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DIAGNOSIS AND SELF-DIAGNOSIS

I heard about this syndrome from the Internet / Radio / TV and I have reflected on many of my characteristics that have led me to view my condition with distress, how can I do to get a diagnosis?

Dear User,

Many like you wrote us to know how to get a diagnosis. It is very likely that you are on the spectrum, but it is very difficult (especially in Italy) to get a proper diagnosis in adulthood; many public facilities are not yet prepared, specialized psychologists work on childhood and cannot issue diagnoses in adulthood. We recommend in any case to increase your knowledge through this Aspie Quiz  test.

Please note that this test has only indicative value and not diagnostic. If, after the test, you have valid data to assume you need a proper diagnosis and  (possible) clinical intervention send us your area of residence and we'll provide you the nearest professional center to you.

From our point of view we do not recommend private facilities as it can be very expensive and often ineffective; if the goal is to obtain subsidies, disability, inscriptions to protected classes of work it is required in all cases the documentation of a public facility.

I heard about this syndrome from the Internet / Radio / TV and have found in it so many characteristics of my son / nephew / brother / relative / partner / friend, how can I do to make him get a diagnosis?

Dear User,Many like you write to us to receive a diagnosis for their loved one. To get an answer you require further information. The route is different according to age and area of residence. If it's infancy, public structures are very well prepared in some regions of Italy, less in others, but we have a number of positive cases of receiving an easy and fast diagnosis and being directed to the most appropriate type of intervention. If it's a teenager, it is equally simple, but it is likely to have developed problem behavior; if you relative/friend did not receive a diagnosis until now, could be an atypical case and it will be harder to get through. IIn case of an adult, things get complicated; it is very difficult (especially in Italy) to get a proper diagnosis in adulthood; many public facilities are not yet prepared, specialized neuropsichiatrie work on childhood and can not issue diagnoses in adulthood. You should also investigate if the person is living with this condition or discomfort with serenity or not. If the person has a job, a social life  that is ineffective or problematic we strongly advise to get him to a diagnosis. We recommend in any case to make him/her aware and suggest to take this Aspie Quiz

Please note that this test has value only indicative and not diagnostic. Please note that this test has only indicative value and not diagnostic. If, after the test, you have valid data to assume you need a proper diagnosis and a (possible) clinical intervention send us your area of residence and we'll provide you the nearest professional center to you.

From our point of view we do not recommend private facilities as it can be very expensive and often ineffective; if the goal is to obtain subsidies, disability, inscriptions to protected classes of work it is required in all cases the documentation of a public facility.

I heard about this syndrome from the Internet / Radio / TV and have found in it so many characteristics of my son / nephew / brother / relative / partner / friend, how can I make him/her aware of these characteristics without hurting him?

Dear User,

Dear User, what you ask is a very delicate question. Many of us found in the asperger an identity recognition and not a medical illness. We refuse the approach to autism as a disease to be eradicated, but we fully recognize our features. Putting a question to this person as if he/she had a problem or was a patient to be diagnosed can possibly mean to him/her a further demonstration that the world refuses him/her. It can, however, explain that there are other people like him/her who can understand and who share his/her way of perceiving reality. I for example I got a self-diagnosis (like many of us) later confirmed in a public facility, after seeing the film "Mozart and the Whale" There is a long filmography that might enlighten him/her especially if this person is already in search of a path of self-affirmation. We suggest to select and see a movie with him/her without saying it directly and trying to point out similarities with the protagonists, giving a positive value. In case of success, try to learn more through this Aspie Quiz test.

Please note that this test has only indicative value and not diagnostic. If, after the test, you have valid data to assume you need a proper diagnosis and a (possible) clinical intervention send us your area of residence and we'll provide you the nearest professional center to you.

From our point of view we do not recommend private facilities as it can be very expensive and often ineffective; if the goal is to obtain subsidies, disability, inscriptions to protected classes of work it is required in all cases the documentation of a public facility.

THERAPY AND INTERVENTION

My son / nephew / brother / relative / partner / friend just received a developmental disorder diagnosis, how can I heal my son / nephew / brother / relative / partner / friend from autism?

Dear User,

When we talk about autism and Asperger syndrome in particular, we do not approach this as a disorder, but rather a characteristic  and a way of being. Many people with Asperger syndrome do not want to be "cured" and, especially in adolescence and adulthood, however benefit  greatly by receiving a diagnosis that can identify them. When we speak of autism, we should not think of a therapy but of a lifelong psychoeducational intervention; this interventionneeds to be acepted and used by the  whole extended family, the school, the world of work and, where appropriate, a professional. There are downloadable Guide Lines where you can find most of the effective interventionsfor your needs.

The most immediate and useful are cognitive behavioral therapy and ABA. If you are instead interested in the point of view of a person asperger adult, I would recommend you don't think of Aspergers' as sick / wrong people, but rather to try to understand the source of discomfort and consequently improve his/her self-esteem and quality of life.  It is plausible that as a result of the continual misunderstandings, exclusion, deception, bullying, external factors and negative experiences, Aspergers' react in problematic ways and make the intervention of a professional necessary. Answering your question: NO, there is no cure to autism. We are born autistic and will be so all our lifetime, but we can get great results and can reach a satisfactory life. Would you be able to heal from your "normal" condition?