Self-Diagnosis Without Imposter Syndrome Life Coaching Course
Have you thought that you might be neurodivergent in some way, but you haven’t been formally diagnosed? Maybe you relate to your friends who are autistic or ADHDers, or AuDHDers. ND folk are the people you feel most comfortable with. They get you, and you get them. Does this mean you’re ND, too?
Or maybe not.
Should you get diagnosed?
Again, maybe, or maybe not.
Not everyone wants or needs a full clinical evaluation to know they are neurodivergent. You know yourself and your own brain better than anyone else.
Do you need an actual piece of paper with a formal diagnosis? There are a couple of instances where it might be important to get evaluated.
Do you need accommodations in school?
If you’re a student, and you have a recognized “disability” such as ADHD or autism, you have the right to accommodations to help you fully access and benefit from your education.
By the way, if you noticed I put “disability” in quotation marks, that’s because I don’t see neurodivergent brains as “disabled” brains. People I know who are autistic or have ADHD or other neurodivergences have perfectly good brains. It’s just that their brains don’t necessarily align with the neuromajority brain, also called “neurotypical.” The majority tends to set expectations and want the minority to try to be more like them. But, you don’t need to be more like the neuromajority to succeed. You can get help at school by getting assessed and taking your diagnosis to the Disabled Student Services office. They can help you get the accommodations you need in school. If you’re not in school, a formal diagnosis might have little value for you.
Do you need accommodations in the workplace?
If you do, the Human Resources Department at your work will probably need proof of a diagnosis if you’re asking for accommodations to be made so that you can function and be your most productive self.
If you’re fortunate, your school or work may be informal enough to accept your self-diagnosis, especially if they are small and understanding, rather than huge corporations. There’s no law against offering accommodations to someone who is self-diagnosed, but there’s also no law compelling accommodations without a diagnosis from a mental health professional.
So, do you really need a formal diagnosis?
If you don’t need accommodations at school or at work you may be able to self-diagnose, and save the money you might have spent on a formal assessment. Many people do, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Who else knows your history, your behaviors, and your responses, better than you do? You know how to research online. You probably already know that you have autism or ADHD, even if you don’t have a formal diagnosis.
But, do you still wonder?
Imposter syndrome is real.
Many people struggle with self-doubt.
If you’d like to consult with a life coach who understands self-diagnosis, and who can help you dispel your doubt and imposter syndrome, you’ve come to the right place. Your life coach can’t diagnose you. If you need a formal diagnosis, check out our assessment page and schedule a free consultation to talk about it.
Self-Diagnosis Without Imposter Syndrome, Brief
But if you just want to feel more confident about what you already know about yourself, if you want to reflect and talk about it with someone who gets it, then maybe the brief, single-session Self Diagnosis Without Imposter Syndrome life coach program is right for you. Your coach can’t diagnose you, but you can spend about an hour chatting with someone who understands autism, and who respects your self-knowledge. Only you an self-diagnose.
Self-Diagnosis Without Imposter Syndrome, In Depth
If you’re the kind of person who likes to dig deep into things you’re researching, then maybe the in-depth, two-session Self Diagnosis Without Imposter Syndrome life coach program is right for you. Your coach will go over all of the diagnostic criteria with you so you can understand it for yourself, but they will not diagnose you. By the end of the two sessions, you should have more knowledge about what a diagnosis means, and feel confident in making your own self-diagnosis.
DIY: Recognizing Autism in Women and Girls
If you’d rather do it yourself instead of working with a Life Coach on self-diagnosis, consider Wendela Whitcomb Marsh’s book, Recognizing Autism in Women and Girls. The book, available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook, takes you through the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder. Although written with women, trans, and nonbinary folk in mind, it’s also relevant for late-diagnosed or undiagnosed men.
If you’d like to connect with a Life Coach, contact us on this page, or email [email protected]. Meagan will get you set up for a free consultation with one of our Life Coaches, so you can see if you’re a good fit.
If, on the other hand, you believe you really do need a formal diagnostic assessment, we can help you with that, too. Just head over to our Assessment page and get in touch for a free consultation.
Life Coaching can help you feel confident in your self-diagnosis.