Crisis of confidence and impending autism assessment

No, not mine. My daughter’s.

The date for my daughter’s autism assessment has finally come through and it’s next week.

I’m dreading it.

What if it’s not autism? What if it’s just bad parenting? What if I’m really a refrigerator mother?

My daughter’s first CAMHS clinician seemed to think her problems were “family of origin” issues. Maybe she was right.

I’m stressed out. Massively. I’ve started to get cluster headaches – stabbing pains around my left eye that are utterly unbearable but leave as quickly as they go. Migraines and other headaches such as cluster headaches are associated with autism.

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