Multiple DiagnosesForgive me if I've shared another story in this group before. I'm really not sure. But... I have multiple diagnoses. My first diagnoses were Bipolar I Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, and Dependent Personality Disorder. Then, I was diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and agoraphobia. Of all of those, the ones that really fit are Avoidant Personality Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and agoraphobia. But I was recently informally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome vy my psychiatrist and I believe that is the only disorder I actually have. All of the other problems I have, like the social anxiety, avoidant tendencies, mood issues, etc. are because of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am now in the process of seeking a formal diagnosis. I see a doctor tomorrow and I'm hoping he can give me a referral to a doctor who I can get tested by. There is a neurologist in the same building who, according to google, tests for ASD's in adults. I'm hoping that truly is the case. If so, he's a doctor I "know" because he used to be my moms neurologist, after she had a bad stroke. So I will feel more comfortable around him that someone else.
Whatever my issues are, be they actually mental illness(es) or an ASD, they have drastically negatively affected my life. But I am getting better. Slowly, but surely. And I've made a lot of progress just since this past summer and even more in the last month or so. So, whatever my problems are, I hope to overcome them someday. Or, in the case of Asperger's, coexist with it in a more productive way.
lyricalongings 31-35, F 1 Dec 10, 2012