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Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by 666, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. 666

    666 Lusus naturae

    My therapist finally told me I was autistic after I pestered him about what was causing some of my issues. I kinda suspected all along. but now it's driving me crazy. I keep focusing on what thoughts are autistic and aren't autistic, which drives me crazy because I can't tell. and it driving me crazy might in turn be a symptom. but I can't know for sure. which drives me crazy. It's an endless, vicious, painful cycle
     
  2. may71

    may71 Well-Known Member

    Is it possible for you to try to just sit or lie down and just try to breathe and clear your mind?
     
  3. 666

    666 Lusus naturae

    yeah, but it comes back after a bit
     
  4. may71

    may71 Well-Known Member

    Learning and practicing a meditation technique might help you. In many meditation practices, you learn to simply observe thoughts as they arise, and then let them go.

    Maybe you would like to try a group meditation practice.

    Your therapist may also have some thoughts about what to do.
     
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  5. JulieDegraw

    JulieDegraw Well-Known Member

    In what way does your autism play in ?
     
  6. 666

    666 Lusus naturae

    Maybe. no group meditation though. I get too self conscious
    That's just the thing. I don't know in what way
    .
     
  7. JulieDegraw

    JulieDegraw Well-Known Member

    Did your therapist tell you how he got to that conclusion, that you have autism ?
     
  8. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Hi there @666

    I'm wondering the same question as asked above, how did the therapist come to that conclusion?

    Is it a therapist or a psychiatrist because from what I know and understand a therapist is not allowed to diagnose.

    Were you put on any medication? So sorry you are going through all this, you don't deserve it.
     
  9. 666

    666 Lusus naturae

    he is a psychologist. what happened was I told him I thought I might have borderline. so he pulled out the dsm-5, and showed me how I didn't quite have borderline. Then he pulled out the dsm-4, and showed me I was a perfect fit for mild aspergers, which doesn't exist in the dsm-5. all cases of asperers are now just autism, as I understand it. And no, I haven't been put on medication, though I'm already on an SSRI for my depression
     
  10. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    I see, what is the treatment he recommends for it? Is the SSRI helping much do you think?
    To be honest I thin you need to get properly by a psychiatrist to back up what the psychologist said.
     
  11. Walker

    Walker Everything Zen Staff Member Safety & Support SF Social Media SF Supporter

    Well ya know what? The fact is, there's a long scale of autism and it's symptoms and there's a whole lot of very high functioning people who use their street skills quite well as adults. You too can be one of those folks. You do have some thinking to do on a broad scale to get your shit together and I realize that but don't let a diagnosis dictate who or what you can become. You're you and that's plenty.
     
  12. 666

    666 Lusus naturae

    I honestly don't know. I probably should, but... I don't think my parents would send me to one unless I told them why, and I'm not great talking to them
     
  13. Innocent Forever

    Innocent Forever Go as long as you can. And then take another step. Chat Pro SF Supporter

    @666 as @Petal has said a psychologist cannot diagnose.....
    I get how hard it is to talk to parents..... would you write to them?
    Sending hugs and strength
     
  14. 666

    666 Lusus naturae

  15. extraterrestrialone

    extraterrestrialone assembled words SF Supporter

    sorry 666, i feel as if i’m sneaking in on this conversation. i rarely comment on posts. i just want to mention that as far as diagnoses go, i have a few and i’ve been told that they are all not conclusive - so maybe they are not really diagnoses. one i reject altogether and one i was told i was close to but not actually there - BPD like you mentioned above. This makes me wonder about diagnoses in general. then when reading explanations of various disorders there seems to be so much overlap and room for interpretations and mistakes. maybe you should consider what they say you are as merely speculation on their part. for myself today i decided to not quit everything like i have been saying all over SF in the past several days because my care coordinator at my new insurance company in giving me a list of therapists also provided one place that turned out to not be a therapist but a place that does psychological testing and diagnosing. it is run by a psychologist (phd) so as mentioned above, do i trust or not? but anyway i will hopefully get to go there and find out the big “so what” and get a better idea of what i am in terms of letters. I will tell you how it goes. but i am wondering if you have gone through any psych testing and what the results were and by whom performed etc. I am hoping my results will be helpful for you. i have never come across a testing place like this and i would recommend it but i already know you are in a different geographical location!! but if there is one here there may be another elsewhere.
     
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