What Does My Diagnosis Mean?

Autism Spectrum Condition is a neuro-developmental condition, which means your brain processes, perceives, thinks and responds to people, information and the world around you slightly differently.  Whilst the associated difficulties are well documented, it also brings with it many strengths – including passionate interests and an eye for detail. Many people go through mixed emotions when receiving a diagnosis of ASD, so do not be surprised if this happens to you also.


You may feel any, all or none of the following:

Relief – at realising there is a reason why you might feel or behave differently to others

Anger – at not having been diagnosed when young and thereby receiving support and understanding

Sadness – at realising this is a life-long condition

Acceptance – this is the end goal, and where understanding of yourself, what works for you and what doesn’t, helps reduce struggle in life.


An autism diagnosis can be hard to come to terms with.  It can be difficult to understand what it means or how it will affect your life.  You may not know a lot about autism which can make the diagnosis seem overwhelming.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.  There is no cure for autism, but there are ways to help you cope, manage and even overcome some difficulties you may experience.  People often describe having autism as part of their identity.  Aspiration (OAADSS post diagnostic service) run a 5 workshop post diagnostic course for newly diagnosed adults to help explain the condition and how it might affect you.  For more information or to book a place contact the Aspiration Facilitators on  Tel: 07824 309000 or email  Aspiration@kingwood.org.uk

Some people find that once they understand the condition, it can help make sense of why they struggle with certain situations or experience difficulties. Having a diagnosis of autism may also help your family, partner, friends, colleagues understand why you experience specific difficulties.  It might also help them to understand how they can help you with your difficulties.


Having a diagnosis of autism may mean you are eligible for help and support. You may be entitled to benefits and/or support services.

What is Autism? by the National Autistic Society

Further reading

For more information on Autism please visit www.autism.org.uk

You may be interested in the following publications:

Autism and Asperger Syndrome Simon Baron-Cohen, Oxford University Press

Autism, A Short Introduction Uta Frith, Oxford University Press

Kingwood has a lending library with a small selection of books which you are welcome to borrow. Please contact us for details.