Asperger and becoming a Doctor Watch

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I have been told I may have Asperger's by an phyc however I have very good communication skills when I am not anxious ... I have a Saturday job working with children with dyslexia. I have no sensory issues and I THINK I understand when to be sensitive and how to be. I am capable of getting the A Level grades to become a Doctor but does the possibility I have aspergers prevent me??
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Have you seen Doc Martin?
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The possibility of Aspergers shouldn't be a problem. If you specialise in a field that suits your personality and interests then you won't have any problem, particularly if it's not clean cut whether or not you do have Aspergers.
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You'll be fine. Aspbergers is at least mostly environmental.(and whether there are any genetic markers is debatable)

If you think you're socially capable, then just ignore any diagnosis of aspbergers and just carry on as normal.
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(Original post by catgirlcatgirl)
does the possibility I have aspergers prevent me??
Not at all, although you won't be able to "ignore" it- you will have to declare it at all stages of your career.

I was diagnosed in the very early days of medical school and did have to go through all the faff of proving I was fit to practise as a doctor, but by no means was it an automatic "no" (although some people did take some convincing!).
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Not at all, although you won't be able to "ignore" it- you will have to declare it at all stages of your career.

I was diagnosed in the very early days of medical school and did have to go through all the faff of proving I was fit to practise as a doctor, but by no means was it an automatic "no" (although some people did take some convincing!).
I've spent the last 3 years been assested by variouse DR's trying to determin if i have an anxiety dissorder or if i have aspergers or both...........
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Not at all, although you won't be able to "ignore" it- you will have to declare it at all stages of your career.

I was diagnosed in the very early days of medical school and did have to go through all the faff of proving I was fit to practise as a doctor, but by no means was it an automatic "no" (although some people did take some convincing!).
that must have been irritating......
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The diagnosis of Asperger's isn't likely to be a barrier in itself. You will probably be asked to declare it at various points but largely so that support/help can be put in place if you need it. It will only cause a problem if it causes a problem (I realise this is tautological !!), e.g. if it stops you being able to function adequately as a doctor.*If it's not having a major effect on your life now, I'd be surprised if it was an absolute barrier to practicing medicine.
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ASD shouldn't be a barrier. If you're communication skills (to name one) are sound - they should be excellent - then there should be no problem. If they're not, and you're determined to become a Doctor, jsut try and refine the skills necassery to become a Doctor!
(Coming from someone with Asperger's, who wants to be a medic BTW...)
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