We had thunder storms last night. I know it was much worse in other areas of Oklahoma than it was here. I didn’t lose power. Once or twice the lights flickered and that was it.
I have had many emails from those of you who were interested in the autism diagnosis as it affects either yourself, someone in your family, or a friend.
So in the vein of transparency, I will give you the diagnosis I received in the final report in the mail yesterday.
299.00 Autism Spectrum Disorder
296.33 Major Depressive Disorder
300.29 Social Phobia, Generalized (Secondary to Autistic overstimulation)
300.15 Dissociative Disorder, NOS (by history)
I can’t seem to find a lot of information online about adults with autism. I can put adults with autism in the search engines, but almost every time it comes up with data on children.
I know I live in my own little world, but it has worked for me. So if they can find a place in life where they feel safe and less anxious and over-stimulated, then that’s quality of life for them.
The report said: “Her social deficits and anxiety problems have made it impossible for her to work in traditional venues.
“Brenda has a history of dissociative episodes that began at age 12. Some type of sensory stimuli triggered each dissociative experience she has had. However, since she has not been able to identify a pattern in how this occurs, Brenda simply limits her time away from her apartment.
Brenda is very sensitive to external stimuli and is easily overwhelmed by noise and crowds. She also has a pronounced and exaggerated startle response.”
Results of Psychological Testing:
Autism is a sensory processing disorder. In other words, people who have Autism simply do not process stimuli in the same way everyone else does. The GARS-3 is an objective assessment tool specifically designed to assess for the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is comprised of six sub-scales:
These sub-scales cover the gambit of the common symptoms and experiences of people who have Autism.
Brenda’s lowest score was in the area of maladaptive speech, but even on this scale she scored at the 50th percentile. Brenda’s highest score was in the area of Cognitive Style, scoring at the 91st percentile.
This indicates that Brenda has significant difficulties with the cognitive processing of information she receives from the environment.
Brenda achieved an Autism index of 115 indicating she is very likely to have Autism Spectrum Disorder. In fact, the GARS-3 has two levels of “Very Likely” to have this disorder and Brenda scored in the higher, more extreme level.
Her high score on this instrument indicates that she likely requires substantial support and accommodations to function effectively.”
This assessment was based on:
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Second Edition (MMPI-2)
Gilliam Autism Rating Scale, Third Edition GARS-3
I hope this helps someone who is either dealing with this, or wondering if they should have the testing done for themselves or someone in their family.
I have disclosed much of this report in the hopes that it will help someone dealing with this complex disorder.
If you have questions, leave them in the comments and I will try my best to answer them.