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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. Artificial Colourings and Preservatives

    Thank you for your replies. I do understand the whole gluten diet as my mum is a coeliac. My son has suffered with bowel trouble since birth and has been on movicol since he was 18 months. He is now nearly 6 and i am wondering weather his bowel trouble is to do with his diet. When i speak to the professionals about this i just get told to keep giving him the movicol and he will grow out of it. I will get in touch with the people in Sunderland and see about a urine test,even if it is just to ease my mind. Hypo's as i call them. When he is running around the house being as naughty as he can be, tantruming and generally just isn't in his normal mind and cannot do a thing with him until he has come out of it. My husband seems to believe it is to do with his sugar levels. There is no diabetes in our family other than my mum's brother who got it much later in life.
  2. Hi, Was reading a column the other day saying that if you cut out artificial colourings and preservatives from your child's diet it dramatically reduces behavioural problems. Also in a different column people have put there children on dairy and gluten free diets to help with all sorts of problems. Anything from bowel trouble, digestion to help with sleeping. Are these statements true? I have a 5 year old son with ASD. He goes into hypo's a lot. So was wondering if these diet changes would help. Looking forward to your views.
  3. School

    Hi, I have not been on here for a while, but i am not sure what to do. So i though i would ask you. My son has ASD and is in main stream school. He is 5, so only in Reception class. The hospital wrote to the school about his condition and said that he needs extra social skills development. This was September 2010 when he first started. He hasn't met the Senco person at the school yet or had any extra help. I have just been to the hospital again for his 6 month check and the doctor was quite annoyed that my son had not been to see the Senco person. I do know that the Senco person is also a full time teacher. My son has not got an IEP either. When talking to his teacher today she says that she doesn't feel he needs any extra help. Obviously the doctor does. What should i do? Who should i believe? Also to add to this, the speech therapist has sent in the report from his last lot of sessions to the school and his teacher has not got them. She thinks they may have been passed on to the Senco person. So he is not getting his speaking skills help either. Should i move him to a different school or should i go in and have a go? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  4. Finally Diagnosed

    Hi again, My son has been diagnosed today with ASD. Although we kinda knew already it is still a bit upsetting being told. At least we know and can move onwards and upwards. It was very quick from first being informed at pre school til today was less than 2 months. He no longer has to have a gluten and dairy free diet as no allergies were found. Have got to have more bloods taken and go back in 4 weeks.
  5. Trying new foods ...

    Thanks everyone i shall give your advice some thought and act upon it.
  6. Trying new foods ...

    Hi I am waiting for my 4 yr old son to be evaulated. He has had a bowel problem since birth. We finally went to see a consultant up in London last week about this problem. He suggested that we try him on a dairy free and wheat/gluten free diet. I am fine with the gluten free bit as my mum is a coeliac, but am struggling a bit with the dairy. He does not seem to like the soya milk. We even brought him the soya milkshakes but he won't drink those either. Can anyone suggest anything? We don't know if he has an allergy to these things and won't know until his bloods come back to the consultant. So, in 3/4 months this could all have been a waste of time. But we have to try. Many thanks
  7. Advice needed.

    Hi I have taken my son to the doctors with the list the nursery gave me and my own list of queries and she has refered him to be evalvated. Watch this space.
  8. Advice needed.

  9. Advice needed.

    Thank you so much Zen. I do have the pre schools concerns in writing, so i will take that to the doctors with me. He has got the doctors on Monday, so will then post what she says.
  10. Advice needed.

    Hi, I have just joined this site and would like some advice. My son is 41/2 years old and his pre school have just informed me that they think he is a very high achiever on the autistic spectrum. These are the following traits that he is showing: 1) He can name all the Thomas the tank engine characters. (Special interest). 2) Remembers large chunks of song/rhymes. 3) Very attached to certain children and adults. 4) Blunt when telling children he is not their friend. 5) Unconcerned to be seen singing/dancing. (Unaware of social rules) 6) Standing on tiptoe when walking. 7) Does not like change/different environment. (transitions) 8) Medical problems hearing, speech, toileting. 9) Refusal to take his coat off if something has upset him before we get to pre school. 10) Not worried about some adults telling him off. (consequences of his actions). 11) Not making eye contact with these adults. I tryed to keep it as the pre school wrote it for me. Now as a mother i could go through and give you reasons as to why he does some things and put the other things down as that is just the way he is. The news came of a complete shock and i am finding it hard to make the right next step. The pre school have advised me to take him and get him referred but i don't want to waste anybodies time. Please help and thank you reading this.