Research in the context of the diagnostic journey is the process one may launch into to find out as much information as possible to try and deal with the self-questioning.
Examples may include:
- Looking up clinical definitions of autism
- Searching for and studying the content of autistic YouTube and Twitter accounts
- Searching for online tests that you can do on yourself at home
The strict clinical definitions may be of limited usefulness as they tend to be framed in terms of fairly specific deficits that may be difficult to identify as a match with your personal experience. Autistic social media accounts may prove much more useful as they describe a broader range of more true-to-life experience that may resonate with you more readily. Looking at the content from several different accounts also helps, as each autistic person's own experience is unique to them.
Maybe put this in Podcasts by Autistic creators?
Good thought - I went to do so, then second-guessed, because this pod host isn't autistic (though she has lots of autistic guests) and is not so much representative of "autistic culture" (where the "Pods by Autistic Creators" lives) so much as a source of clinical info (which unlike most clinical info is neurodiversity-friendly). Thoughts?
If the host isn't autistic, I don't think it should go in Podcasts by Autistic creators --Fire Eider (talk) 15:05, 24 August 2022 (UTC)
Two Sides of the Spectrum The host is a clinician who is not autistic, but who embraces the neurodiversity paradigm and frequently has autistic guest-experts on the show. For those who want to explore clinical perspectives on autism, this is a useful and affirming source.
Embrace Autism The blog offers research and experiential reflections on autism, written by autistic psychologists.