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clarkie
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Female autism

Postby clarkie » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:08 pm

I think that I may be on the Autism Spectrum. I function well most of the time, but my partner finds me really difficult. I have taken some online tests which came out as 80%.
How could I get a proper diagnosis?

amaya
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Re: Female autism

Postby amaya » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:11 pm

I would ask that question to your doctor. They will be able to refer you for an assessment.

Is female autism different from regular autism? Just curious. And welcome :)

mihaela
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Re: Female autism

Postby mihaela » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:30 am

Hello Clarkie, and welcome!

With 'high-functioning' autism, if you think you have it,the chances are that you do have it. I have it, and eventually got a diagnosis of "on the autism spectrum... but does not fully satisfy the criteria". Criteria for what? You either are or are not on the spectrum. There's no half-way house. I've been struggling to get a more detailed and accurate diagnosis, for this vague and ambiguous diagnosis is of no use to anyone really, and I'm on a waiting list. At least it's satisfying to know that I'm officially on the spectrum.

The reason for this poorly-worded diagnosis is that the ADOS test was used on me - a test designed mainly for young boys. and that the psychologist lacked appropriate training. As an adult female, he was clearly unfamiliar with the female presentation of Asperger's/HFA. I satisfy the criteria for that perfectly!

So please make sure that :
a) Your GP doesn't fob you off simply with anxiety or depression (which happened with me at first)
b) He/she refers you to a clinical psychologist/psychiatrist who is experienced in the female presention of HFA.
c) They may claim that they are, but insist on proof. If you already have read up on the condition, test them on their basic knowledge. It's your right to have a suitably qualified professional.

If you don't do this, you'll suffer as I've been doing for the past few years. They really do need to get up the mark in this area. Misdiagnoses and underdiagnoses of females, especially adult women, are rife and can cause decades of unhappiness and confusion. e.g. when thousands of women are misdiagnosed with BPD/EUPD, the usual bin where too many 'experts' routinely dump difficult (for them) cases.

If there's anything at all you want to know about female type autism, please ask me. :)
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mihaela
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Re: Female autism

Postby mihaela » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:36 am

Amaya - to answer your question.
Female 'high-functioning' autism (or female Asperger's) is very different to the classic male presentation. Girls with this type of autism are better than boys at masking the signs too, and we become better still as adults. This means we get overlooked as just a bit odd. :(

It's important to realise that some males have the female type, and some females have the male type. Most females with the female type are misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed or never have any kind of diagnosis. We suffer difficulties throughout our lives, but may also have many talents too.

amaya
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Re: Female autism

Postby amaya » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:51 pm

Thanks that is really interesting. Is there a website you could link that has reliable information on it?


amaya
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Re: Female autism

Postby amaya » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:52 pm

wow thanks!

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Re: Female autism

Postby amaya » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:23 pm

Okay I was only reading for interest. But it freaks me out quite a bit how many of these traits are exactly describing aspects of my childhood. So many conditions have huge, huge areas of overlap. Next week I am going for a diagnostic discussion about whether or not I have borderline personality disorder and to look at what significance the emotional trauma (that I know I have) has. It now worries me that much of what I experience, especially when younger is also highly indicative of a learning disability (if that is the category that aspergers belongs instead of mental health). Could I have all these diagnoses? I feel very confused right now. Where do you even start? The psychologist I will see is a specialist working mostly with people with borderline to provide MBT counselling. Not sure he will be able to take a broad view and answer these questions for me or not.

Sorry for kidnapping the thread temporarily. But I did not expect to find this information had relevance to me and I am just surprised.

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Re: Female autism

Postby amaya » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:12 pm

I did an online test and in all areas except one I am over the threshold for a consideration of the condition. But I did some more reading and I don't really think I fit the criteria for a diagnosis. Maybe I have a lot of traits though. Interesting. Thanks for the information.

Clarkie, let us know how it goes and sorry again for hijacking your thread. I will stop it now! :)

clarkie
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Re: Female autism

Postby clarkie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:07 pm

Thanks for all the info. I have read most of the links and ordered some further reading.


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