Being diagnosed with autism can bring up many different emotions. Some may feel anxious about what the future may hold – others may feel relieved that they finally have a name for their difficulties. It can be a stressful time. There is no limit to the range of emotions people can experience. There is no right or wrong way to feel- we are all unique!

Autism can also affect the family and friends of those diagnosed. This can have many challenges in itself. Who should I tell? How will people react? It can, therefore, be important to look at autism as ‘the bigger picture’- the person as a whole.

The Leeds Autism AIM website have some great advice for newly diagnosed adults here:

Visit our Signposting page to be directed to the most appropriate service whether you need support with housing, accessing a support service, employment, mental health and more.