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How to Obtain a Diagnosis

So, you suspect that you are autistic, or that your child or someone you know is, and you are wondering about getting the autism diagnosed. This page explains the benefits of a formal diagnosis, and how to obtain one.


People usually seek an official diagnosis for one of two main reasons. A diagnosis may help you to understand yourself and your difficulties - or the person you are caring for, and their difficulties - better. A diagnosis can open access to specialist support and services.


To obtain a diagnosis through the NHS, you need to make an appointment with your GP and seek a referral to a specialist diagnostic service.


You may alternatively want to pursue a diagnosis privately, by referring your case to a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist.