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.