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Hi, my name is autismnewbie!

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autismnewbie
autismnewbie Community member Posts: 1 Listener

Hi


I’ve just been recently diagnosed with Autism by Psychiatry UK via NHS Right to choose., which in fairness was quite quick, just several months.


However, the question I now have is that I am still on my local NHS waiting list for an autism assessment, I have been on the list for 13 months and it has been indicated to me that the assessment should take place next month Feb 24, but I’m still unsure whether I should be going ahead with the second assessment.


If I do go ahead with the NHS assessment and they confirm an autism diagnosis, then this would give me access to potential further support by their own mental health professionals, which my Psychiatry UK diagnosis does not entitle me.


I am currently being supported by two local support organisations and a psychiatric nurse, however I have received several different contradictory opinions whether I should be going ahead with the second assessment.


One of these people asked me to consider what would happen if a second assessment concluded that I wasn’t on the ASC spectrum, which certainly caused me some degree of anxiety.


I would be grateful of any further support or advice regarding this.



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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,190 Scope online community team
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    Hey there @autismnewbie and welcome to the community!

    I've been through the same thing as you, I was diagnosed ASD September 22.  Unfortunately the only "support" I was offered was The National Autistic Society website and sent on my merry way.   I've got the majority of my information from books and youtube.  The Aspie world on youtube is very helpful. 
    Albus (he/him)

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