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Confused - February 5th 2010, 11:42 AM

when I was in an inpatient psychiatric unit I was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It actually made a lot of sense to us at the time, and explained quite a lot. Then, the first time I met with my new psychiatrist she said that if she was the one making the diagnosis she wouldn't have given that one. Now I'm just not sure. I don't know why it matters to me really, but I guess Im partly annoyed because she had made these comments the first time she met me, and my previous psychiatrist had agreed. But maybe shes right, maybe they just wanted to slap a label on me. I'm not sure what to think

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Re: Confused - February 7th 2010, 10:58 AM

Hey Annie.

I'm sorry about the way you feel, and what your psychiatrist said. It's understandable that you don't know what to think right now. It seems like a difficult time for you, with seeing a new psychiatrist and her feeling a different diagnosis would be more appropriate. Communication is very important right now, between you and your psychiatrist.

Have you spoken to your new psychiatrist regarding the comment she made? You could always ask for a second opinion, to see what diagnosis they would give you. Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong disability, early diagnosis is crucial for you to reach your potential in adulthood. However, autism spectrum disorder is difficult to diagnose, there's a number of different parts to autism and it's easily to mistake with separate conditions. Here's a good resource here from the National Autism Society about diagnosis and the disorder in general. [Click.]

I hope that everything works out for you. Feel free to PM me.
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