Hi bi-polar babe:
Dr. Wilfong asked that I step in and assist, as I have helped a lot of clients on the Autism spectrum. To answer your concerns directly, there is not currently an adequate brain scan that can definitively diagnose a person "Autistic" or "Asperger's," nor is there (unfortunately) a blood test. Rather, a therapist who tends to specialize in these complications will be required to conduct/complete the evaluation.
I will say also that having a schozophrenic parent does not play into the hand of Autism spectrum. Schizophrenia
is a problem with the dopamine systems within the brain... but Autism Spectrum children almost invariably have a parent (or two) who have issues related to the serotonin systems. Hence, Spectrum kids almost without exception have issues related to anxiety
in their psychological make-up. And frankly, given your lineage, it would be more likely that you inherited schizophrenia 9or perhaps a milder thought disorder) from your ancestors than Autism.
Lastly, if you are Autistic, there is a chance
you can pass it to your child. However, the research on this topic is still in its infancy, as we struggle to discover the exact etiology of the rather complicated disorder. for now, there have not been very strong links between mothers and children.
Oh and incidentally, bi-polarity does not rule out Autism nor vice-versa. It is completely possible for both to exist.
Everything Dr. Wilfong mentioned to you is absolutely true and accurate - but I understand your fears. I will repeat for the sake of emphasis that you should enlist a therapist or psychiatrist who deals with Autism spectrum to assist you with the diagnostic process. Anything short of that (including an internet consult) would be incomplete.
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