Diagnosis (18+)

NHS diagnosis

The National Autistic Society (NAS) offers a step by step guide to getting a referral for adult diagnosis.     Click icon to see it.      Your GP needs a reason to refer you for diagnosis, so you will have to explain why you think you could be autistic, and how a diagnosis would benefit you.      They also recommend taking details of local services to yourGP.       See also:

  • The NHS website has a page about Signs of autism in adults.       It links to their diagnosis page.
  • Have a look at this graphic illustrating the pathway to diagnosis.       new
  • The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) launched their guidelines cover recognising, referring and diagnosing autism in adults in June 2012.      See Information for the public.

Once you have a referral you will want to know about the diagnostic assessment process.      See:  NAS guide.

Private diagnosis

One question to consider about a private diagnosis is how well it would be recognised.

  • See: article from the Autism Service.       They offer private diagnosis too so they are likely to be in favour but their article might help to clarify things.       They have a centre in Sheffield.
  • The charity, Autism Berkshire, does not recommend private diagnosis but they think it is better to consult someone registered with the Health and care professions council (HCPC).