Re: I think I may have aspergers
This is to both ty and chris.
I have a very mild form of Asperger's - diagnosed by my psychiatrist.
Firstly, there are any number of reasons why either of you exhibit your traits - and no one here can diagnose you.
For that, you both need to see specialists. I recommend a psychiatrist or psychologist specialising in autistic spectral disorders.
Odd bouncy walks and unqualified people offering opinions is no substitute for expert examination, assessment, opinion and diagnosis.
In terms of medications and treatment, well, there are no medications for Asperger's to the best of my (and to the best of my psychiatrist's) knowledge.
So a positive diagnosis is unlikely to result in changes to your meds.
However, Autistic Spectral Disorders (ASDs) do cause behavioural 'disturbances' from the point of view of many mental health professionals, so getting a correct diagnosis if you have other mental health issues is very important - it could clarify to your professional why you are acting the way you are - which in theory could result in either reduced medication doses or eliminating the need for some meds. ASD behaviours have been known to prompt doctors to prescribe meds (for depression or anxiety, say) caused by or aggravated by the ASD.
So if you wish to receive proper treatment for you other conditions, it is important that your doctor know whether or not you have an ASD. ASDs have a bad habit of going 'underneath a doctor's radar' as few doctors think of diagnosing it.
What's more, proper diagnosis can, in some cases, qualify you to access physiotherapy facilities that can help Asperger's people. ASD physiotherapy can reduce anxiety - without the need (or reducing the need) for medications and their side effects.
That wonderful researcher Temple Grandin (who has an ASD herself) has done a huge amount of work on the benefits of physiotherapy in ASDs.
She adapted a machine used on her Aunt's dairy farm to hold cows still whilst they are being innoculated or branded into a 'cuddling' machine that helps ease the anxiety that is a natural part of Asperger's and other ASDs.
The availability of physiotherapy programs depends largely on what facilities are available in your local areas. I understand that many programs around the world are strictly for children.
To access such services you will need diagnoses.
And remember that ASDs are often 'forgotten' conditions that receive very little funding and infrastructure.
There are next to no real facilities near me for my condition.
Good luck the both of you!
Last edited by Administrator; 02-27-2013 at 12:10 AM.