If you are concerned that may have Asperger syndrome, then you may consider getting a diagnosis. While you have lasted until your adult life without one, you may find that receiving a diagnosis may help you to understand the world a little bit better. This page is going to, briefly, walk you through the process.
Visit Your GP
In the United Kingdom, most GPs should be able to provide you with an autism diagnosis. However, it may take a while. So, when you call up your GP to book an appointment, it is important that you mention that you are looking to be diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. If you do not, the doctor will not set aside the time that you need to be diagnosed, and this can cause issues.
In some cases, the GP may not feel qualified enough to provide you with a diagnosis. If that is the case, then they may be able to refer you to somebody who can.
The Problem with Receiving a Diagnosis for Autism as an Adult
Diagnosing autism in children is relatively easy. They are ‘fresh’ which means they have barely had a chance to let the world shape them. As an adult, things are different. While it is likely a doctor may be able to watch a child in order to diagnose them. This is not possible in an adult. Or, it should not be possible in post cases. As an adult, it is likely that the doctor will ask you a series of questions to ascertain whether you may be suffering from autism or not. Sadly, it is not going to be the most reliable method in the world, but it is going to help you out.
When you answer the questions that your doctor gives you, it is important that you try to be as accurate as possible with your answers. If you are not honest, then there is no guarantee that your doctor will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis. Don’t worry about what you share with your doctor, I promise they are not going to share it with the world!
What do you do once you have received your diagnosis?
As an adult, your diagnosis is not going to change who you are as a person. It is important that you remember this. For many people, they are just able to get on with their life the way it was before. You probably do not have to tell anybody. However, some may tell those who are close to them, just to make sure they understand why they are acting the way that they are. The main reason why people obtain a diagnosis is because they want to have more of an idea of themselves. If they are diagnosed with autism, then they get a sense of relief from it. They realise why so many around them have misunderstood them.
Your doctor may also be able to provide you with details of autism services that may be beneficial to you.