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