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Does anyone know how I can get a diagnosis or atleast meet or speak to a professional about the possibility of Adult autism with a professional

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Does anyone know how I can get a diagnosis or atleast meet or speak to a professional about the possibility of Adult autism with a professional

Wed 20 May 2015 2:47pm

Ive been reading about autism and think I may be on the spectrum. This is because I can relate to the triad of impairments mostly around social interaction and when I think back to my childhood I was always on the outside looking in. I didnt have the skills to iniate conversation or play with others and unfortunately this went on into adolescence and beyond.

I struggle now with chit chat and often forget to do small talk and just launch into what I have in my head, instead of following the rules of good conversational ettiquette.

 

Can anyone tell me if there is a professional or practitioner who I could speak to about my challenges, I know that for a formal diagnosis you have to go via the middle man- your GP etc, but before getting to that point it would be great to speak directly to someone who is an expert so I can explain my story and situation.

 

Thanks all for reading

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  • JosieB's picture

    Hi

    Welcome to the forum smiley

     

    The only thing I can think of is perhaps having a chat with someone at NAS (National Autistic Society) although I am sure they will be reluctant to say "yes or no" to you having autism but they might be able to signpost you to somewhere/someone who can listen.  

     

    Josie - Community Champion
  • Tallulah's picture

    Hello, and welcome to the forum. 

     

    There isn't really a way to get access to a specialist without first being referred to the specialist. The only other option really would be to see someone as a private patient.

    Laura - Community Champion
  • SherpaMum's picture

    Hi, I don't know whether you would be able to skip your GP, as normally they make the referral.

    Let us know how you get on.

  • Dizzy90's picture

    Hi there - I am in exactly the same position as you. I believe I'm on the specturm, the more I learn about Autism the more it relates to me. I can completely identify with the feeling of being on the outside looking in!

    I would definatley recommend the National Autistic Society - they where extremely helpful and armed me with all the information I needed to go and speak to my GP about a refereall for diagnosis. It was still very challeneging, but I'm now on the waiting list. If you are going to speak to your GP I would recommend being armed with as much information as you can. I was met with confusion and ignorance by my GP and only got a referall because I gave him the contact information of a local diagnostic service. A private diagnosis can be pricy and not always recognised by local authorities if you find you need help and support from them. 

    Being well prepared before I went in helped slightly with my anxiety - I made brief notes of the symptoms I think I have & had a copy of the information for GP's from the NAS website just in case - http://www.autism.org.uk/Working-with/Health/Information-for-general-pra...

    You can find details of diagnostic services in the NAS directory here, using your postcode to find places near you -  http://www.autism.org.uk/directory 

    Here are some other links that the NAS directed me to that I found helpful before going to see my GP:

    http://www.autism.org.uk/About-autism/All-about-diagnosis/Diagnosis-the-process-for-adults.aspx 

    http://www.autism.org.uk/about-autism/all-about-diagnosis/diagnosis-the-process-for-adults/diagnosis-how-can-it-benefit-me-as-an-adult.aspx

    The AQ test was developed by a team of psychologists to measure autistic traits in adults. It's not a means of diagnosis but may indicate the need for further assessment. If the results are significant it's also worth taking it along to the GP. The test can be taken at the link below: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.12/aqtest.html

    Really hope this information is as usefull to you as it was to me-  good luck! 

    The stars and the moon will be gone too soon, and tomorrow becomes today
  • Jo2108's picture

    I got an adult diagnosis.  I saw my GP first.  She gave me a basic test (multiple choice) and then, when I scored high enough on that, she had to apply for funding for the primary health care trust so I could go forward for a diagnosis.  I saw a brilliant NHS team led by an expert in adult autism.  The testing process took quite a while.  There were a whole bunch of questionaires for me and family and friends.  Then there was a day with 2 clinical psychologists who interviewed me and a telephone interview for one of the people who had filled out a questionaire for me.  Then I had to go back and get my results at a later date.  I thought it was very professionally done.  When I got my diagnosis it came with a detailed report on exactly how autism affects me and where my strengths and weaknesses are.  It was a very positive thing for me.  As someone else on this forum said, having informaiton about the local diagnostic route for adults is really helpful as it varies from place to place.  I was lucky in this respect as West Essex had just put a new adult autism diagnostic service in place.  Good luck.

  • littlekathysaw's picture

    Thanks for your replies everyone.

     

    Im going to follow what Dizzy90 said and get the information before going to see my GP. tHERE are some places in the local area that

    deal with the diagnosis but its via GP referral.

     

    Thanks again

    kl
  • Dizzy90's picture

    Good luck kl! Really glad you found my advice helpful - I was SO relieved when I received the email from the NAS. I felt really armed with all the ammo I need to confidently (well, sort of confidently) go into my GP. 

    Let us know how you get on! 

    Em x

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