Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
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Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

How Seeking a Diagnosis in Adulthood Can Change Your Life

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

As awareness and understanding of Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder increases, more adults are identifying themselves as being on the spectrum and seeking formal diagnosis. This book discusses the process, the pros and cons, and the after-effects of receiving an autism diagnosis in adulthood.


Outlining the likely stages of the journey to diagnosis, this book looks at what the individual may go through as they become aware of their Asperger characteristics and as they seek pre-assessment and diagnosis, as well as common reactions upon receiving a diagnosis - from depression and anger to relief and self-acceptance. Combining practical guidance with advice from personal experience and interviews and correspondence with specialists in the field, the book discusses if and when to disclose to family, friends and employers, how to seek appropriate support services, and how to use the self-knowledge gained through diagnosis to live well in the future.

A timely accurate resource for discovering if you fit the bill for autism. How I wish this treasure of a resource had been available during my own journey! This important guide for adults cuts to the chase. It potentially opens all the right doors. – Wenn Lawson, psychologist, counsellor, social worker, autism advocate and author
There is an increasing number of adults who have a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome in their mature years. This new book will help explain past experiences, provide self-understanding and give guidance as to the future. People who have recently achieved a diagnosis, family members and clinicians will find the descriptions and advice invaluable. – Tony Attwood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Australia, and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
Philip Wylie has captured the true essence of living with Asperger's Syndrome. Many people spend the majority of their lives wondering why they are different and never fit in. Broken relationships, loss of jobs, and being preyed upon by those that see our vulnerability and lack of assertiveness are all part of the process. In turn, we develop low self-esteem and suffer many consequences. Getting diagnosed can help turn these negatives into positives. No matter how late in life you discover that you have Asperger's, there is still room for repair. Wylie points out that receiving a diagnosis can have either positive or negative effects, and what to be prepared for in either case. Self-acceptance is the key. You are then free to embark upon a new life. Within these pages is advice for what happens next after receiving your diagnosis. Wylie helps guide you through the process, to come out seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. That light will help guide you to a better life after learning you are on the Autism Spectrum! – Anita Lesko, Founder and Executive Director of the Flying High with Autism Foundation, author of Been There. Done That. Try This! and Asperger's Syndrome: When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade
Philip Wylie sought a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome at the age of 51 after reading an article about autism in an accountancy magazine and having a "Eureka" moment! He previously worked as Finance Director and Company Secretary of a British offshore bank, before relocating to Thailand where he began personal study of psychology and complementary healing practices on his path to self-realisation. Before and since receiving his diagnosis he has researched autism extensively and undertaken a survey into late diagnosis with the Shropshire Autonomy network and writing projects for the NAS, UK.
Acknowledgements. Forewords by Luke Beardon and Sara Heath. Preface. Introduction. 1. The Stages of Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). 2. Living Without Diagnosis (Pre-Self-Identification). 3. Pre-Assessment and Diagnosis. 4. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Diagnosis. 5. Common Reactions to Late Diagnosis. 6. The Coming Out Process. 7. How to Live Well with your Diagnosis. International Directory of Resources. Appendix: The AQ Test. Glossary of Terms. References. Further Reading.
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