Coming out Asperger: Diagnosis, Disclosure, and Self-Confidence

Coming out Asperger: Diagnosis, Disclosure, and Self-Confidence

Coming out Asperger: Diagnosis, Disclosure, and Self-Confidence

Coming out Asperger: Diagnosis, Disclosure, and Self-Confidence

Synopsis

Coming Out Asperger explores the complex issues surrounding the diagnosis and disclosure of Asperger Syndrome (AS), one of the 'hidden disabilities'. How might a diagnosis affect you, your self-confidence and self-esteem? What's the best way to disclose a diagnosis? When? And how? With chapters by some of the best-known and most exciting writers in the field of AS and autism today, as well as parents and professionals, this book offers a wide range of views on the implications - positive and negative - of giving, receiving and disclosing an AS diagnosis.

Excerpt

Diagnosis is not a simple and straightforward process involving the transfer of some information from one box to another box. the transfer of the diagnosis does not occur in an isolated space of its own; it does not occur instantaneously; it has a history, and it has consequences. the difference goes beyond the moment of information transfer; the diagnosis makes a difference to our memories of the past and to our expectations for the future. the diagnosis imparts information which makes a vast and ramified difference.

All the other people in the world are the social context of the information transfer. For instance, diagnosis also makes a different, complex difference to those who live with the recipient. the diagnosis makes a difference to the social embedment of the recipient: the recipient’s background. the diagnosis also makes a difference in another way. It makes, or will make, a difference to the self-image of the person who receives it. Finally, everybody changes. We change in the short term, as we experience different moods. and we change in the long term as our character evolves.

Diagnosis is like a movie rather than a diagram of boxes and arrows. Boxes come and go, arrows carry more or less information and change where they are pointing, the white-paper background is a full-colour three-dimensional film and so are the contents of each box.

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