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

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  1. Hello to everyone, and thanks for having me!

    Hello and welcome Really pleased your better half managed to persuade you to join the forum. I hope you feel supported and respected on here. My autism was missed as a child as well. I have learnt a few coping strategies to try and compensate for my executive functioning difficulties. I have also struggled with the mental health services. Is there an autism service for adults or a branch of your local autism society who could help guide you more specifically? My last suicide attempt was 15 years ago on the 18th January. Do you have an idea about what kind of work you would like to do? Is volunteering a possibility for you.
  2. Hi from forty something Aspie!

    Hello and welcome to the forum. A lot of what you have said sounds familiar to me as well. The getting in a flap and worrying about your mother is something I tend to do as well. The citizens advice bureau have some online guides for carers alongside holding meetings with people in your local area. Also 'age uk' (formerly age concern) produce excellent guides for specific disabilities and claiming various benefits like attendance allowance (money paid to elderly people to pay someone to care for you. I hope you feel listened and heard on this forum.
  3. If this is the same forum you've had problems on before that you're talking about why are you on there?
  4. An expression I find appropriate here is "strength in numbers" meaning the more of us that work together to reclaim the term aspie the better. The term aspie is actually one used by people who consider themselves to be working with their aspergers syndrome instead of against it. So the person in question used "aspie" totally out of context. Hopefully the world will become more accepting in the future where you telk someone you are autistic and they're understanding and supportive towards you. Does this make sense?
  5. Could this be Aspergers?

    Welcome to the asd forum I was diagnosed in my late teens with aspergers although I identify with the classical side of autism. I still struggle to find my way in the world more than 20 years later but that's probably due to my other disabilities causing an impact on my autism. Well done for making it to university. Is there an autism social group in you're area? Is there a support group for adults affected by autism in your area? Do you have a mentor and claim disabled students allowance? I've found a few friends in the societies I've joined like trading card games, Spanish speaking, mental health campaign. The students union disabilities officer is normally your first port of call. I've found some of the more mature students are likely to be able to listen to me when I struggle. My university has something called peer assisted learning. Hope we can help you to feel less lonely at university. I've been to three universities in my time. I won the disability studies prize this year for students who have overcome obstacles to learning. This was after changing course three times and reducing to part time. Students on the autism spectrum are common at university. The disabilities department could introduce you to other students who wish to meet others affected by autism. My advice keep asking for help both inside and outside of university. If you wish to talk further feel free to send me a private message.
  6. Killed By A Train Because of AS

    It's a really eerie feeling when you discover a relatives death could have been prevented due to a disability you have. My gran died of dementia but I think it would have been harder for her if she had her mobility. We both identify as elhers danlos and grans hip operation going wrong resulted in her physically weakened state. I heard of a lad who used to pace when he was nervous. There was a traffic jam and he got out of the car walked onto the motorway and was instantly killed. He was aspergers.
  7. At the back of the "adults guide to self advocacy for adults on the autism spectrum" booklet free to download from nas website theres a section written by Sue Mulcahy I think on being interviewed by the police. Steve Gerrard was my favourite player and as you're studying in Glasgow I'm guessing you're supporting a local team.
  8. attention research students before you post.....

    Please seek permission before you post a research topic by private messaging me first. Names of supervisor and ethical approval where relevant also need to be included.
  9. Just saying hi

    Hi and welcome
  10. Hi and welcome. I got my autism degree in 2010 by doing a case study on myself. I couldn't find anyone else to do the research about.
  11. Is this linked to Aspergers

    Hello Jess Welcome to the site, I am one of the moderators on here. http://www.eric.org.uk/Parents/info_bedwetting_wetting_parents...... That's a section from the national charity supporting families of people who bed-wet and soil the bed. Some of their strategies may not work for kids affected by Aspergers though. The bedwetting could be anxiety (8 is the age in which Asperger kids realise they are different from other children) or it could be that she has poor introspection (internal sensory awareness)..... some websites include http://hplusmagazine.com/2010/10/04/autism-introspective-brain-why-we-treat-some-people-differently-others/ http://www.medicaldaily.com/people-autism-withdraw-others-because-autistic-brain-generates-42-more-information-while-rest-268405 Sensory issues and autism/aspergers are common in our population. The inability to cope with change is due to extremely poor short term memory. If we can control our anxiety and process the change at our own pace we are more likely to accept that change. Hope this makes sense?
  12. Validated

    Welcome I was in the create centre earlier today. If you saw someone in a smart suit in a wheelchair with a pudsey bear that was me.
  13. Hello!

