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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. Evening Primrose Oil

    I have read that organic Flax oil is a one of the finest sources of essential fatty acids.
  2. Interesting Magnesium article

    Yes, I missed this too! Thanks Call me Jaded and Frangipangi - is very interesting
  3. Sons temperament improving

    My son does not have epilepsy but got very hyper with evening primrose which is not an unknown reaction with autism apparently- the eskimo oil does not contain and neither does the nodric naturals chewable soft gels
  4. Sons temperament improving

    Did you try removing soya too. My sons was just as intolerant to soya as milk when I had him tested, and apparently it is quite common. I have found that I had to take loads of stuff out of my sons diet before I saw a really big difference, as often other things become more apparent when you clear some of the major things out...is like opening a can of worms
  5. Sons temperament improving

    Have you tried eskimo oils - they taste like bubblegum..and dinochews multivits, they are shaped like dinosaurs that they can be eaten like a sweet. I put my sons eskimo oil into a little bowl of jam and say it is jelly - and I use a multivit that I break into his juice (he cant have the flavourings in the dinochew mutivit)
  6. GF diet

    Hi Karen, It can take a really long time to get it all out of their systems. I think it is supposed to be over 3 months at least for gluten. My sons main aggressiveness and anger seemed to last for a week - but that was the extreme end (he nearly bit my nose off on day three!!) and then I would say it was about 8 weeks for him to even out a bit. They are lots of other things that rear their ugly heads when you start the diet - like the msg, and phenols and salicylates etc, so you may find he is still in detox on and off when he gets these some days and not the next unbeknownst to you !! Also there are the hidden glutens and caseins that he may be getting now and again too....But dont be disheartened - it gets easier to judge and as you have found out with the sausages - you begin to find out as you go along. Good luck
  7. After swimming the teacher said .......

    That would upset me too!!. She clearly has no understanding of your sons needs and probably even thought that she would pull him up short with her comments. I would try to rise above it if I were you, but if it helps you could prepare yourself for a quick retort next time something like as " I am exremely proud of my son, even on difficult days. He has to work twice as hard as everyone else just to concentrate remember". But we do not owe anyone an explanation, but sometimes it is nice to feel as if at least you said something.
  8. Sobbing uncontrollably for no obvious reason

    I am mum to an autistic boy who is 3 and 3/4s...and at the risk of sounding like a weirdo (my husband says I am weird )-I often am moved to tears (and I mean proper crying) by things such as music and views etc. Sometimes when I am really happy and laughing I end up sobbing....I have always put this down to my emotions being so closely linked, and perhaps getting mixed up. I can sit and look at a beautiful view and feel overwhemled with sadness by its beauty. The only time this has gone away was when after a very close friends traumatic death I was prescribed prozac for a few months....but I decided I wanted to feel the way I was supposed to and came off itI am not autistic (I think!!??) I just thought giving you my perspective on this may help!
  9. how do i stop him hitting me....

    We are currently doing an aba program with our son - we have been told to ignore this sort of behaviour completely. You have to give no eye contact and no response at all when he does it.- but you have to be consistant. In my sons case he likes the reaction he gets when hitting etc. Of course your situation may be different to ours - but if you think it is a way of attention in anyway the extinction method could work for you. If he hits you very hard on the head perhaps a hard hat may needed to carry this out though!!!!!!!!! Goodluck!!
  10. Eva

    No - cant say I have!! But my sons nutrionalist said that bananas are full of a something very similar to caffeine - and with the high natural sugar and carb content can be extremely bad for some kids before bed !!
  11. Food Intolerance

    This website is very informative. If you look under the factsheets you will find heaps of info- including hidden msgs, how labelling can be deceptive - such as Hydrolysed vegetable protein http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info/ Good luck!
  12. Digestive enzymes

    This is a great site for enzyme info. I have heard loads of great things about them and am trying them now. http://www.enzymestuff.com/conditionpdd.htm Good luck
  13. Unusual speech pattern.

    Hi, My sons speech therapist reckons he has semantic pragmatic speech disorder. He associates word sounds together such as he says Christmas for Crisps, and Thomas for tops. He has an aunty called Hayley- and he calls his toy helicopter an Aunty-Hayley-Copter, apparently that is classic semantic pragmatic. She is an excellent therapist and is coming tomorrow so I will ask her if what your describing would come under difficulties with phonology if you like???
  14. Pointing as a baby

    My son started off pointing, waving, clapping and dancing ok then lost it at about 2 1/2. With waving for example, he used to seem to try when asked ("Wave goodbye to Grandma" etc,) but actually not be able to do it which was very odd. For some reason he has started to re-learn these things and I have actually seen him practising them on his own in the mirror (He is 3 1/2 now). and now he waves at everyone and says goodbye and hello. He points at things too, but he sometimes says point when he does it...so maybe this is because I have drummed it into him!! we have done a lot of hand over hand pointing and stuff with him. His is clapping again now too but it is different - less spontaneous and more concentration involved. Not sure if it these things comes naturally to him now though or if he has decided it is expected of him.
  15. GF/CF ingredients

    Good luck!!!!!!! I am sure you will see some good results! It is sooooo daunting at first, but you will soon have yourself a big old list of things that your child likes and that are easy and quick to make/or get hold of. The Doves flour is great - and the fairy cakes recipe on the packet are quite delicious! I also used the autism medical website, and read both AiA books as well as using the ANDI website. Dont forget to look out for the hidden MSG because this makes a big difference too I think. My son improved loads, but even more when we realised he was reacting to soya too (which has since been confirmed via allergy testing), and that is in loads of GFCF shop bought products. All the best xxx