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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. What did you make of this test?

    i scored 18 but i guessed a lot of them.
  2. Hallucinations

    sorry i didn't see your reply. i got the leaflet from my local aspergers support group "BAAGS" not sure how i could get a copy to you though. i can try and create a pdf file and email you it or i could scan the pages into laptop and send you them that way ? just pm me and let me know if i can help. sorry again about the delay in replying
  3. Start of ASD Wiki

    9. Never ask someone if they are pregnant. If they're not, you've called them fat! pml ive done that a few times x
  4. Start of ASD Wiki

    that's a great idea ashleyt x well done x
  5. Hallucinations

    i was diagnosed years ago as having psychotic episodes,ive just recently been diagnosed with aspergers and on one of the leaflets i was given, it says that a small percentage of people who have aspergers also have these, but it also says that this usually happens in adolescence, im 40 now and still having them x
  6. i was diagnosed last Friday and i am feeling like you are x im also very concious of my behaviours, is that an expected reaction ? i feel very depressed too and am having a lot of suicidal thoughts x no support whatsoever from family, ( brother and nephew don't believe i have aspergers ) and sister in law doesn't think i need any help. self harming has begun again x
  7. is it a common trait ?

    thanks everyone i appreciate your advice, its been very helpful x
  8. is it a common trait ?

    that is very helpful and thank you x im not looking to be absolved im just looking for an explanation, which you gave so thank you x im not a teenager i am female and 40 next month, my gp suspects i have aspergers, its not a route i would have went down as it never occurred to me as a possibilty, even although there is aspergers in my family x
  9. i may have aspergers and I'm wondering if its a common trait to ( as my sister in law would put it ) want everything your own way ? i don't see it like that, i have a need for things to be a certain way, but because of this I'm jeopardising what little relationships i have left, I'm hurting other people and i cant seem to change how i am x
  10. Diagnosis at 41?

    hi simonjc I'm from the Scottish borders not too far from you, i am currently going for a diagnosis ( at nearly 40 ) so can identify with the age thing x Ive just been for my initial appointment with a psychologist it took about 6 months to get it and it lasted about 45 minutes, the psychologist said that Ive now to got to Edinburgh as thats the closest place to me that can further assess me. hope this helps in some small way x
  11. just got appointment through

    thanks damebeverage for the advice ive to make a few notes to take with me so, ill put a few things down about my concerns x
  12. im bricking it, i dont do well talking to authority figures, i wish i knew what to expect. i got a questionaire to fill out too. worried that they will want to shake hands.
  13. how long ?

    well at least im not alone in waiting x i hope we all get that letter soon x
  14. thank you so much pola x im feeling quite alone with this right now x