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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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    Art, History, Psychotherapy, old films. old buildings ..... favourite author Saki . Radio 4 ....... etc ...... :)
  1. When I finally saw a psychiatrist and it was agreed there was Aspergers going on in some way, I said "It'a always been such a struggle", and he said, "A lot of people say just that". I'm fed up with struggling ..... going against the form of my psycholgy, if it can be put like that - fighting battles on disadvantageous ground. To carry the metaphor on .... I want to fight clever and work with positive aspects; because it seems there are some. I notice I am more dispassionate than a lot of people; I don't get angry when others do .... I laugh at almost everything ..... and I seem to have the 'gentleness' that is mentioned in connection with AS .... very fortunately. What this new view of myself has caused is a release from the background assumption that I'm a dolt and a gormless fool , a social inadequate who can't avoid excruciating faux-pas. Suddenly there is a Damascus Road revelation and a kind of loose blossoming of self-esteem and a heady almost delerium. I'm not an idiot after all! So there is a partial increase in self-confidence. Good! the trouble is it is balanced by the knowledge that AS is 'incurable' and my problem in not realising that what seems a good, clever, interesting thing to say or do is very likely very inappropriate and will lead to massive embarrassment all round - is intractable ...... and that looks like a wall to me. I have shrunk from that social discomfort, and, simultaneously, find I'm mostly ok with my own company ..... yet I'm not. I know I'm missing the best things in life, chiefly love, and that thought is never too far away. I don't really have much idea of potential pleasure as a motive for doing anything mostly because past efforts have led to difficult failure so it is a strange situation. I think the need is to find social 'success' of some kind aa a foothold on Enjoyment ..... perhaps identify what I do enjoy and expand upon that but being careful to keep to sure ground, maybe until I can somehow learn more about appropriateness as a social skill. I'm typing away here because I want to contact other human beings. Possibly this is all inappropriate - I'm not an expert! Still it would be interesting to know if it means anything to others. Jaded I do hope all is well with you and yours ..... you asked where I might be going. I understand the question - don't have a good reply except .... right now, to the pictures to see The Way Back .... might get some inspiration!
  2. Thanks, jaded! One piece at a time ..... that does make sense. How important is it to have an outside viewpoint to put things in context? I'm feeling extremely isolated - no family, no friends near, no anticipation of pleasure .... so very flat, and the Samaritans, kindly, only listen for an hour ....... I like Peanuts too ...
  3. I have been hesitating about venturing here for a while because I have not known where to start or how much would be appropriate to go into. Things seem very complex and interdependant and hard to discuss in isolation. I have a lot of thoughts that I'd like to discuss and I would very much appreciating having dialogues with others ...... with the aim of solving problems and finding practical workable strategies. I'm not hopeless or feeling like a victim but I do feel isolated. I'm fairly annoyed by this Aspergers thing; I'd like to get hold of it and get in control of it. Perhaps that's enough for now ..... (I do like to have a laugh ...)
  4. Just landed...

    Hi.... Talking of music and as you have eclectic tastes here is a favourite of mine - by someone who had plenty of problems of his own ..... Hope you like it a bit Song might not be inappropriate ASwise
  5. Hello and Help!!

    Thanks for those welcomes Tally and Karen ..... I'm feeling a bit uncertain at the moment and possibly more than I'm aware of. I'll read the boards a bit for a while I think
  6. Hello and Help!!

    Hi ...... It seems I have Asperger's to some degree and in crucial areas .... so I have come here to perhaps benefit from other's experiences. Hope that is ok? best wishes to all .....