    Welcome Psychogenic seizures are normally caused by a traumatic event in ones past and it's the brains way of not coping. My bodies way of not coping with my trauma was to develop complex ptsd.
  14. Problems at school with ASD child

    Welcome to the asd forum I was diagnosed when I was 16 before then I was just a naughty kid and the laughing stock of the class. I think he doesn't understand the task which is why he does things his way. I was the same at school still am with university. Can he go in a different class for this particular subject that he's struggling with? Some kids wound me up in class so I pretended to have a crush on the teacher so I got moved class. The Scottish autism alliance might be able to advise further. I'm in bristol despite being half kircaldian.
  15. Cant cope he needs to move out help

    If it helped then see if you can ask for their help again as a carer with needs.
  16. Refuseing Treatment Help

    There is nothing to stop you from contacting or attending carers groups. You can also request a social services assessment as a carer for your son.
  17. PIP eye sight deterioration

    Above is a copy from the pip form specimen I found online.
  18. PIP eye sight deterioration

    The form should make that clear. I think you have to put a reason why he can't sign for himself. 4 of 20 This area for automatic personalisation for customers name and post code. Signing the form for someone else You can fill in the form for someone else, but they must still sign themselves unless: l youve already been legally appointed to receive and deal with their benefits. That is, you are a benefit appointee, a deputy or hold a Power of Attorney, or l the person youre claiming for is too ill or disabled to claim for themselves and you want to be appointed to receive and deal with their benefits, or l youre claiming for them under the special rules for terminally ill people. Why are you signing the form for them? Please select one of the following. I am an appointee, appointed by the Department for Work and Pensions I hold Power of Attorney I am a Deputy I am a Tutor (under Scottish law) I am a Guardian (under Scottish law) I am a Curator bonis or Judicial factor (under Scottish law) I am a Corporate Acting Body or Corporate Appointee For example, an organisation appointed to act on behalf of the person the benefit is for such as a local authority or firm of solicitors. Please tell us the name of your organisation: Unless weve already seen this authority, well need to see it before we can process this claim. Please send us your power of attorney or any relevant documents with this claim. You can send the original document, or a certified copy. I am claiming for them under the special rules for terminally ill people The special rules for terminally ill people are for people with a progressive disease who are not expected to live for longer than six months. You may wish to tell the person the benefit is for, about this claim. This is because we will send letters about Personal Independence Payment to this person. I want to be appointed to act on their behalf Tick this box if l the person youre claiming for is too ill or disabled to claim for themselves and you want to be appointed to handle their benefit affairs, or l youre in the process of becoming a legally appointed representative. Well contact you about this. Are you signing the form for someone else? Yes No Go to page 6. Continue below. Specimen only not for use
  19. It's dead, Jim!

    None of those links I gave have anything to do with Social Services. http://www.edinburghtherapy.co.uk/counselling help for Asperger adults. There could be other organisations as well do an online search.
  20. PIP eye sight deterioration

    http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/benefits-hospital "if you claim PIP whilst in hospital it cannot be paid until after you leave hospital....... this rule does not apply if you you were under 18 when you entered"
  21. Cant cope he needs to move out help

    There's a number of different angles you could try to get help. My family got help for me in the end because my Gran applied for help as my carer. I've just done an online search and found bipolar uk support groups unfortunately none in Huddesfield itself, nearest would be West Leeds. https://www.bipolaruk.org/find-a-support-group Helpline for those affected by bipolar. https://www.bipolaruk.org/support-line Story about a son who spends all day watching you tube videos (I appreciate this is about a child but the same principles apply). https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/may/08/son-autistic-wont-do-anything-but-watch-youtube Organisation that helps carers in your area. http://www.carerstrustmidyorkshire.org.uk/carerstrust-services/ Hope these links help.
  22. Refuseing Treatment Help

    Hi Paula He's retreating into his routines to try and help himself feel safe. He seems to be severely depressed could he have Bipolar as well? I cannot remember if you are the member that mentioned your son found plates hurt his hands? I am in constant severe pain due to my EDS/HMS and fibromyalgia but I cannot express this in ways people will understand or in some cases accept. Folk on the autism express pain in unconventional ways and that can include the types of behaviours your son is experiencing. https://spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/unseen-agony-dismantling-autisms-house-of-pain/ A great book by John Clemants that you might be able to get from your local library is called; "people with autism behaving badly moving on from social and behavioural challenges". The link below is to a search of books by John Clemants. http://tinyurl.com/zkhnqqp
  23. It's dead, Jim!

    http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/local_services/edinburgh That's Shelters services for housing in Edinburgh. There's also ELAS who can help with self advocacy; http://edspace.org.uk/service/edinburgh-lothian-asperger-society-elas/
  24. It's dead, Jim!

    Unfortunately the situation has gotten this bad. http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/might be able to give you more specific advice regarding your housing. http://www.housingoptionsscotland.org.uk/is a website aimed at disabled people trying to find somewhere to live.