No, shut the fuck up. I don’t care how much you read. I don’t care how much ‘experience’ you have with any given disorder or psychology in general.
Get your stupid ass to a professional and find out what’s REALLY wrong with you, before you kill yourself trying to fix a condition you might not…
One small problem, I’ve had the training as a professional, and I’m still a normal human being with all the flaws and prejudices that go with that, as are all of my colleagues. (Well, as normal as a middle aged man with Asperger’s Syndrome can be.) Professionals are not gods. They are not infallible. They only know what they have experienced and what they have read. Unfortunately, even a lot of the stuff you find in professional journals is BS: Personal opinions dressed up with scientific terms with bad data treated with inappropriate statistics to back it up. If you want a particular diagnosis and have the money, you can find a bad “professional” to give it to you weather you have it or not. If you clearly have a developmental disorder like autism, but it doesn’t look like something the professional read in a book ten years ago, he won’t give you the right diagnosis.
I hate to burst your bubble, but this is the reality of professional diagnosis. Add the cost factor and you have a real barrier. Add the general ignorance of the professional community in many areas and you have a major barrier. Add the tendencies of people on the autism spectrum to seek out knowledge and rapidly absorb it and you have a conundrum in which the person seeking the diagnosis frequently does have more knowledge than the professional. Professional diagnosis are a useful tool for dealing with bureaucracies like schools and government. On the other hand, if you have a condition, you have it weather a professional agrees with you or not.