DataRecovery wrote:sophist- there must be some reason[s] why the doctors can't make the dx other then their all being jerks ? unless they are all jerks, but i can't except that they are all like that. i sure hope not, anyway. i don't acept that my doctirs were all bast**ds. some did seem honestly concerned, even if they did give every evidence of mental retardation.
I definitely don't think they're all jerks. Now some definitely are (see my post above with the pdoc in the hospital). But I can't really figure out why experiences like mine aren't uncommon. I really don't. It does kinda blow my mind and I'd be saying the same things as you had it not happened to me over and over again, had my mother (a retired psychotherapist) not had to deal with psychiatrist after psychiatrist looking down their noses at any opinion other than their own, and continually having to tell adult auties on various ASD forums it's "okay and nothing unusual" when they've had their first run-in with a professional who doesn't think they're autistic because "they understand humor" or "they were never diagnosed when they were younger", etc.
The fact of the matter is, there are just TOO many professionals out there with too LITTLE experience who don't have the modesty and honesty to refer a client onto someone who actually knows what they're doing. Instead, they take a crack at it, so to speak, probably make the person's life horrible and miserable for the time being, and possibly even persuade these undxed auties to never seek a second opinion because everyone seems to trust a "professional".
It's like a GP who tries to diagnose epilepsy. It's not their area.
Data wrote:part of the problem might be that you do not fit the clinical picture that they are trained to expect. for instance, your language [at least as you use it here on this forum] is not the typical excessivly formal presentation noted in the liturature.
you also do not seem to exhibit the normal asd shyness that doctors look for. [at least not while posting to this forum, or to the awares conference]
does this make any sense to you ?
I'm sure I don't fit the stereotypical Aspie picture. I know Attwood has tried to stress in his writings that female Aspies aren't often the "little professors" or tend to carry train tables around in their pockets. But this shows the inexperience of the diagnostician and that at this point they really should be refering the person on to a diagnostician who is experienced with all ranges of ASDs. They are being irresponsible to their client by not admitting their lack of experience.
And all these reasons as to why I don't seem Aspie only show that those professionals don't have a fluid idea of what the underlying causes are to ASDs.
I know this all sounds a bit unbelievable that THAT many professionals are actually being pretty egotistical but that is another reason I've started this thread. So that people can start seeing just how often this happens.
I think there are probably very few people on this forum and maybe other forums too who have not had a run-in with a diagnostician who takes it upon themselves, inexperience and all, to refuse them a diagnosis.