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      <b>Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   </b>Depression and other mental health difficulties are common amongst people on the autistic spectrum and their carers.   People who are affected by general mental health difficulties are encouraged to receive and share information, support and advice with other forum members, though it is important to point out that this exchange of information is generally based on personal experience and opinions, and is not a substitute for professional medical help.   <b>There is a list of sources of mental health support here: <a href="http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=18801" target="_blank">Mental Health Resources link</a></b>   People may experience a more serious crisis with their mental health and need urgent medical assistance and advice. However well intentioned, this is not an area of support that the forum can or should be attempting to offer and we would urge members who are feeling at risk of self-harm or suicide to contact either their own GP/health centre, or if out of hours contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or to call emergency services 999.   We want to reassure members that they have our full support in offering and seeking advice and information on general mental health issues. Members asking for information in order to help a person in their care are seeking to empower both themselves and those they represent, and we would naturally welcome any such dialogue on the forum.   <b>However, any posts which are deemed to contain inference of personal intent to self-harm and/or suicide will be removed from the forum and that person will be contacted via the pm system with advice on where to seek appropriate help.</b>   In addition to the post being removed, if a forum member is deemed to indicate an immediate risk to themselves, and are unable to be contacted via the pm system, the moderating team will take steps to ensure that person's safety. This may involve breaking previous confidentiality agreements and/or contacting the emergency services on that person's behalf.   Sometimes posts referring to self-harm do not indicate an immediate risk, but they may contain material which others find inappropriate or distressing. This type of post will also be removed from the public forum at the moderator's/administrator's discretion, considering the forum user base as a whole.   If any member receives a PM indicating an immediate risk and is not in a position (or does not want) to intervene, they should forward the PM to the moderating team, who will deal with the disclosure in accordance with the above guidelines.   We trust all members will appreciate the reasoning behind these guidelines, and our intention to urge any member struggling with suicidal feelings to seek and receive approproiate support from trained and experienced professional resources.   The forum guidelines have been updated to reflect the above.   regards, <b> The mod/admin team</b>
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      Forum Software Upgrade   04/17/2017

      Dear All The Forum Software has just been upgraded to the latest version which is a major release which makes some major changes to the way the forum looks, feels and operates. Please accept my apologies for the lack of notice however it was essential that this upgrade happened immediately due to some major security issues with the previous software. Kind regards   Lufty


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  1. "Severely autistic boy, 4, is on the road to recovery after undergoing WORM THERAPY despite being told he would never lead a normal life ... ": http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4422218/Autistic-boy-4-road-recovery-thanks-WORMS.html "A hot bath 'helps soothe the symptoms of autism and makes children more sociable' ... ": http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2522714/Autism-symptoms-soothed-hot-bath.html
  2. A number of things have fallen in to place since I got my diagnosis. I looked for books on the subject of how this related to the workplace and bought this one: http://www.jkp.com/uk/asperger-s-syndrome-workplace-survival-guide.html It was a real eye opener, prior to reading it I thought that being on the autistic spectrum was mainly about being a loner with poor eye contact and difficulties in social environments etc, but the book pointed to other things as well (relating to the world of work). There is an information file associated with the book which can be downloaded from the Internet, which is useful to show employers to explain certain things. It correlated quite well with certain shortcomings that I have at work (and have had in previous jobs). My boss has been understanding about it and said that he had always suspected that I was autistic. My partner said that she suspected that I was something like that as well. So far the diagnosis has been useful and I haven't encountered a downside yet.
  3. I am a 54 year old male based in Central Scotland (North of the Forth). I was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum last year. Workwise, I am just managing to hold down a part time job at the moment, am worried about job cuts.