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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. Cats or Dogs?

    I'm the same as Lilbec - like dogs but prefer cats.
  2. My 3 yr old recently dianosed

    From posts on this and other sites it would appear that diagnosis varies wildly between different parts of the country. It also seems to depend on age and how much financial or other support woiuld be involved if a positive diagnosis were to be given.
  3. What do you think of paid employment?

    1. Retired. 2. Wouldn't have considered any other - how else would I have survived? 3. I never did.
  4. CBT and Asperger's ?

  5. CBT and Asperger's ?

    Unfortunately in my area of London the waiting time for ANY therapy/treatment tends to dominate one's thoughts and actions.
  6. CBT and Asperger's ?

    Therapists have to go through a very rigorous training experience and they have to be constantly examining themselves and their practice, being aware of themselves, their emotions, their thoughts, prejudices and the issues that their clients bring. When they are faced with an AS client it's like they're trying to relate to a different species which is almost impossible. Lupuscandenti, do you have the same problems when faced with an NT client?
  7. CBT and Asperger's ?

    I've recently found myself in a similar situation. My GP arranged for me to "see someone" about my anxiety and depression, which has recently worsened as a result of mobility problems. During the first session I realised that what I was being offered was CBT. During the second session I said that I felt I needed someone who was familiar with AS and that continuing would not be productive. I think to a certain extent the therapist was relieved and she is arranging for me to see someone else in a different facility. Like you, I felt it was maybe unwise to stop the therapy since it means going on another waiting list but I reasoned that any time and effort invested in therapy that's non-productive is a waste of both the patient's and the therapist's time - and the Health Service money. So I think you've done exactly the right thing and I hope everything goes well for you.
  8. CBT and Asperger's ?

    Some years ago I had CBT in connexion with my difficulties in social situations and being away from home I didn't find that it had any long-term effect. I can see it working in situations like Willow-Tree's problems with bullying at school, since that's something specific and you don't have to be on the spectrum to suffer from anxiety/depression because of bullying. I wonder, though, whether in the case of people with autism/AS the problems are so intrinsic to the condition that CBT won't be effective - unless the therapist concentrates on helping the patient to find ways of living with the basic problem rather than attempting to eradicate it.
  9. Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator.

    Ambitious and hard-working? Mmm - it depends. However, I do always feel a need for closure and, as you say, that helps me to complete tasks and goals to a high standard.
  10. Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator.

    INTJ Introvert 78%; Intuitive 25%; Intuitive Thinking 75%; Judging 67%.
  11. Apart from this one I belong to Wrong Planet, Aspies Central and the NAS forum. WP and Aspies Central are my favourites. I also visit the IMDb boards regularly and some 'special interest' ones.
  12. You have to laugh or you'd cry

    I can understand how disheartening it is, Lyndalou, but try not to let it get to you. After I received a diagnosis I was happy to tell a few close friends and relatives thinking that this would explain certain 'oddities' in my behaviour over the years but (with just one exception) I found I wasn't believed. The reply to any examples of AS I gave was "Well, I'm a bit like that" and "I'm sure most people feel the same way." The fact is that most people who have no personal experience of autism - either in themselves or in family/friends - believe it's just the latest fad; people wear Asperger's Syndrome in the same way they would acquire the latest fashion accessory as well as using it as an excuse for criminal/anti-social behaviour. The problem with children is that the discovery of childhood autism unfortunately coincided with the growth of a 'child-centred philopsophy' with regard to their upbringing so that NT children are often permitted to behave in a way very similar to those who are genuinely on the spectrum, with the result that among the general public there is a large amount of sceptism about the condition itself. I don't think trying to explain what it's like being on the spectrum works any more successfully than trying to describe the aura that accompanies some severe migraines to people who've never suffered the effects. I know that sounds negative but that's the way I've come to see it.
  13. Admins, get talking.

    I'll cast my vote for ASW as Mod, since I believe he would do a very good job. Go for it ASW!
  14. A Christmas hello

    Hi Jackliejacob, good to meet you.