I’ve gone back and forth about asking this question. I don’t even know if this is the right place to post this.
TLDR: 19, in college. Recently diagnosed ADHD and SLD, but wondering if I might have ASD as well. What kind of doctor/professional should I seek out to pursue a diagnosis?
Long version: throughout my life, I’ve been that kid. The weird one, but not too weird – nice enough – doesn’t make eye contact. In third grade, I read an article about ADHD and knew I had it. At nine, I was reading books about ADHD and autism and learning disabilities – dysgraphia and dyscalculia and dyslexia.
At 17, I revisited the thought that I might actually have something, and in October of this year, I was diagnosed with ADHD and a learning disability related to reading comprehension.
I was diagnosed by my college’s on-campus counseling center. I currently have no PCP or general practice doctor of any kind, but I do currently have diagnoses of PCOS, ADHD, and a Specific Learning Disorder (SLD).
I match the symptoms of ASD almost perfectly. The only thing I don’t match is that I’ve always been very social.
I thought when I received my ADHD diagnosis that I had my answer to why I act like my autistic friends and the people I’ve worked with professionally who have autism, but I’m not satisfied completely.
So . . . I’m 19, live in the United States, am a college student. Where would I go for a diagnosis? What kind of doctor? Would it be like the counseling center I went to for my ADHD diagnosis, only one who works with ASD clients instead? Are there lists of practices or resources for me to find one?