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How to go about getting co-morbid conditions diagnosed?

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@AveApollo The psychologist didn't say that you don't have Asperger's, merely that the results are 'inconclusive.' This likely means that you may be a borderline case, or that she doesn't have enough information at present to confidently give a diagnosis. I think that it is quite common for them to need to gather more information before making a diagnosis - a diagnosis is a serious issue (obviously) and they need to be sure that any diagnosis they give is a correct one. So try not to worry or jump to conclusions, you may yet get your diagnosis. And if you don't get it, you can always ask for a second opinion.

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26 minutes ago, Nesf said:

@AveApollo The psychologist didn't say that you don't have Asperger's, merely that the results are 'inconclusive.' This likely means that you may be a borderline case, or that she doesn't have enough information at present to confidently give a diagnosis. I think that it is quite common for them to need to gather more information before making a diagnosis - a diagnosis is a serious issue (obviously) and they need to be sure that any diagnosis they give is a correct one. So try not to worry or jump to conclusions, you may yet get your diagnosis. And if you don't get it, you can always ask for a second opinion.

You are right. Thanks. I need to gain perspective in this.

I think I expected it to be more black and white, but she did say that she needs more information at this stage and the fact that she wants to see me again, (alone) tells me that she is prepared to hear my side of things as well. I think I overreacted the other day and told her that I think she's currently listening to others but not me (I hope she doesn't think I'm rude and pushy).
I see now, it's because she needs a complete picture and she emphasised that her clinic is extremely thorough, as well as the fact there could be co-morbid conditions (hence ADHD coming up as a possibility too, as they specialise in that as well).

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I have co-morbs, which were actually diagnosed before AS. I've always had both vocal and motor tics since I was about 7, but my parents always believed that I was doing them on purpose so I never saw anyone about them. I finally went to my GP about 3 years ago and eventually got a referral to the neurologist who handled tic disorders in my city at the time. I got the list of consultants from Tourettes Action. After a long wait, I finally saw him late last year and to be honest, it was a bit of a waste of time. He seemed very disinterested and the actual person I had been referred to (who was a tic specialist) had left the NHS for a private hospital by the time I was seen. I left with the rather unhelpful diagnosis of "a tic disorder which is Tourettes like". I just tell people that I have Tourettes, as this is apparently quite a common diagnosis despite the fact that it doesn't really make any sense.

I was also diagnosed with OCD earlier this year, which was great as I was then referred for CBT which has helped a hell of a lot. I've been having treatment through my GP for most of the year for anxiety too, and when I received my AS diagnosis around a month ago they also diagnosed GAD.

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