So, this is where I am with my diagnostic process:
I went to see a neuropsychologist who has experience with adult diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. During the interview, I did my best to stay focused & answer the questions without getting to broad or tangential. I explained why I believe this is an appropriate diagnosis, going through each criteria, and citing specific examples of each behavior. Then I showed him the results of my pre-screening diagnostic tools. After the interview, he said that it would not be beneficial to pursue this diagnostic process, as it is cost prohibitive. He also said that he did not think it was ASD because I’m capable of empathy. Not sure I agree about that, but I’m certainly in agreement that going into debt is counter-productive. I guess I just have to accept that diagnosis is not in the cards for me.
so many more questions than answers: Do I belong in this community that I have found so much understanding and support among? How do I contextually frame my childhood now that I’m back to square one? Is it too late for me to get the fair shake in the educational system I didn’t get the first time? Will my kids get a fair shake? Will anyone ever take me seriously? Do I have a destiny to fulfill, or am I fooling myself? I hope some of the amazing women who have been communicating with me through WP have some good advice!