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mental health journalism - late autism diagnosis for women and AFAB

Hi everyone! I'm a journalism student at Northwestern University and I've recently worked on a feature piece on late autism diagnosis for women and AFAB. I would really appreciate some guidance to magazines that you all think would publish my piece without editing it too much, as this topic is very important and personal to me and I am tired of seeing it misrepresented in the media. #Autism #Journalism #Diagnosis #AdultDiagnosis #Media

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Adult Autism Diagnosis help? - Michigan near Selfridge

I am pretty sure I am autistic, and I'd like to persue a diagnosis, but I'm not sure where around me is good and reliable. A lot of them make me nervous because of puzzle pieces and offering aba, especially because I'm an adult.
I'm near Selfridge in Michigan #Michigan #Autism #ASD #AdultDiagnosis #adultautism

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#Autism #AutismAcceptance #AutismAdvocacy #AutismAwareness #AutismDiagnosis #AutismMeltdowns

Hi I was after some help. I’m wondering how people in the UK get diagnosed with autism by other ways than the NHS. There’s been a mistake with my referral and it has not been done apparently according to my mental health worker so I’m having to go through the referral again which is a 3 year waiting list. Iv been diagnosed with various mental health problems over the years and the last few months I have been exploring the possibility of being on the spectrum with my therapist and mental health worker. Being autistic makes so much more sence to me and how iv been all my life. I’m 34 and a self diagnosis seems to have just clicked with me and explained so much especially the sensory stuff and iv realised iv been “masking” for years. I did a few online tests yesterday and scored extremely high on all of them. I don’t want to have to pay loads to get diagnosed privatley but I’m hoping a diagnosis will open up a new world to me and a way of coping with life. Thank you for reading my comment. #AdultDiagnosis #Autism

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Why don't antidepressants and therapy work for me and my depression? Is it something else, C-PTSD or Autism?

I have lived all of my 64 years (that I can remember) being depressed. I didn't know what it was until my 20s, and read a book called REALITY THERAPY which described my symptoms very well, and offered me hope for the first time. I started therapy soon after, but living with depression ever since.

I have been in regular therapy since that time, and have had a wide variety of therapists, and a wide variety of antidepressants in those years. I'm currently on Effexor XR 300mg per day, and have been for over 10 years. It seems to have worked better for me than others I had in the previous years.

Still, the best that I ever feel is what I think 'normal' people feel when they say they're depressed. I call it "neutral", although when I'm questioned by a therapist or doctor, they classify it as 'depressed'. For me, that "neutral" state feels like a huge relief, and a time to freely exhale, and otherwise let my body loose, and to relax. But like I said, the doctors say that I am still depressed then, just not as much as I usually am.

Twenty years ago, a new doctor told me that the reason I wasn't getting better was because I was misdiagnosed, and he diagnosed me with Bipolar type 2. I started on Depakote as a mood stabilizer, and stayed on antidepressants as well. Then came a diagnosis of ADHD, and I have been on Ritalin ever since. I spent decades on the combination and still fought depression every step of the way.

Last year I was switched from Depakote to Lithium, at a high dose, and because doctors didn't check my blood levels each month, I ended up with severe Lithium toxicity, and near death. I was taken to a hospital with a Trauma Center a hundred miles away, and spent the next week there hooked to three IVs, and constant medical attention. I'm still recuperating at home.

My current psychiatrist doesn't agree with the previous Bipolar 2 diagnosis, but thinks it may be something else. C-PTSD seems to fit in a myriad of ways with me. But now I am wondering if even some level of Autism fits with me. It's hard for me to tell what might be actual symptoms that I have, and what might just be coincidences.

If my depression is not coming from 'depression', per sé, but is coming from C-PTSD or Autism, would that explain why the antidepressants and talk therapy over the years have never truly gotten rid of it? Or does it not make any difference, and I'm just whistling in some dark alley somewhere? I don't really have much hope any more that things can ever get any better. ♧


#TreatmentresistantDepression
#Depression #ChronicDepression #Bipolar2Disorder #ADHD #Effexor #lithiumtoxicity #lithium #Misdiagnosed #BipolarDisorder #neurodiverse #MajorDepressiveDisorder #Depression #SocialAnxiety #AdultDiagnosis #AutismDiagnosis #BipolarDisorderDiagnosis #Autism #UndiagnosedAutism #TheNationalAutisticSociety #AutismAcceptance #Anxiety #PTSD #CPTSD #PTSDSupportAndRecovery #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #Selfdiagnoses

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I was diagnosed today

I'm devastated. I saw a psychiatrist two weeks ago. I have PTSD. That's fine..
But the #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #AdultDiagnosis was not something I saw coming. I feel like I heard a death knoll..

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Wellness Wednesday and Health Update

The last week has been an eventful one for me, so I want to be transparent with you.

Three years ago, I learned that I had type 2 diabetes after a follow-up appointment for another health issue. The news shocked me, and I struggled to accept the news. Through faith in an awesome God and a strong support system, I have overcome many challenges associated with my condition and kept my numbers in range.

Since last summer, I've learned that there are people in the diabetes community who are misdiagnosed as type 2 when they have latent autoimmune diabetes in adults.

The more I researched about this phenomenon, the more I found that I fit many of the characteristics. I've also learned many patients struggled to get their healthcare providers to take the GAD autoantibody test to confirm their condition.

My endocrinologist was able to perform an autoantibody test for me and I received the results last night. This morning, I received confirmation from my endocrinologist: I have LADA.

I'm fine mentally. I'm relieved now that I know what's wrong. But most of all, I'm grateful and blessed that my endocrinologist listened to me.

For Wellness Wednesday, I want to urge everybody with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes to check their GAD autoantibodies to make sure their diagnosis is correct. Diabetes misdiagnosis can make your condition worse, increase your risk of complications, and prevent you from getting the right treatment.

The following articles will give you more information about GAD autoantibodies and diabetes, which can help you make the best decision for you:

🔹How do GAD antibodies affect diabetes?🔹
www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313764

🔹What You Need to Know About Type 1.5 Diabetes🔹
www.healthline.com/health/type-1-5-diabetes

🔹Is It Possible for Type 2 Diabetes to Turn into Type 1?🔹
www.healthline.com/health/can-type-2-diabetes-turn-into-type-1

#DiabetesType2 #DiabetesType1 #prediabetes #lada #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #AdultDiagnosis #Health #testing #MightyTogether #Lifestyle

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