AM I AUTISTIC? A Guide to Autism & Asperger's Self-Diagnosis for Adults Print Edition Announced

AM I AUTISTIC? Is a new style of self-help book for the US & UK market which takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to autism self-diagnosis and also looks at the wider cultural issues that affect autistic people. Originally launched in April 2015 as a digital-only title, the AM I AUTISTIC? print edition is now moving to a full release and will be available from December 1st 2015.

Am I Autistic? A Guide to Autism & Asperger's Self-Diagnosis for Adults

"So much is written about autism by people who are not autistic, I thought it would be useful to write a self-help book for adults who think they might be autistic and would like to learn more about autism and the road to self-diagnosis and/or the formal diagnosis process from the view of an autistic person." Lydia Andal, Author

As well as assisting those who are wondering if they sit on the autistic spectrum, this guide is also useful for those who are already clinically diagnosed as they can find out more about the origins of the clinical view of autism and the potential challenges faced by those who declare their autistic status to friends and colleagues in their social or work environment.

I wanted to write a new style of self-help book that takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to identifying whether or not they may sit on the autistic spectrum, as well as looking at the wider issues that contribute to the conventional view of autism and how this can impact the self-esteem of the autistic person.

Lydia Andal, Author of "AM I AUTISTIC? A Guide to Autism & Asperger's Self-Diagnosis for Adults"

The Challenges of the Professional Autistic

The guide explores the Author's experience of being autistic in a corporate environment and examines the many 'Invisible Autistics' who are undiagnosed or 'in the closet' in the workplace and the difficulties they can face.

Temple Grandin, the renowned autistic agricultural scientist and author who had a HBO film made of her life story says of AM I AUTISTIC?:

"Love the first chapter in Andal’s book which describes all the undiagnosed autistic people who have good employment. You need to read the first chapter to see how people on the spectrum are contributing greatly to society.”

Autistic Person or a Person 'with' Autism?

This guide also looks at some of the cultural debates held within the autism community including why some autistic people prefer not to be called a person 'with' autism and why others don't mind.

Self-Diagnosis or Clinical Diagnosis?

Some people are content with identifying as autistic without going through the clinical diagnosis process, others appreciate a view from a medical practitioner. This guide addresses both and includes an in-depth look at the steps in the US & UK clinical diagnosis process as well as the self-diagnosis route.

About the Book

The Digital Edition is available now from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and other digital retailers with an RRP of $9.99 / £6.50. The Print Edition is available from 1st December 2015 with an RRP of $16.99 / £9.99 and is available for Preorder now from

Watch the Video

You can watch the animated 60 second explainer video online via the AM I AUTISTIC? site.

About the Author

Lydia Andal is an autistic British Journalist/Author and Advocate who works to promote a more balanced view of autism.


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