odeon wrote:Hesperus, it's my experience that most medical professionals don't know a thing about ASDs. Also, if you mention autism to one of these, they're bound to disagree. There always seems to be prestige involved--after all, the patient can't possible know more than the Doctor.
What I've been able to gather about ASDs is that the traits are very dependent on the individual, and so many people get overlooked. In my case, I'd probably end up in the PDD-NOS category; that is, if I even managed to find an experienced diagnostician. I seem to be quite atypical.
Benji wrote:One example I can think of was to do with my behaviour with regards to affection. I would put up with being cuddled and picked up, but I would rarely seek out affection (you know how children usually tend to put their arms up to be picked up - I never did that).
It's good that they don't take parents' words completely at face value; though I'm almost convinced my parents would skew the diagnostic interview, mainly because they don't seem to have much of a clue about me. However, it looks like I'd have to take them to any such interview if I want to get assessed at all.
I reckon that if I mention how I can't stand physical affection, my mother would probably dispute it in some way. Even now, if she catches me out with a hug, I either go limp or stiffen up (in both cases my arms are by my sides). I then express revulsion. But I think she projects her assumptions onto me and convinces herself that I do actually like it. My behavior even extends beyond that. That would be another thing, trying to hide my circumstances from them during an assessment. I haven't known anyone else who has these behaviors, and not even my previous therapists have. I suppose I'd have to have a separate diagnostic interview alone to mention these things, as they seem very relevant.