Autism Diagnosis for Adults

    Have you ever wondered if you are autistic? This is a very common occurrence because there are no exact symptoms of autism and no cause has been discovered. Therefore, a lot of children go undiagnosed and continue to live their life without knowing that they are suffering from autism. A lot of people just figure out ways to cope with the symptoms and go on leading their lives. Are you in the same boat? Finding out you are autistic can be helpful in answering questions that may have bothered you all your life. Do you want to do that? This is where a diagnosis may be helpful.

    There are some who may not want to get a diagnosis. What would be the point? After all, you are an adult now and have learned how to cope with the problem. However, there are some benefits that a diagnosis has to offer. Let’s take a look at them:

    Benefits of Autism Diagnosis               

    • Getting an autism diagnosis can help you in understanding why you experience certain difficulties and learn how to deal with them in the right way.
    • When you are diagnosed with autism, it also helps the people around you understand why you see the world differently and find some things difficult. This makes it easier for them to empathize with you.
    • It can also be helpful in getting you access to benefits and support.
    • Due to an autism diagnosis, your employer may be required to make some necessary adjustments in your work environment or routine.

    If you are unsure of whether you are autistic or not, you can take an online autism test for adults. They don’t take more than five minutes and can give you an idea if your suspicions have weight or not. If you want to go down the official route, read on to know what to do.

    Getting Assessed

    If you or even a friend or family member think that you may be autistic, it is a good idea to see your GP for getting assessed. Your GP cannot refer you for a diagnosis without a reason. Therefore, you have to explain to your GP why you think you are autistic and how a diagnosis can benefit you in the long term. The best way to convince your GP is by giving them examples of the difficulties you have faced in childhood and adulthood in various areas such as:

    • Expressing your thoughts and feelings
    • Communication and speech
    • Understanding others or relating to them
    • Difficulties in being flexible in your behaviour
    • Using your imagination in social settings

    It is important to bear in mind that not all GPs are very knowledgeable about autism. Therefore, you will need to explain things to them as clearly as possible. Once the GP understands your situation, they will refer you to a specialist who can help you with the assessment.

    During the assessment, doctors, language and speech therapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals will need to find out more about you and the difficulties you experience. They will question you about:

    • Your childhood
    • How you deal with and react in social situations
    • Life at college, home and at work

    If the specialists diagnose you with autism, you may have to take further appointments for discussing the diagnosis and figuring out the next steps. The decision regarding your support and care options can depend on your preference as well as some other factors. Some of these factors include:

    • Any mental or physical health problems you suffer from
    • The effect autism has had on your everyday life
    • Any other problems that could actually lead to a crisis

    These factors will be taken into account and then a treatment and support program is outlined.

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