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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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    Hi ConcernedMummy The things you write certainly look like many things people experience with a child on the Autistic Spectrum... as I am sure you are aware. Even if your youngest turns out to be on the Spectrum also, like his elder brother... this does not mean that he will have the same traits or tendency towards aggression. The Autistic Spectrum is as diverse as the NT-spectrum in that no two Autistics are alike. I'm Autistic and both my children are also autistic (my daughter is the most severe and even has a one-to-one worker at Special School - a school that rather specialises in Autism). All three of us are very different from each other... especially the two children. DS (5), our youngest has some temper issues and can be aggressive, whereas DD (8) has severe anxiety issues but is seldom physical... she tends to be very passive. So please, try not to fear that your youngest will have the same traits as your eldest, even if, like him, he turns out to be on the Spectrum. We can all be very different from each other
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    Hi Sheuk and welcome to the forum Nocturnal enuresis is certainly not unheard of in Autistic Spectrum Disorders as well as many other groups. I'm not sure how common or not it is within the Autistic Spectrum particularly. Best wishes to your son regarding this. Myself and my two children are all on the Autistic Spectrum.
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