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Is age 24 too late to be diagnosed with autism?

Author : Doc

Submitted : 2018-02-26 07:13:34    Popularity:     

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No, it's not too late to be diagnosed as Autistic.

I was diagnosed at 28, and there are many who weren't diagnosed until much later in life - this is fairly common because of increased awareness of autism, changes to diagnostic criteria, and increased access to diagnosis.

If you're in the UK it's a legal requirement that you have access to diagnosis via NHS, although it's a long wait due to demand and paperwork, you also have to go via mental health to rule out other possible diagnosis such as social anxiety. There's no standard for assessment but generally you'll have a team of assessors who talk to you about the issues you face, childhood, etc. and may want to talk to your parents about how you were as a child.

I can't speak for elsewhere in the world, but from what I've heard it can be more difficult to seek assessment for an autism diagnosis, you would start by talking to your doctor or a therapist about seeking assessment then they will guide you from there. Some people in the US chose to go private and pay out of pocket because it may be something not covered by insurance and it can help them keep the diagnosis private to prevent discrimination.

No - but it takes a highly skilled and experienced psychiatrist to make that diagnosis in an adult.

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