Iam wrote:Sophist, a couple of weeks ago I called the number you provided, but I only got voicemail. I have been too busy moving to be able to call back.
Today, I did go the the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry for a general evaluation. The doctor I consulted with said she had no problem rendering a diagnosis of AS. However, as I had already seen another doctor, she wanted to consult with him before making an official diagnosis. She stated that I obviously have some type of PDD.
I was encouraged by her opinion. Now I will just wait to see how the final resolution and report manifests.
Iam wrote:I talked with the doctor who gave me the comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. She said she talked to the doctor from the University of Michigan autism center, and based on what she told him about the interview, he agreed that there is some pervasive disability apparent, not just depression. I think they are going to classify it as PDD-NOS, but I am not certain. That was a little unclear from our conversation.
I sent an email to the supervisor of the UMACC department that did my assessment for AS and explained how crucial it is that I receive an accurate and meaningful evaluation. I stated that the contrast between the evaluation at the psychiatric facility and at the autism center reinforced my doubts about the initial evaluation interview at the autism center.
I explained that I have not held a full time job for more than three concurrent years during the past 30 years, and that I relied heavily upon support from my parents, who are now deceased.
I asked for her assistance in obtaining an accurate evaluation. I assume I will hear from the autism center very soon.
ukenkerl wrote:Just YESTERDAY, I realized a symptom I have had for a LONG time. I was the last one out of a meeting. WHY? What does that have to do with AS? SIMPLE!!!!! The head of the meeting said something I felt HAD to be corrected. NORMALLY, I would INTERRUPT! In fact, I did several times during the meeting. This particular thing was something I felt HE had to know, and decided not to interrupt. I couldn't find a clear in, so I WAITED!
That SCREAMS AS! Yet I might not have really even noticed such a thing, let alone mention it to a psychiatrist. It occured to me that, when I am involved and not the speaker, that I am ALWAYS the last to leave!
Iam wrote:I recieved the final evaluation report from UMACC today.
"Based on the findings from standardized measures designed to assess for symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mr. **** did not meet the threshold for a diagnosis of autism or Aspergers disorder. Additionally, by report and as seen in multiple observations from members of a multidisciplinary team, Mr. **** is able to interact very appropriately with others when he needs to and in a manner that is qualitatively not consistent with that seen, in our collective experience, in adults with autism or Aspergers Disorder, even those who are very intelligent. Social impairments can be seen in many different types of psychiatric disorders. As our clinic is not able to delineate adult psychiatric disorders, we recommend psychiatric evaluation to better clarify the nature of these difficulties."
So there it is. I am not certain where to go from here. I already had a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, which indicated a pervasive developmental disorder. I do not know if I should further pursue a diagnosis for AS.
I am just lost right now, except for knowing there is something which is severely impeding my ability to live an independent and fruitful life. The only condition I have been exposed to which conforms to the characteristics I observe, in hindsight, in myself is AS.
I see the therapist tomorrow. I suppose I will discuss the issue with her.
Oh, yeah. They suggested some form of anger management therapy, also.
Another World wrote:I love how in children, they demand that the child "learn" manerisms like eye contact and smiling. They insist the child "can" learn these things. Some children turn the aquisition of s. skills into a minor obesssion, and DO learn many of these things, they do manage to "slip under the radar" with social fluff situations. Everyone says "good see..." as a testiment to their "therapy".
But, when the Adult with AS, who went un DX'ed for years, managed to do this, then it means "they cannot have AS, look how socially skilled they are!"
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