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Can I be helped with my mental disorders

Andrew J

Well-Known Member
#1
I have been told by a psychiatrist before that I'm retarded, have asperger's, and a neurological disorder. I think that I have a minor amount of all this. I don't want to be under constant care or disability over it, but rather want to overcome it. How can I be helped?
 
#2
It's probably best to get advice from a healthcare professional. There may be a few things that you can try on your own though.

Do you want to say more about your neurological disorder?
 

Harmony

Well-Known Member
SF Supporter
#4
I think the best thing to do first would be to get a current evaluation. After that has been done, a professional can provide you with a treatment plan and support whether it be meds, therapy, or help with activities of daily living. Kind regards.
 

Champagne

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SF Supporter
#6
How can I be helped?
Hi @Andrew J and welcome to SF. It is nice to meet you.

As far as I am aware psychiatrists do not have a wealth of knowledge of Asperger's disorder, its considered a communication disorder but of course can attribute to mental health symptoms so while you may be feeling terrible right now, trust me, there is hope and you can go on to live a very happy, independent and fulfilled life after an Asperger's diagnosis.

The best advice I can give you would be to see an Asperger's specialist, they are costly but worth it. They should do a full screening, IQ tests etc...

I have no idea where you live but some areas are better than others for this treatment following a diagnosis. Your general doctor should be able to guide you on that.

Do not give up. Your life is worth more than that and you owe it to yourself to seek the best treatment, I wish you the best of luck.
 

johnDoen

Outsider in the Realm of Lost and Found
#7
I have been told by a psychiatrist before that I'm retarded, have asperger's, and a neurological disorder. I think that I have a minor amount of all this. I don't want to be under constant care or disability over it, but rather want to overcome it. How can I be helped?
I don't think "retard" is a medical term nor an appropriate word to call someone with mental illnesses. I think you might have met an unprofessional psychiatrist if the only thing they can tell about your conditions are just literally and vaguely "retard, have asperger's, and a neurological disorder".

Disabilities are not something to stop you from being yourself, except for making things a bit harder than the usual. Of course, you can always overcome that with helps, tools and willpower. For now, I think you may need another psychiatrist for a better view of your conditions.
 

LOSTINSIGHT

Well-Known Member
#8
I presume this plonker is near retirement with such archaic words .I personally would report them for saying this(anonymously).these people are undermining the confidence of patients .in today's world this person would and should be fired .stay well clear.
Do your own research on the diagnosis you've been given.youl find very nice and compassionate physcologists on YouTube.
Take care
 

Andrew J

Well-Known Member
#9
I don't think "retard" is a medical term nor an appropriate word to call someone with mental illnesses. I think you might have met an unprofessional psychiatrist if the only thing they can tell about your conditions are just literally and vaguely "retard, have asperger's, and a neurological disorder".

Disabilities are not something to stop you from being yourself, except for making things a bit harder than the usual. Of course, you can always overcome that with helps, tools and willpower. For now, I think you may need another psychiatrist for a better view of your conditions.
"I think you may need another psychiatrist for a better view of your conditions."

Maybe, but I think all psychiatrists would form different opinions about my conditions never really forming any consensus. Plus, I don't think there's much they would be able to do other than therapy. Lastly, my mom gets weird about me seeing a psychiatrist and a lot of things thinking it's all bullshit.

I'm not against seeing a psychiatrist but these factors make me somewhat reluctant to do so.
 

Andrew J

Well-Known Member
#10
It's probably best to get advice from a healthcare professional. There may be a few things that you can try on your own though.

Do you want to say more about your neurological disorder?
Not much was said about it. Either that or I don't remember what was said.
 

johnDoen

Outsider in the Realm of Lost and Found
#11
"I think you may need another psychiatrist for a better view of your conditions."

Maybe, but I think all psychiatrists would form different opinions about my conditions never really forming any consensus. Plus, I don't think there's much they would be able to do other than therapy. Lastly, my mom gets weird about me seeing a psychiatrist and a lot of things thinking it's all bullshit.

I'm not against seeing a psychiatrist but these factors make me somewhat reluctant to do so.
What I meant by "a better view of your conditions" was simply anything that is more detailed than "retard, have asperger's, and a neurological disorder", though I didn't think your psychiatrist literally had said that to you.

Even with the latest update of mental health guidebook (DSM or something), psychiatrists would have different opinions to what exactly is your conditions. Illnesses often have similar symptoms and often lead to one another if being diagnosed too late.

You can tell your mom that there is nothing wrong with taking care of your own health by seeing doctors and medical professionals. From my experience with therapy, I would agree with your mom, though.
 

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