A year ago I went to see my gp, to ask for a referral for autism. The response was to say the least dismissive.
I was told that I don’t look autistic and I’m able to hold down a job. You can probably guess that I wasn’t very happy. He said think on it and get back in a month if you still want to continue. I was also told that I may not be assessed due to cost.
I didn’t change my mind and I requested a referral in December. It then took three weeks for a screening appointment.
This is where things got worse, I was told that I would be passed to the next stage within weeks.
Three months later after complaining and ending up in a mental health crisis I got the forms for the next part of the process.
After a few weeks I was officially put on the waiting list, this was six months ago. I still have another six months to wait, so in total I will have waited eighteen months.
This has severely affected my overall health both physically and mentally.
Without the support of some awesome people, I probably would have given up.