Pros and cons of formal diagnosis

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“Formal diagnosis” can refer to a diagnosis of autism or of another neurodivergence (e.g., ADHD). #autchat

Some people with formal diagnoses may have known they were autistic or similar beforehand. #autchat

Some people without formal diagnoses want one; others don’t. #autchat

Questions:

Q1 (1/2): Do you have a formal diagnosis? If so, what led you to get one? (Or was it a surprise?) #autchat

Q1 (2/2): If you don’t have a formal diagnosis, have you considered getting one? Why or why not? #autchat

Q2 (1/2): If you have a formal diagnosis, has it helped you? How? #autchat

Q2 (2/2): If you don’t have a formal diagnosis, are there pros for you of not having one? #autchat

Q3 (1/2): If you have a formal diagnosis, has it had any unexpected consequences? Are any negative? #autchat

Q3 (2/2): If you DON’T have a formal diagnosis, do you worry about any potential negative consequences? #autchat

Q4: Are there any other pros or cons you’ve heard of to formal diagnoses? To not getting formal diagnoses? #autchat

Questions for this #autchat were written by @theoriesofminds.

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