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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   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.   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>   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.   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.   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,   The mod/admin team


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  1. Xbox and computers

    yep jo, it's the red hot chilli peppers must admit though it's quite catchy My boy stepped in the door from school today and straight to the comp to add to his theme park! he actually wants me to give him the money to build a 'real' one, I always say 'yes son, if I win the lottery' Brook
  2. Xbox and computers

    :o We have the roller coaster obsession as well :o thought we were the only ones He has a roller coaster simulator and has created his own theme park on the comp, he goes trawling through youtube for roller coasters If I hear that song he keeps finding one more time I'm gonna scream... Roller coaster oooh oooh.... Brook
  3. Concerta XL and Tourettes syndrome

    Try googling concerta and tics, a few things come up. Brook
  4. Concerta XL and Tourettes syndrome

    Hi Cariad, don't quote me on this! but I think it's because if kids are generally prone to tics then these meds can increase tics, so obviously if he has tourette's then he has tics, so I suppose it could increase the severity of his tics. I'm sure I've read this somewhere, I'll have a search as well. Brook
  5. Food

    Hi Linda, has he had his thyroid levels checked? probably okay but I have an overactive thyroid and I am constantly hungry, I don't put on weight with eating either. Having said all that my ASD son hasn't got thyroid probs and he is forever in the fridge, we are always saying he should be built like a brick **** house with what he puts away but he is like a rake Brook
  6. MRI scan!!

    Hi Mel, they will probably give him a little sedation in the form of liquid, my son had an MRI and this is what they did for him. Hope the results are good, I'm not even gonna try and say 'don't worry' cos you are a mum and that's what we do.. Brook <'> edited to say: my son went for a visit a few days before and they showed him the machine and explained about the 'drink', also they showed him the headphones he would wear etc.. maybe they do the same at your hospital.
  7. Aspie youth club.

    Sounds Great hope he continues to enjoy it, and nice one for you and hubby to have some chill time. Brook
  8. do any of your children rock?

    My NT son has always done this to get to sleep, he does it very fast from side to side and I sometimes wonder why it doesn't end up giving him a headache. Brook
  9. Recognising tones of voice etc..

    Hi all, I know this is a very old thread, but we still have these same issues, just wondering if anyone else has either found a strategy that works or if anyone else is experiencing similar. Thanks Brook
  10. **Sad news**

    So very shocked and saddened at hearing this very sad news... my thoughts and prayers are with mrs P and the phaslets... <'> >< <'> Brook <'>
  11. Dealing with his anger.

    Hi all, When my son is angry or going into meltdown he immediately starts to punch the back of his head.. , he used to go straight to the door or the floor and start head banging on it, that seems to have faded, but he now does this awful punching.. I immediately jump up and re-direct him, but it is really horrible to see him try to do that. He is not physically violent to anyone at all, in fact if someone annoys him he starts thumping his 'own' head! He doesn't seem to be doing it as much lately, but it does appear when he is very upset, now I know it probably is his way of dealing/expressing his anger, but I really need to find a way for him to express it without doing that, as I said I do re-direct him as soon as he starts doing this, but do you think that I could teach him a more appropriate way of expressing..? I'm just concerned that in the heat of the moment this will be his initial reaction. He definitely is not doing this for a reaction from me or attention, this is his sheer frustration. I have asked him when he is calm if, it hurts when he does it and he says 'no'.. but he doesn't do it full pelt, so maybe he is sort of controlling how hard he does it, but nonetheless I really need to help him out of it. Anyone experience or suggestions please, I really would appreciate them, it goes right through me when he does it and I really want to help him out here. I was thinking of using an anger chart, like the ones that rate where you are on the anger scale, but he goes from zero to a hundred in two seconds flat, so I don't think we would be in time to catch it. Thanks Brook
  12. Motion sickness..?

    Hi all, I'm just wondering if anyone else's child or yourself experiences similar..? My son cannot look up at the ceiling/sky or basically up above him, he says that it makes him feel sick. Also when we go on escalators he has to look down at his feet and grips the handrail tightly cos he says it makes him sick. I must admit I'm a little like that myself when looking at the video games they play with the motion of it, but he doesn't seem to mind these.. don't know why I'm asking really, just curious.. thanks Brook
  13. Just saw this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7231388.stm not that my son is at all athletic, he hates it.. but I know there are others that are. Brook
  14. Parents beating themselves up!

    Just looking at things from a slightly different angle, I think somedays when we are feeling ill, rundown, headache etc.. our kids are not setting out to annoy us because they sense our problem, but more the case of when we are down we are less able to handle it all, ie.. if my son is shouting at the top of his voice, most days it goes right over my head, 'but' if I have say a headache and he is shouting at the top of his voice I cannot obviously stand it..! but he is not doing it because he has picked up on my headache and is trying to make it worse, he is just doing the things he always does and it is 'me' that is the one reacting differently. So whilst I do agree that routine etc.. is vital and the consistency must be kept up, it isn't always possible, I think it's asking the impossible.. Did any of that make sense.. Brook

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEV Have a great day.. Brook