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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. 15 yr old daughter just diagnosed

    Life just gets harder, my features became more obvious as I hit puberty also. Hormones makes things harder for parents. The screaming matches, un-winable arguments. The list is endless. The ASD things is over diagnosed. Lots of people show all sorts of varying quirks, life is varied, its being together enough to have children and cary on the blood line, worry not about the little things. Ian
  2. Ex carer now in need of one

    Smoke and mirrors I suspect I have been lied too again. Monday 15 Feb, visit by senior manager, performance suitable for recording. Tuesday 16 Feb, a statement easily heard by me, by a visiting social worker to my neighbour. Two weeks holiday Six month sabbatical A charade meant for me to hear, the above social worker most likely has had their client list altered. Thursday a letter dated the 16th without any signature, saying I had been added to the waiting list, a list I was supposed to have been on since early 2014! I do not expect anything to happen until the management have been replaced by competent individuals. Do Not Expect Anything From West Berkshire Council Adult Social Services Sorry folks the list of broken unusable council services is almost endless, what draws people to these services? Its really bad fortune to have to have to use these! If you can, stay away from these doubtful individuals. In the end family is the most reliable means of support, I am ageing without children. My sister and her children avoid me. Its fortunate that some council departments have stricter professional oversight.
  3. Got the diagnosis

    Paula Sorry, I am very high functioning. We differ. Yet still, I have no children, if I did I would not let them get away with anything. Its important to give support, you have a limited life, what after? Its hard, my body is failing, so will his, then what? Do not expect anyone else to help, it just will not happen. I have an archers build, my sides match on the diagonal. Ian
  4. One word association

    Architect The spider draws its plans for its web? Maybe its a giant spider who must draw its new design before mustering its children to do the work! A big human eating spider of nightmares.
  5. Got the diagnosis

    Maybe its better now, I would never have worked, or got to be a Technical Manager with this loaded diagnoses, I am in my fifties now and this diagnoses has caused me nothing but trouble since I got it, I think its better to avoid it if at all possible. If your son can manage to avoid mentioning this diagnoses it will help his future in finding work and a mate.
  6. Ex carer now in need of one

    Calmer, yet the words have been spoken, they have been heard, I made the correct speech "If I could afford to sue you, I would not need your services", they know full well I mean it. Seen a senior person Monday, a high ranking social worker told someone outside my bungalow that the they had two weeks holiday followed by a six month sabbatical, the day after. Heads rolling?
  7. One word association

    Spider A very busy industrious spider will spend a lot of time spinning and weaving its web, only to have it destroyed by some clumsy human.
  8. Ex carer now in need of one

    Still around the housing association is now looking for suitable accommodation fot me. Hoping that that to council area that I move to does not have an official DISCRIMINATION policy I am taking cinnamon again with coffee and large amounts of alcohol I am weaker yet angry my day in court to expose these pretenders at providing care
  9. Ex carer now in need of one

    I have had to stop taking cinnamon as I have reached its toxic dose levels. It has been difficult, its obvious liver damage. Recovering by taking just butter! Its too soon to say if my liver will recover again. What do I do for pain? I am starting to do those things I would not of thought of.
  10. Sounds a bit like me. We differ. I have been thought off as somewhat of a genius also as an totally insane one. My time line is coming to an end. However if I can be of some help, do please inquire. Ian
  11. Ex carer now in need of one

    I am still around, less mobile and in poorer heath. Eating is difficult. I am now ensuring that I consume enough animal based fats BUTTER Other things that help are Ceylon Cinnamon
  12. One word association

    over-troubled-waters our minds can be like stormy seas, mine is calming
  13. Do I tell my boss?

    NO I am 55 it is best to tell only those who must know ! I Meet worse undiagnosed individuals. A Diagnoses is purely an opinion.
  14. I used to take things apart. then I repaired computers and printers and quite complex things ended up a Technical Manager for a computer company
  15. Had enough

    Hormones Male and Females have those in great abundance We can be normal in that ! He is young, I was too.