Have you ever wondered if you're autistic? Finding out if you're autistic could help answer questions that may have bothered you all your adult life.
There are a number of online autism tests, but these vary in accuracy and none will be able to tell if you're definitely on the autism spectrum.
The only way to know for sure is to get a formal assessment from a team of healthcare professionals.
The benefits of getting a formal diagnosis of autism can include:
Find out more about people's experiences of getting a diagnosis from the National Autistic Society (NAS).
If you, a friend or a family member think you're autistic, see your doctor to request an assessment.
Your doctor needs a reason to refer you for diagnosis, so you need to explain why you think you could be autistic and how a diagnosis would benefit you.
Try to give your doctor some examples of difficulties you've had in adulthood and childhood in areas such as:
Not all doctors will have an in-depth knowledge of autism, so it's important to explain things as clearly as you can.
If your doctor decides not to refer you for a diagnosis, find out why. You could get a second opinion from another doctor at the surgery.
During the assessment, healthcare professionals – who might include doctors, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists – will want to find out more about you and any difficulties you have.
They may ask you about:
If you're diagnosed with autism, you may be offered further appointments to discuss your diagnosis and the next steps.
If you need additional help with daily living, you should be referred to your council for an assessment of your needs.
The decision about your care and support options will depend on your preferences and other factors, such as:
Find out more about getting assessed for autism as an adult from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
If you're formally diagnosed with autism, you may find NAS information about support and services useful.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.