Problems Diagnosing Adults with ASD
The tests were where my husband's limitations really were revealed.
He "scored" very, very low, since his biggest handicap is clearly empathy and abstract thinking. We did the test twice. Since my husband is good at social compensation, he often responded, what he intellectually "knew" was the right to responds.
Afterwards, when we checked and discussed his answers to the questionnaire, he had to change many of the answers, such as in "Can you easily see when someone is sad?" He knew very well that he should be able to see that, so he replied promptly: "Yes!" But when we talked about it later and I came up with several examples of countless situations where he had completely overlooked the fact that someone was sad, he could see that the correct answer was "no", and so he changes the answer He became quite offended that he had got an answer wrong.
Since it is so hard for an Asperger to see their own disabilities - or acknowledge their disabilities - it is often very difficult for them to respond in accordance to reality. When we were at the doctor, the same process was repeated. Every time the doctor asked my husband a question, he answered what he thought he should. I was on the sideline and had a quiet dialogue with my husband until he recognized the reality of every question.
We were three times at the doctor, and then the doctor conferred with a psychiatrist who had knowledge about adult Aspergers.
There was no doubt about the conclusion: Asperger's syndrome. My husband was then offered to start at the psychiatrist for an official clarification, but he did not want that, he did not see the point of it. He was then offered a mild anti-depressive medicine to alleviate mood swings and urge for gambling, and he accepted. The pills have helped him greatly to a more stable life, without the need for various kicks.
© Sandy from Scandinavia (translated from the original)