A large number of adults have grown up without receiving a diagnosis. Since there is no public route, they may be forced to go private, which may be too expensive for them to access.
Without a full understanding of themselves, they will likely have grown up with a lot of anxiety due to sensory overload or the stress of ‘masking.’ Some may even have spent time in to psychiatric units when autistic burnout is mistaken for a nervous breakdown!
Even if they were diagnosed as children, autistic adults can face other challenges. Have a look at the ways we have found to help Autistic Adults.