renaeden wrote:Noc, I ask you because you have been diagnosed with HFA, would I be Asperger's or HFA. I feel anxious and a bit stupid now because I feel that no one would agree with my diagnosis (here or rl) and it may be invalid anyway. I am like you, I like definites and for everything to be neatly categorised.
Please do not be anxious - and you are certainly NOT stupid. Benji and I have become involved in our debate and forgotten to think of others who might be more directly affected by this than we ourselves.
I cannot say whether you should have been DXed Aspie or HFA. It would be improper of me to say one way or another... I am not a clinician and even if I was... I am half a world away from you.
My position is that if a developmental spoken language delay is clinically significant, then I believe a DX of HFA should strictly be given... because in the DSM Aspergers specifies that there should be no clinically significant spoken language delay in the subject (I realise that the DSM is not perfect, but I agree with it here). It is the main thing that makes Aspergers peculiar to other forms of Autism at the High Functioning end.
I would say that your DX is NOT invalid in the least if it didn't take into account one detail between two very close positions on the same spectrum - it remains generally accurate and valid (not specifically, but generally... and on such a small point). We are talking about the finese of minutae here. In my position it is simply a matter of detail... and one minute detail does NOT invalidate a diagnosis that places you within the correct Spectrum.
For a minutist, Even I have to support the oft generality of diagnosis in every field.
For instance... for general purposes, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. However RA requires a symetrical balance of affect between the two sides of the body. My Arthritis does not have that one thing. Strictly speaking, I should be said to have Rheumatoid TYPE Arthritis. One doctor says one and another says the other... almost on whim. In the end it matters not a single whit when it comes down to the correct treatment I am receiving.
If you think the specific DX of Aspergers is incorrect in detail as applied to you... the DX still entitles you to say you have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder... its what we all have, HFA, Aspie, LFA, PDD-NOS... ALL of us