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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. Aspie meet ups

    No, it's realistic to say the idea has died. Huge difference. Read through the topic and you'll find that no one is agreeing on anything and there's little practicality involved
  2. Aspie meet ups

    I think the whole idea has died. There simply aren't enough people interested and no one agrees on anything. Every idea that has been put forward has been shot down by somebody else and no solutions have been decided on. I think it's best to just let the idea die while it still has some dignity
  3. a delux apartment in the city or a poor cabin in the woods?

    I like my peace and quiet too but I couldn't live without other people around me so I'm gonna go for the luxury apartment. I may not be always that good with social interaction but I do enjoy it a lot when it's with people I have things in common with. There's the career aspect of it, too - many more jobs in the cities than in the country. I don't think I'd cope well with not working, despite having social anxiety
  4. Post something positive that happened to you today

    I'm on day four of my workouts. It sounds like a tiny amount but I am immensely proud of myself and am already beginning to feel the difference
  5. Aspie meet ups

    Yes, you can just communicate with text. It can all be quite private
  6. VBO Issues

    I know this is not at all helpful, but how can Minecraft have so many issues with rendering? The Source and Unity engines seem to have far less issues with rendering and yet they're far more complicated than a load of cubical blocks with (presumably) 8 bit textures
  7. Aspie meet ups

    An absolutely sterling idea, Matzoball! I've added my Skype name to my profile too. Anyone can add me if they like, although I'm not great with voice or video calls at the moment
  8. Feeling free!

    1. Mihaela


      That sounds... liberating! :)


  9. holding on to bad memories....

    I do this all the time. I don't know if it's Asperger's or low self esteem that causes it though I'm afraid
  10. One word association

    Physics A term that will only be understood by gaming nerds such as myself, 'ragdoll physics' refers to the simulation of limp bodies for corpses etc. Can result in hilarious glitches when improperly implemented
  11. Chronic muscle tightness and pain

    It probably is all just the scoliosis and I'm just being a hypochondriac, now that I think about it. I am going to start a bodyweight exercise routine and see how that fares me. I've pretty much given up on the idea of using weights so this is the next best thing and hopefully a lot safer. I would go swimming more but I'm not the best swimmer and feel like I'd make a fool of myself at the pool. Perhaps I'm being too self conscious though. I'm not currently on any painkillers but perhaps it may be a good idea? I do have quite an addictive personality though so it's quite likely I'd end up hooked on them. It's a pain in the bum because ibuprofen and paracetamol do little if anything to ease the pain and morphine likely would become habitual for me. I've had physio on the NHS before but have never lasted more than one session - I'm always forgetting appointments I didn't feel like they were really assessing the problem properly though. I wish I could afford to go private
  12. Desperate

    Yay! Let's hope you can finally get the support you so deserve
  13. Do you know if your son is depressed at all Paula? As an adult with AS and suffering from depression who is in the same age group as your son, I can kind of relate to how he is behaving. Since reaching adulthood I have lost nearly all the motivation I had as a teenager. I've got to the point where I rarely feel like leaving my room too, although not quite to the extent of your son. A lot of people with Asperger's really do genuinely struggle with what seems totally normal for an NT. It's just the nature of the condition, I'm afraid. Chances are he's not being lazy, he's just very depressed and chronically unmotivated. After all, society has little to offer us when it so constantly rejects us. I'm currently looking for work but every time I find a job I think I could maybe do I get knocked by the person specifications - jobs these days are not aimed at introverts. 'Bubbly', 'confident', 'outgoing' etc., all words used to describe the kind of people employers want for employees. It's like rubbing salt into the wounds of those who do not fit into these categories and may make aspies feel weak, worthless, unwanted, not useful etc. Early 20s is a horrible period for a lot of aspies I think. It's the time when the world expects us to get up and 'do our part', despite there being so many obstacles in our way
  14. Aspie meet ups

    ^The lifts were my idea. But as I said, it would only be for those who have mobility problems and people who can't use public transport. I'm beginning to see some potential huge problems with this