Autistic spectrum disorders are neurodevelopmental disorders. As the name suggests, the symptoms and severity can vary hugely between those diagnosed with autism.
Some people with autism have very severe learning disabilities and cannot lead independent lives. Many more have autism to a milder degree, able to live independent lives but often finding life a struggle.
Sadly, many with autism reach adulthood without ever being diagnosed (for many the disorder was not well recognised when they were children).
Without diagnosis life can be tough. Individuals with autism often know they are different from others, but are unsure why. People with autism frequently find social interaction and communication difficult and confusing, resulting in difficulties maintaining relationships and holding down jobs.
Unfortunately some people experience stigmatization when seeking a diagnosis for autism in adulthood – some GPs and health care professionals do not understand why it is so important as the person has seemingly led a successful life up until that point. Therefore finding a psychiatrist who really understands the disorder and has experience of diagnosing adults is vital.
Clinical Partners have a team of psychiatrists working nationwide, who are able to diagnose and assess for autistic spectrum disorders. You can read more here about diagnosing autistic spectrum disorders.
Autism affects all aspects of society but we know that approximately five times as many men as women have autism.
Diagnosing autism in women is often poor – it is thought that women are better able to mask some of the social interaction problems often experienced with autism and hence ‘slip under the radar’ at school or later on in life.
Approximately half of all people with ASD will also have a learning disability and other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or OCD. Getting a diagnosis may seem scary, but it can really help people understand their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Clinical Partners offers a comprehensive autism assessment, with psychiatrists who are experienced in diagnosing adults. Our team of qualified clinical advisors can discuss whether an assessment would be useful for you and arrange your appointment in a location convenient to you.
To talk to one of our team please call today on 0203 326 9160.