Adult ASD: Self-diagnosis or Professional Diagnosis?

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Musings of an Aspie

Part 5 in the I Think I Might Be Autistic Series

Whether you choose to seek a diagnosis or not is a personal decision. As an adult, there’s a good chance you don’t need a diagnosis. You’ve done your research, come to the conclusion that you’re on the spectrum and that’s good enough for you.

This is commonly known as self-diagnosis and when done correctly, it’s largely a well-respected approach in the ASD community. The primary reason? Getting an official diagnosis as an adult is difficult:

  • Asperger’s Syndrome and autism present differently in adults than in children. Finding someone trained and experienced in adult diagnosis can be challenging.
  • Many adults face numerous misdiagnoses before getting correctly diagnosed with Asperger’s or autism.
  • Women in particular are often misdiagnosed because they present differently than male aspies on whom the traditional model is based.
  • Diagnosis can be expensive and an adult evaluation isn’t…

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