Recently, someone in an ASD Facebook group wondered what we thought about self-diagnosis. They wondered how much importance we placed on adults getting properly diagnosed by a professional. The post proved to be contentious, in a good way, with informed arguments originating from all sides of the debate.
I can only speak for myself, of course. I believe it has to start with self-diagnosis. Based on research, reflection and online surveys, I was certain I was autistic. For me, proper diagnosis was crucial. I’m very science minded and needed all the facts. I had to know for sure. In fact, I was advised not to seek accommodations at work, until I had my diagnosis, and I believe my diagnosis will help if I ever require special benefits in the future. However, I do understand the cost limitations some self-diagnosed autistics face. I was very fortunate that my diagnosis was covered by the NHS; took me a year to see a psychologist, but it was well worth it.
While waiting, I did become anxious and sent a long, detailed application to the renowned Lorna Wing Centre. I was accepted for diagnosis, but the cost – over £2000! – was prohibitive; I chose to be patient and wait for the NHS.
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