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Seeking a Diagnosis of Asperger's: How to Prepare for an Assessment

You or your partner/spouse believe you may have Asperger’s, and you want to get an assessment from a diagnostician to see. So, what can you do to prepare for an appointment?

Here is some information to help you get ready for a doctor’s visit:

1.    Bring a few notes of any observations from other important people in your life that know you well (e.g., relatives, teachers, employer, etc.).

2.    Bring your partner/spouse or a friend with you to the appointment to help you remember information – and for emotional support.

3.    Make a list of any medications (including vitamins, herbs, and over-the-counter medicines) that you are taking – and their dosages.

4.    Make a list of questions to ask the diagnostician in order to make the most of your time.

5.    Don't hesitate to ask other questions that you may think of during your appointment.

6.    Write a brief description of how you interact with your partner/spouse, your children, friends, coworkers, etc.

7.    Have a list of questions to ask the diagnostician, for example:
  • How can I learn more about Asperger’s?
  • How much and what kinds of regular medical care might I need?
  • If I do have Asperger’s, is there a way to tell how severe it is?
  • Is there a way to confirm the diagnosis?
  • What changes can I expect to see in myself over time?
  • What kind of special therapies might I need?
  • What kind of support is available for adults with the disorder?
  • Why do you think I have the disorder?

Be prepared to answer some questions during the assessment. The diagnostician is likely to inquire about a number of things. Be ready to answer them to reserve time to go over any points you may want to focus on. He or she may ask:
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • Do you have a family history of Asperger’s, ADD, OCD, anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders?
  • Does your have any other symptoms that might seem unrelated to Asperger’s (e.g., stomach problems)?
  • Are your symptoms continuous or occasional?
  • How do you interact with your partner/spouse, other family members, coworkers, etc.?
  • Do you show a genuine interest in others, make eye contact, smile, or want to talk with others?
  • What are some of your favorite activities?
  • What specific problems prompted your visit today?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen symptoms?
  • When did you first notice the signs of the disorder? 
  • Have others noticed signs?

Asperger’s is a disorder related to brain development that impacts how you perceive and socialize with others. People with the disorder often have problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. By seeking outside assistance with any problems related to the symptoms of the disorder, you should be able to function as well as anyone – with or without the disorder.

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