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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. Driving Tests

    Hi, It's been a while since I first posted on this website. Fast-forward a year, and I'm about to start a part-time teaching job in my current workplace, and I've failed my driving test 3 times. I was diagnosed with ASD at the end of last year, and am no looking to take my test again (fourth time lucky?) When I applied for my Provisional licence 2 years ago, I wasn't aware that I may have ASD. Nor was I really aware until recently. As such, my Provisional has no information about disabilities etc. On the DVLA Test booking site, it requires that medical conditions are disclosed. How does that work when the diagnosis is only made after the Provisional Licence has been granted? Do I need to change anything? Do I need to submit the DVLA M1 form before I apply for another test? I'm so confused. Any advice will be greatfully received! Thanks M
  2. I'm not a teacher, but I am a teaching assistant attached to the SEN department in my school. Our Senco has AS, and it is thought that I do too. Doctor certainly seems to think so, but I cannot really afford to get a private diagnosis as there isn't funding for over 18s around here. I struggle with social aspects of the job- communicating with staff. I have no trouble working with the students though, and I seem to be good at my job. I also find it very difficult when there are last minute changes of plan. People seem to think that I'm a bit kooky, but that it doesn't affect my work.
  3. Social Skills

    Whilst I lack an official diagnosis, I have always got into trouble for being too honest. I'm forever saying inappropriate things about myself and other people. Luckily my family half expect it Outsiders just think I'm aloof and sarcastic.
  4. Adult Aspergers assessment

    I had an appointment yesterday with my GP, who told me that there is little to no funding for AS assessment in our PCT, and that unless I were to go private, I would be undiagnosed, although he is fairly confident (as are my family) that I have AS. How much would a private diagnosis set me back? The fact that the doctor suggested, unprompted, that AS might be behind my difficulties has helped a great deal, because finally someone externally has voiced the opinion. Seeking confirmation wouldn't be a life changer, so I don't see a reason why I should seek that piece of paper..
  5. My doubtful life story

    Hello Gareth, welcome to the forum. Like you I live in Suffolk, and like travelling. Good luck with your course
  6. IEP

    In my school, the student is given a copy of their IEP, with a date for review written into it. The school then works as best they can to meet that deadline, although they are sometimes a week or so off the mark.
  7. I'm learning to drive at the moment. I've had 22hrs of lessons so far, and I passed my theory test on Saturday. I am finding the driving part a bit of a struggle. I am petrified of losing control of the car, and I slow down too much when going around bends and corners. I also hesitate too much because I struggle to make quick decisions and judgments. I find that talking myself through moves is helping a little, but I fear that I will be learning for some time to come. I originally hoped that I would be able to pass by my birthday in May, but alas that seems unlikely My instructor is fantastic. He's patient, and I find him really helpful with his explanations. I find that he's one of the few strangers that I have been able to gel with. But I suspect that is because I have a clear expectation and the understanding of his role.
  8. Considering getting a diagnosis

    Hi Kitty, My mum came with me to see my GP 3 weeks ago. She didn't stay for the whole appointment, she came along just to give some information that I couldn't- stuff about my early years and childhood development. After that, she went back to the waiting room and left me with the GP. Maybe your mum could do something similar? It may well be necessary for them to get information at sometime about your early years development. Good luck!
  9. Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator.

    ISTJ Introvert(89%) Sensing(38%) Thinking(75%) Judging(67%) You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%) You have moderate preference of Sensing over Intuition (38%) You have distinctive preference of Thinking over Feeling (75%) You have distinctive preference of Judging over Perceiving (67%)
  10. I passed my Theory Test today! :)

    1. Merry


      BIG SMILES! :) It takes a lot of work, quick reflexes, a good memory, and a lot of cash to get that far! Well done!

    2. Mooni


      Thanks :) I'm really pleased with myself. I'm finding the actual lessons a bit difficult though. I know what is left/right, but I can't say it as quickly as needed. Oops.

  11. Baking!!

    Wow They look great! I had to bake on Friday at work with my year 7s. There was flour everywhere, and it wasn't the most successful. They had fun though, and I started half term with 18 cupcakes
  12. Baking!!

    I love baking and making sweets. My repertoire includes: croissants, cupcakes, blueberry sponges, korvapuusti (a Finnish cinnamon/cardamom bun), chokladbollar (oaty chocolatey truffle-like things from Sweden), and I enjoy making fudge and coconut ice. At Christmas I make Finnish gingerbread and joulutorttu, a pastry star with jam filling
  13. Newbie

    So, I went to the doctor's today. Took mum with me for back up, so she could talk to him about my early years. He's prescribed me a course of anti-depressants, and given me a follow up appointment for three weeks' time. We spent a great deal of time talking about how I cope on a day to day basis, and how I interact. He has said that I am "highly likely" and that it's a "very strong chance", that I have some form of Aspergers. The follow up appointment is to see if the antidepressants have any effect on me, and that at the next appointment, we will look further into AS, and then depending on what transpires, I will be referred!!!! Mum has always suspected that I may have some form of ASD, and she is very relieved to have had her suspicions echoed by a medical professional who is willing to investigate the possibility further. I also feel quite relieved to be told that it's not all in my head.
  14. Newbie

    I'd be up for the baking thread, too!
  15. Newbie

    Thanks to everybody who has replied to my rather rambling message I cannot express how it feels to have found people who understand how I feel, it's a huge relief knowing, even without a diagnosis, that I'm not alone. I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, about my depression, and mum has promised to help me raise the issue. She is a tenacious woman, so she won't be fobbed off. With any luck, I may soon find some answers. @Kelly83: I saw that you bake. Me too!