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Question Is it better to get tested (Aspergers) - February 20th 2014, 02:16 PM

I've been referred from my doctor to another service to help me deal with the problems I've been having with coping with the number of new people at my university and next week we've got to make the decision whether I get tested for aspergers. Do you think it's a good idea to ask to get referred again and have a test, or just stick with the exposure therapy I'm just starting.
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Re: Is it better to get tested (Aspergers) - February 20th 2014, 08:24 PM

Hey Laura,

Personally, I think it's probably best if you get the most tailored, suitable treatment for you, and that all the resources uou could potentially utilise are available for you.

For that reason, even though it might seem slightly inconvenient, I'd recommend getting tested. You can make decisions based upon the results of that test, but I always think that the most informed decisions tend to be the best ones.

Really, though, it's up to you. Getting tested is what I'd do, but if you don't want to, you don't have to - you can definitely make your own decisions.

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Re: Is it better to get tested (Aspergers) - February 22nd 2014, 02:25 AM

As Adam said, it is definitely your decision.

I have Asperger's, and I wasn't too keen on getting tested. However, I'm glad I did because it explains some things and potentially gives more treatment options. Also, for school, IEP's (individualized education plans) or 504 plans are good if you need extra help with school after a diagnosis.

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Re: Is it better to get tested (Aspergers) - February 22nd 2014, 04:56 PM

Hi there, Laura!

It is your decision, ultimately. I would advise you to get tested, having been in the situation. I was reluctant to get tested myself, but, at the end of the day, I think it's worth it. If you can make use of any resources for help that will come available to you after a diagnosis, it'll be useful.

Moreover, you don't have to consider having Asperger's a negative label. It doesn't define you, and understanding how your mind works can be really helpful. As can exposure therapy, so it definitely sounds like you're on the right track to coping with it, and I think getting tested is a step in the right direction. Nonetheless, it's up to you!

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Re: Is it better to get tested (Aspergers) - February 23rd 2014, 08:13 AM

It can be a difficult decision and ultimately it's up to you. I've been tested myself and really it gave me the answers as to why I did certain things and had these "differences". It helped me to accept myself and understand myself better.

Knowing that you have aspergers can help you receive the right treatment and resources but you may also see aspergers negatively which may make you upset. Maybe write a list of pros and cons and decide what's best for you hope everything goes well.
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Re: Is it better to get tested (Aspergers) - February 23rd 2014, 09:12 AM

Hey Laura

Knowing more about yourself is often very useful, and I'd suggest to everyone that they know themselves. There also can be a lot of stigma around the label of Asperger's, or any other diagnosis. Thing is - it can be useful to you.

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Re: Is it better to get tested (Aspergers) - February 24th 2014, 01:39 PM

If you think you want to get tested and really figure out the root of the problem, I would say there's no harm. As stated before, the decision is ultimately up to you but if you need a little confirmation or want to figure out what exactly it is, I would get tested. But at the end of the day, you should remember to never let a diagnoses define you. They're just a label put on you for therapists to give you the proper treatment - it most certainly does not entirely change the person that you are.

I hope you find what you're looking for and best of luck.
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