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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. Asperger's/ASD and the Job Centre

    Your welcome, Good luck in your new job
  2. Asperger's/ASD and the Job Centre

    I'm sorry to pick apart your post but I do so with the best of intentions The jobs market is highly competitive so really need to take whatever you can get hold of unless you are prepared to launch your own business. you are going to have to deal with the less appealing aspects of a job, as there really is no viable alternative. I have to deal with people and social situations constantly which makes me highly uncomfortable, but I suck it up and do it because if i want my career to advance I have to. If you need help getting over your fears and anxieties then speak with a therapist, they did wonders for me at difficult times in my life. If you keep being picky about what jobs you want to do the job center will eventually cut you off. You need to treat your unemployment as full time job, you can't rely on the Job Center to find you one. they are the most useless bunch of idiots I have seen and you could get more results on your own. I hope I haven't offended you, but I know what it is like to be told your entire life what you can't do because you have a condition.
  3. I've been driving for a year and just said I have no condition that is likely to affect my driving ability, to be honest I can't see how ASD affects driving. it is a simple manual task with clear cut rules and priorities (for me). I find it easier to work out peoples intentions in a car than in any social situation,
  4. Don't take antidepressants if you can live without them. I am not talking about mild depression, The only cases I deem acceptable are severe (suicidal) depression oir extreme cases of OCD or Anxiety. I have taken anti-depressants for about 5 years now, they were prescribed for a severe case of OCD. I feel pretty well recovered now. however coming of the anti-depressants is much more difficult. withdrawal symptoms are very severe. read this wiki on SSRI withdrawal Syndrome, gives a pretty good idea as to what its like to come of anti-depressants Doctors shouldn't handing them out like candy
  5. Homeopathy and Autism

    where is your supporting evidence then? I have at the very least provided a source for my information, you haven't provided any! The link I provided contains a summary of unbiased studies attempting to find evidence FOR homeopathy, no evidence could be found
  6. Homeopathy and Autism

    I posted this previously please see the link
  7. New guy

    I see my ASD as one of my strengths, I wouldn't want be "cured". I strongly believe that it can be an advantage if focused correctly.
  8. PROS & CONS of social networking

    effectively using social networking is a big job. it take alot of time and dedication to build up the level of content needed to get and keep those visitors. good place to start might be youtube. if you can commit to 1 video a week in 1 year you'll have 52 vids online you could back it up with a bit of twitter and facebook. the best option is to combine the all those mediums to get the most followers.
  9. New guy

    your welcome
  10. Homeopathy and Autism

    Firstly to me and many others it highlights just how fraudulent these medications are. the fact that this mass overdose had no effects just shows that these are nothing but sugar pills. I can confidently say that no A&E resources were used or needed. Secondly you accuse the government of discrediting homeopathy like some kind of crackpot conspiracy theorist. do homeopathic therapists not thrive on sick people, or do they get their income via some other method. several studies have been conducted scientifically which have concluded that homeopathy is no better than a placebo. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Evidence_for_homeopathy in your post you stated That is why scientists prefer to publish their studies in peer reviewed journals so that skeptics can analyse the scientific method used in the study. Pro-Homeopathy studies have been flawed in this one area, the results can-not be reproduced and when reviewed by skeptics the scientific method is either flawed or missing entirely. finally It is all too easy to point a finger at the big faceless corporations and the government. I have seen it too many times now and I know what it means. "There is overwhelming evidence that disproves my argument, So I'll create a conspiracy theory to stop people believing the truth".
  11. Can't get a b*****y job!

    this is affecting everyone at the moment. the problem is if he has been out of work for more than 3 months no-one wants to take a look. It is an incredibly hard out there. the only points I can stress are these. 1. Use the ASD as a weapon (I'm serious). it may mean he has opportunities open to him that the general population wont have 2. Use your contacts, if you know a key contact in any company you need to leverage it 3. really highlight the retail experience and volunteering on the CV 4. He needs to be focused. if he isn't 100% focused on getting a job then all the above points will useless to you. I remember when I decided to have a career in IT, I was working in supermarket at the time. I was told point blank by a recruitment agency that I should stop having stupid dreams and go back to where I belong. I started a domestic IT repair service as no-one would employ me, in just 3 months I was employed at a consultancy making £22K. I did go to where I back to where I belong, in the IT sector!
  12. What do you think of paid employment?

    1. Yes I work full time as Technical Solutions Analyst 2. I especially love the getting paid bit 3. Yes, I work in the a small consultancy which means I get to travel alot and I mainly work alone
  13. Homeopathy and Autism

    Just joined but I am really am quite disturbed to see so much discussion around Homeopathy. I believe very strongly that all homeopathy is fraudulent This post isn't going to make me popular but I feel I do have moral duty to make I am very critical of Homeopathy because of the following reasons; 1. Dilution - homeopathic medicines are diluted to point that too little of the active ingredient is left to be effective. this is evidenced by organised overdoses of homeopathic medicines (None of the participants required any medical attention) http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jan/29/sceptics-homeopathy-mass-overdose-boots 2. Like cures like theory - the theory behind homeopathy is that a disease can be cured by a substance that causes the same symptoms in healthy people. this theory is 200 years old has been widely discredited by mainstream science. 3. Law of minimum dose - this theory states that the more diluted a homeopathic remedy is the more effective it will become. this again is deeply flawed notion and anyone who can understand basic physics knows that the opposite is true I dare say I will some homeopathic "expert" try and pick apart my argument. I am deeply upset to see these fraudsters approaching the families of those with AS/ASD. As you are aware, there is no cure for AS/ASD. the financial cost may be £40 here and there on bogus treatments, and the homeopathic therapist will just shrug it off as incompatible when it inevitably doesn't work.
  14. I do this too. just last week I started talking to myself in bed. My wife looks over says "who are you talking to?" I have had times where I can have my mood affected by my own fantasies running away in my head.
  15. Homeopathy- research

    Sorry to dealing out hate with my first post, but homeopathy is just sheer quackery. I have frequented skeptics forums on this particular subject. see the video below of James Randi overdosing on Homeopathic sleeping pills, strangely enough he comes out with no effects