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Why It’s OK, Even Necessary to Self-Diagnose in the Autism Community

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If you have read online about autism and neurodiversity as a whole on Instagram, TikTok and other social media and online platforms, you may see that self-diagnosis is considered valid and accepted… and by that, I mean accepted as an identity, with the concept of labeling yourself as being Autistic in order to better explain who you are as acceptable.

Valid. This is something I didn’t immediately understand. Why wouldn’t someone get a diagnosis? Well, there are a number of reasons.

Here are some of the most common ones I have read: 1. Getting a full autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, including an IQ test and interview, is very expensive and/or may have long wait times.

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