Many adults are discovering they have autism, often after their child is diagnosed with the condition. This late diagnosis can bring a sense of relief and understanding, providing context for difficulties experienced throughout life. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning symptoms can range from mild to severe. It can be difficult to diagnose in adults as symptoms often overlap with other mental health conditions.

Despite the benefits of diagnosis, there are barriers to access. The process is time-consuming, expensive, and many clinicians lack the necessary training to diagnose adults. There’s also a societal stigma around autism that can deter people from seeking a diagnosis.

In response, several online communities have emerged to support undiagnosed adults. These forums offer self-diagnosis tools and foster a sense of belonging. However, self-diagnosis is controversial. While it can be empowering, it also risks misdiagnosis, which could lead to inappropriate treatment or further misunderstanding.

The lack of resources for adult diagnosis is a significant issue. Many adults with autism are falling through the cracks, struggling without the support they need. There’s a clear demand for more accessible and affordable diagnostic services for adults.

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