This is a series of posts that I’ve come to think of as my Asperger’s “origin story” or how I came to realize that I might be autistic and what happened in the wake of that realization. It’s a mix of personal narrative with some advice based on what I learned from my experience. I strongly encourage you to read the many comments left by readers. Each person’s story is different and the comments on these posts are creating a rich tapestry of what it means to be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or autism as an adult.
The series is now complete. It has also been released as an e-book titled I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults for Kindle and iPad (Nook is coming soon). The list below is the complete table of contents for the e-book, with links to the sections available on the blog.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Autism Spectrum Disorder Definition and Traits (includes over 100 questions to help identify autistic traits in adults based on the DSM-5)
Part 8: Obtaining a Formal Assessment
Part 9: Types of Assessments
Part 10: Preparing for your ASD Evaluation
Part 11: Adult ASD Evaluation – The Tests
Part 13: Waiting for a Diagnosis
Part 14: Receiving a Diagnosis
Part 15: Moving Forward after a Diagnosis
Part 16: Disclosure
Part 17: An Evolving Sense of Self
Part 18: Closing Thoughts