View Full Version : Aspergers, really?


FreewayFlyer04
04-25-14, 10:34 PM
It was suggested that I take a test at aspie test .org.

Although the disclaimer is that it is a tool for evaluation by a professional, it is suggested that, if you take the test without the assistance of a clinician, at least have someone there who knows you well.

I did.

Gee Whiz, Batman.

The Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised (RAADS-R)



Scores with a yellow background are above the test threshold values. If your total score is above the threshold it may be worth getting professionally assessed.

First # is my test result


Total score - 156.0 Threshold values for suspected ASD 65.0

Language - 10.0 Threshold values for suspected ASD 4.0

Social relatedness - 97.0 Threshold values for suspected ASD 31.0

Sensory/motor - 18.0 Threshold values for suspected ASD 16.0

Circumscribed interests - 31.0 Threshold values for suspected ASD 15.0


Now I will go read the research paper the test is based on.

Hypoactive
04-30-14, 02:45 PM
almost 1/3 of those with ADHD show symptoms of ASD and vice versa. in addition, genetic studies suggest the two disorders share genetic risk factors. you can google it and get a ton of info.

addthree
04-30-14, 03:20 PM
I have been trying to find out how to be diagnosed professionally.
Can any Psychiatrist diagnose ASD or are there specialist?
Any input would be appreciated.

TheatreKid
04-30-14, 06:07 PM
I don't know if Canada is different from the US, but I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist who specialized in adults with ASD. Unfortunately, this time it was likely a misdiagnosis, and every professional who has seen me since talks to me for 5 minutes and says it can't be a legit diagnosis.

Once my medication is settled, I'm going to ask my psychiatrist to send me for actual testing to reevaluate. I don't think I actually have Asperger's. I'd like to get thoroughly checked out.

I would recommend getting neuropsychological testing, just to be thorough. I understand that can be kind of expensive in the US, but if you can do it, I think it's the best route to make sure.

daveddd
04-30-14, 07:23 PM
wrong thread

Hypoactive
04-30-14, 07:44 PM
I have been trying to find out how to be diagnosed professionally.
Can any Psychiatrist diagnose ASD or are there specialist?
Any input would be appreciated.

psychiatrists usually don't dx ASD's. most psychologists do -- *neuro*psychologists are best at it, imho.

with my son, i went through a whole slew of psychologists, who did no real testing and all said virtually the same thing: "it's PDD-NOS, but we'll call it asperger's, because that's all teachers understand."

knowing this was incorrect, i finally had him seen by a neuropsychologist, who evaluated him *in-depth*, and dx'd him with nonverbal learning disorder, aka NLD. i was also subsequently dx'd with it. life was SO much better after that, for both of us.

btw, he said those with ASD sometimes fit the bill for NLD as well, but it doesn't work the other way around (both my son and i have excellent social skills and no narrow interests or stereotyped behaviors. we do, however, have a HUGE discrepancy between our verbal and performance scores on IQ tests, are sensitive to light and sound, have trouble with balance and coordination, and meet all of the criteria for ADD-PI)

daveddd
04-30-14, 07:53 PM
psychiatrists usually don't dx ASD's. most psychologists do -- *neuro*psychologists are best at it, imho.

i went through a whole slew of psychologists who did no real testing and all said virtually the same thing: "it's PDD-NOS, but we'll call it asperger's, because that's all teachers understand."

knowing this was incorrect, i finally had him seen by a neuropsychologist, who evaluated him *in-depth*, and dx'd him with nonverbal learning disorder, aka NLD. i was also subsequently dx'd with it. life was SO much better after that, for both of us.

btw, he said those with ASD sometimes fit the bill for NLD as well, but it doesn't work the other way around (both my son and i have excellent social skills and no narrow interests or stereotyped behaviors. we do, however, have a HUGE discrepancy between our verbal and performance scores on IQ tests, are sensitive to light and sound, have trouble with balance and coordination, and meet all of the criteria for ADD-PI)

what were some of the better treatments for nld that were life improving

i have that