birth. If your awkwardness has only surfaced in your teen years then it’s not Aspergers. Not to say that it isn’t Aspergers – many people do go undiagnosed until later in life if they’re high-functioning, but even more seem to falsely think they have it when they don’t.
Here is the exact diagnostic definition of Aspergers, which may help: http://www.autreat.com/dsm4-aspergers.html
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