You could take along a copy of our guidance for GPs , and tell your GP about the relevant guidelines on autism recognition and referral that should guide their decision to make a referral. If you get an autism diagnosis If you are diagnosed as autistic, you may have a lot of questions. Explaining your situation You could say that you've been reading about autism, or that you've been in touch with The National Autistic Society. Further, not all individuals show improvements, and it is rare that individuals show gains to the extent that they no longer meet diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders ASD 1 — 3. Very early approaches to diagnosis centered on autism in young children. Strengths and Challenges by Dr. If you are diagnosed as autistic, you may have a lot of questions.
For example, autistic women may be quieter, may hide their feelings and may appear to cope better with social situations. If you try to mention it during a consultation about another subject, your GP may not address it fully. If you would like further information and support regarding adult diagnosis, please contact our Family Support Team. This is because they may be able to give important information about your childhood. There are many online 'autism tests' available, but none of these can guarantee accuracy.
This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Associated Conditions Sensory Issues. We use additional cookies to learn how you use this site and to improve your browsing experience. Autism and related disorders in adults. Autism was associated, at least initially, with a rather poor outcome, with the earliest studies suggesting that about two-third of individuals, as adults, required institutional care 1 , 2. Research and service provision in this area remain extremely high priorities In England, your GP should be following NICE guideline and be aware of the statutory guidance requiring a clear diagnosis pathway for adults.