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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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    Learning languages, indulging my short-lived obsessions and playing with my pets.
  1. Hello all forum-goers. I've been with my partner for 7 months now, and due to both being students in terrible financial circumstances, we have been living together for four of those months. The stress has been getting to me, and i have realised that i suppress a lot of behaviours that i would normally do when stressed and alone (sensory stimulation). However, this can't go on and i NEED to do these things otherwise i feel like i am going to explode. I twitch very violently and 'tic' verbally as normal (which i didn't realise i did until i came to university and it was mentioned by everyone upon first meeting them....i guess that my friends at school knew me for so long they just didn't mention it) but i am worried. I don't want my partner to be scared of these behaviours that i have been covering up, which will inevitably start showing seeing as we spend 99% of our time together. When i say covering up, i mean leaving the room to do them or leaving the flat altogether. How can i go about it without driving someone away? I need to spend a lot of time by myself and can't. If i can't spend time alone, i am extremely stressed. I don't know what to do, and any advice would be appreciated.
  2. Lack of Emotions

    Maurice, i understand what you have described. My friends often mention that i am very 'cold' when describing something emotional. I don't really understand what is it to feel emotional. I understand happy, sad, angry, but thats about it! Also, i find it difficult to tell when i have offended someone(often). A friend who read my diary once commented on the fact that i only write about what has happened, not how i feel about what has happened.
  3. New Year Meet up 2011

    I don't know, but i'd like to come! If newbies are allowed.
  4. Hello :)

    I have always wanted to learn German, but the quality of the foreign language lessons at my school was very poor, and i wanted to take History instead. It's never too late though!
  5. Using phones

    I despise using the phone to call anyone or receive calls. Family and friends included. I would much rather text or email rather than have to work out a conversation which is often stilted on my end. I haven't really worked out this problem yet, and without a diagnosis, my parents just say i am lazy. Whenever it rings, no matter who it is, i feel very sick with dread about having to pick it up. Often i will deliberately miss calls so i can text back instead.
  6. New and undiagnosed

    Guzzi, I feel the same as you about a lot of the things you have mentioned. I'm immediately 100% angry if someone uses or touches a new thing that i have bought first. Or if someone touches my computer screen to point at something, i feel like screaming. I don't understand a lot of social nuances either, i never assume anything (things have to be said explicitly)and i don't know what is appropriate to tell people, which can sometimes make my partner very angry with me! These things don't make you stupid. Don't let anyone tell you so. Have you talked to your GP or local ASD charity about this? My GP tried to tell me off with 'OCD', so i went to the ASD charity here and i am awaiting on an appointment with their staff. All the best, Kat
  7. Hello :)

    At the moment i'm learning British Sign Language and German. I've only just started the German however, and am still on the 'the boy is eating some rice' stage.
  8. Hello :)

    Hello everyone! Just found this website and i hope i will find some understanding and make some new friends here. I'm Fried_frog, and i am waiting on an adult ASD diagnosis through a local charity. I've just started the process and am aware of how long this may take. Anyway, just posting to say hello!