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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. Questions!

    Hey all! A while back I introduced myself and I also said I might have some questions regarding a translation of a book I'm doing (I'm Not Strange, I Have Autism by Ellen van Gelder). I do have some questions now, and they're probably quite easy to answer, because it's mainly what you call certain concepts in English. 1. What do you call someone who has ASD? And do you refer to it as 'someone with ASD' or 'someone with an ASD'? This book refers to them as 'fellow-autis' and 'ASD-ers'. 2. What do you call something that is kind of an obsession, but mainly just a very big hobby? Examples are watching animal skeletons, insects, veganism, etc. The Dutch word for it is a 'fiep'. 3. What do you call a kind of club thing where people with ASD gather to hang out? (Is there even a thing like that in the UK?) Thanks, guys!
  2. Hi! I'm Aviva

    Hi everyone! Time for an introduction: My name is Aviva, I'm 20 years old (turning 21 in December), and I'm from the north of the Netherlands. I was diagnosed with Asperger's when I was a little under 10 years old, but three or so years ago, I've been upgraded to PDD-NOS. I just finished my Bachelor's in English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen and will start my Master's degree in Writing, Editing, and Mediating in September. I plan on doing a subsequent Master's programme in Education and afterwards hope to obtain my PhD in nineteenth-century literature (British lit or crime fiction). (That's just a plan I came up with two months ago, but I'm pretty motivated to take on that challenge. I have two more years to decide, though!) I've got a couple of quirks--one of which is my immense enthusiasm about Sherlock Holmes. It's mainly the literature, but also BBC's Sherlock. Being a proper anglophile, I also really like Doctor Who. I'm very much into detective fiction and TV series that deal with crime. One of my main hobbies is improv comedy, so the stuff you see on Whose Line Is It Anyway, for example, though I'm more one for long-form improv (it's too difficult to explain in a few lines, but truly very interesting). I find it a great creative outlet and very much enjoy doing theatre. The main reason I decided to sign up for this particular forum, however, is because I am currently working on a translation for a book of a friend of mine (the Dutch title is Ik ben niet vreemd, ik heb autisme, which translates as I Am Not Strange, I Have Autism). I'd like to get to know some of you and (if possible) ask some questions and suggestions about translations of some colloquial terms. I'm really excited to get to know you! All the best, Aviva.
  3. What book are you reading at the moment?

    I'm reading The Magus by John Fowles, as suggested by of one of my lecturers! I find it a really fascinating read, although a bit lengthy. It's about an Englishman who decides to go to Greece to teach children there. Upon exploring the he finds himself caught in a millionaire's intriguing game of political and sexual betrayal and mystery. I think it's really well-written and, if it weren't for my short attention span, I'd find it really hard to put it down!
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