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The Good Doctor Says... 11-18-2010 04:20 pm Surreal's Blog
I just came from the doctor a minute ago.
Like the Autism Lady from my meeting and people on here said, I mentioned my concern for the possibility of an ASD. The receptionist had everybody fill out an update form where one of the last questions was, "Do you have any other concerns?" I answered that I had a concern about being OTS. When the doctor finished checking my blood pressure (my reason for being there) he asked about my concern.
I was primarily expecting him to blow me off because I had read about others who had been scoffed at by primary care physicians. Instead he asked me why I was concerned. I'm not really good at verbalizing despite my writing ability, but I did say that my concern was not just about the present but about a pattern of things going all the way back to childhood.
Without hesitation, he immediately referred to my medical benefits card saying that because of my plan I might be directed to a specific place for a psychologist and said that I should look into getting checked out. He also disagreed about the whole adults not needing a diagnosis. He said that self-knowledge is a good thing that helps us understand more about ourselves and what kind of support we may need.
I was surprised and somewhat encouraged, but also suddenly scared.