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Yes, That Too: Yes, self diagnosis can be valid.

Also, because autism spectrum diagnoses in adults seem to be non existent in the UK, if you are not "caught" as a kid, self-diagnosis is all you have.


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Apr. 21st, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
I agree. It's damn hard getting a diagnosis as an adult, especially in a world where some mental health professionals still seriously believe that if you are capable of making facial expressions, you can't be on the spectrum (yes, I saw one counselor who believed this crap some years back) among other fallacies. Not everyone has the money to get a diagnosis or the privilege of access to a caring professional who knows what the hell they're talking about.

However, in my self-diagnosed days, I learned to keep very quiet about it; as unfortunately, I learned that most people's reaction to self-diagnosis is anger or flat-out hate. The concept of self-diagnosis sounds extremely "stupid" and "crazy" to most people, unfortunately; as most people think something isn't real unless a doctor diagnosed it. I wish people would understand that it can be an informed, well-thought-out decision by someone who has been denied access to formal diagnosis or who has chosen not to seek formal diagnosis.
Apr. 22nd, 2014 10:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is similar to how I knew from age 19 that I was likely to have MS but was only diagnosed at age 30. The wife of one of my professors at York Uni where I did my BSc Biochemistry (85-88) had MS and he was researching into myelin repair in the CNS (a possible treatment for MS which is where the body attacks its own myelin, the protein that coats axons (nerve cells in the CNS)).

Parenthetical comment has loads of parentheses. ;-p
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