I have decided I should get a proper diagnosis for Asperger’s Syndrome, but didn’t know how to go about this. I did some basic research and discovered the existence of the National Autistic Society and their pages about Asperger’s. Apparently adults can have trouble being taken seriously by GP’s. After all, we’ve made it this far!
During a lunch break, I took the first step into progressing this venture from something in my own mind to something that I am prepared to talk to other people about. I called the National Autistic Helpline. Here’s what I learnt, most of which I didn’t actually know.
- The Autism Act (2009) makes a legal requirement for local authorities in England to support autistic adults (children are covered under other arrangements, as are the other UK nations). The existence of this act came as a complete surprise to me.
- Local authorities must offer a “clear pathway to assessment”.
- A GP must refer you for a “Formal Diagnostic Assessment”.
What to do at the Initial GP Appointment
It was suggested that I prepare for the doctors appointment in the following way:
- Make a list of the reasons why you think you have Asperger’s.
- Relate these reasons to known symptoms of Asperger’s.
- What difference do you think a diagnosis will make to your life.