I am looking for some advice on how to start getting assessed for ASD. I'm 37 and over the past few years have become sure that I am on the spectrum. Although I realise that online tests are not conclusive, I always score in the 'autism likely' ranges.
I am just not sure if my GP will believe me or want to refer me. If they do not, is there anything else I can do?
Push with your GP. Mention about scoring in the 'likely' range on the test, and tell him/her why you've come to believe that you are on the spectrum. You may get referred initially to mental health services. If you are, you could try that route - but don't be surprised if it isn't helpful. I didn't find it so. In the end, I was seeing a therapist, who recommended to my GP that I get referred directly to specialist autism services in the NHS. That's the best way to go, really - so make a good case for a referral that way with your GP. If they try to put you off with something like 'At your age, would there be any benefit to a diagnosis?' - the answer is 'Yes'. I was 56 when I got mine. Many of us were late-diagnosed in 40s, 50s and 60s. For me, it's been an overwhelmingly positive thing, helping to explain my life at last.
As for the process - it will differ from region to region. From referral to final diagnosis for me took just over 2 years.
You might find it useful to check out this information:
Autism Diagnosis for Adults
What Tom said. Your area should have an autism 'pathway', often to a dedicated diagnosis and assessment service. I'd hope it's less than 2 years nowadays, but it was about 18 months for me (diagnosed in late 40s).
huskypup said:I am just not sure if my GP will believe me or want to refer me.
Take a look at my 'Autism and GPs' thread:http://community.autism.org.uk/f/health-and-wellbeing/11791/autism-and-gps/63210
A lot of information is available from the Royal College of General Practitioners.