Getting a diagnosis of autism or – more particularly – Asperger syndrome as an adult may not be easy.
Approach your GP
Make an appointment with your GP. Ask for a referral to a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, preferably one with experience of diagnosing autism.
Your GP should refer you for a specialist assessment with a specialist service, which can help identify and diagnose autism.
What to do you are unable to get a referral or diagnosis?
- Consult the Autism Services Directory: The National Autistic Society provide an Autism Services Directory (www.autismdirectory.org.uk) which lists professionals who have given their details as being experienced in diagnosis.
- Contact the Autism Helpline: The National Autistic Society provide an Autism Helpline on 0845 070 4004. Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm.
- Refer your GP to helpful resources: such as the GP’s guide to adults with Asperger syndrome of the Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders: a guide for health professionals
Help after a diagnosis
Apply to your local social care or community Mental Health team for an assessment of need.