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Old 02-20-2021, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default PTSD vs Aspergerís/autism?

Hoping this is the appropriate forum to ask, but has anyone here been misdiagnosed with autism, or even vice versa? I was told about 10 years ago that I had been diagnosed with high functioning autism at 17, but after last session with current T have been doubting this even more (sometimes I think I probably am, it is a spectrum after all, but thereís a lot of room for doubt!).
Even she had agreed with previous diagnosis initially, though reneged on it on Wednesday after I asked about the difference between concrete and abstract concepts (specifically in relation to autism, since apparently people on the spectrum can have issues with abstract concepts. I understand both, though might have some trouble defining which category something might belong in if given a list of things to sort, if that makes sense?).
I know autism and trauma can, and often do, overlap also. Logically I know at the end of the day it probably doesnít matter, but now I just have this strong desire to know definitively, which is probably impossible to know, knowing my luck
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I actually have both PTSD and autism. I agree there is some overlap. One key difference is PTSD is caused by a traumatic event where autism is something people are born with. You could very well have both as I do. Have you considered seeing either a trauma specialist or an autism specialist to see if they can more easily differentiate? Someone with more experience may be better than just a general therapist.
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Hey, 88Butterfly88, thanks for replying!
I had thought about getting a second opinion, just was never sure where to go, and havenít even considered trying to get anything arranged during lockdown. Now things are going back to normal it should be easier. I did join the National Autistic Society online the other night, Iím pretty sure theyíd be able to help with getting another assessment.
Just wondering now, how much the psychologist I saw knew about trauma. I do have trauma from early childhood, but I have no idea if it was brought up or not. I let mum talk for me for the most part, because I didnít actually have a clue why I was there; I got taken to see him with no prior discussion (which I would have appreciated), so just found it difficult to engage with him unless he was asking me something directly. And I donít remember much about what actually was discussed, beyond me having no/few friends and being really shy.

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Getting a second opinion is definitely harder during lockdown. Yes, I do think the National Autistic Society would be helpful. It would definitely be important for anyone doing an assessment to know about your past trauma. Best of luck going forward!
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