I've not even gotten a referral yet and I trust my GP to find someone good, but I have had my hopes dented a little in chatting on Facebook with a women in my community who says she has been trying for 9 years to get an autism diagnosis and not succeeded. She says someone in the local hospital tried to diagnose her as bi-polar. This is known to be one of the misdiagnoses given to women on the spectrum and I am aware that I may encounter a doctor who wants to diagnose me as such. I've had a long look at the diagnostic criteria and it's not a good fit for me. I keep telling myself that I fit the diagnostic criteria for autism so much better that it would be malpractice for someone to insist on bi-polar disorder. And yet this happens to women enough to be frequently written about so why should I be any different?
It's more likely that I will be told I have CFS/ME and anxiety and maybe that I am borderline autistic but the severity of it will be dismissed or diminished. At least that wouldn't put me at risk of being given inappropriate medication.
I must try not to obsess and worry over this. Writing it down helps.
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