How do I get a diagnosis, positive or negative, as an adult? It seems that even the medical school at the university is only interested in diagnosing and treating children.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 51
Talking to my psychiatrist, phoning psychologists, talking to the medical school at University of South Florida
The best way to have testing for diagnosis is through a psychologist who does testing for adults and ASD. If you give me your city I'll see what kinds of resources I can find for you that might be of assistance. One question I have, though, is why you are interested in being assigned a diagnosis? Is it for work or to qualify for disability or is it because you personally need to know? One thing to keep in mind is that a diagnosis in adulthood may not have much impact on your life as you move forward. I'm happy to help you find a provider, I just want to raise that awareness.
Thanks. I live in Tampa, Florida. I've got an odd reason for wanting to know: if I have a positive diagnosis of ASD, it could implicate one for my mother (who died last October), which in turn would absolve her of some things I'd thought of as abuse. Then I could move on with my grief with less anger.I've taken the Baron-Cohen tests several times, and all of them have fallen in the Asperger's range.
Have you tried either of these yet:Sutton Psychology Services, LLCTampa, FL33625Tel:(NNN) NNN-NNNN Sutton is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She provides autism assessment and intervention services to individuals of all ages.MTS Health ServicesTAMPA, FL33614Tel:(NNN) NNN-NNNNMTS Health Services currently contracts with Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and provides Behavioral Analysis Services throughout the State of Florida. Our services are community based and our primary focus entails employing Board Certified Behavior Analysts and/or Licensed Clinical Therapists who possess the current Board Certification and/or Licensure in their fields of expertise.
14 yrs in gen pediatrics in the US incl autism/dev delay