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Can adults be autistic and not know?

While many autistic people receive their diagnosis during childhood, it’s not uncommon for someone to go undiagnosed until later in their lives. Autism can go undiagnosed as a child, especially if the person is “high functioning” – meaning their symptoms are not as visible or as disruptive, compared to some others struggling with the same condition. In some situations, those with autism may not have had proper medical access when they were younger which can also lead to delayed diagnosis.

For an autistic person who was not diagnosed during childhood, receiving an ASD diagnosis can be extremely helpful and is often a relief for many. With a better understanding of their diagnosis and all it entails; patients can gain access to the services and support they need to improve their overall quality of life.