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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. WOMEN with high functioning ASD - Let's take action!?

    Not to spread any kind of dichotomous gender imbalances, as Treskter had mentioned already, is most definitely a first. Not that I feel that you really do this intentionally but to separate male from female in a divergent category is one of the issues that societal construct currently faces in the eyes of those giving the diagnoses. As female Asperger's is, for the most part, far less obvious and considerably more subtle than male Asperger's, it is harder to diagnose and should be drawn attention to most rapidly. However, that's not to really say that this divide is even particularly clear cut. I scored something like ten below the threshold for a diagnosis from my psychiatrist. He allowed me to be diagnosed anyway. It was taken to the Autism forum and I received my diagnosis shortly after. As I've mentioned to people before, Asperger's appears to be greatly an amalgamation of multiple disorders come together to form a kind of "clumped" disorder that ends up being mistaken as something of it's own merit. I don't believe that Autism really exists at all, that the Autistic spectrum could actually be extended to encompass every single person to ever exist if it were lenient enough, as all people appear to exhibit at least an iota of Autistic traits. It's why so many people are so good at hiding it, why so many people can simply blend with others. I don't think there's any specific difference at all. We just know how to click with NT's because, well, that's more or less what we are. We're just far more concentrated in these dare I say cherry picked traits that appear to constitute Autism. So to raise awareness is to recognise the subtleties whilst simultaneously noting the significant exhibition of traits that most everybody is prone to doing at least once or twice in their lives. In short, we need a definition of what Autism actually means, not these loose and rather unhinged presumptions that suggest that all Autists cannot feel emotion or recognise facial cues. There needs to be an accuracy, and when even the NHS seems to get the definition wrong then you know that it's not quite as simple as people make it out to be (then again, the NHS aren't renowned for being competent).
  2. dating sites....

  3. Diagnosed 5 days ago

    Hi, Dave. It's enlightening to finally realise who you are, at least to an extent. I know it was good for me. You can finally find people with common interests and traits, and that's always a good thing. Glad to hear it's helped you, and that you're on board here now. We are quite thin on numbers.
  4. The use of swearing and adult content on the site

    That all sounds good to me.
  5. The use of swearing and adult content on the site

    Yes, something along those lines. I think it's important that people are able to discuss subjects which are both significant yet potentially unsuitable. I suppose creating something like that is a start. Perhaps a branch from those subjects if topics begin to fall into more specific categories.
  6. The use of swearing and adult content on the site

    Oh, I see. In that case, it may be a good idea to add a specific thread to allow people to speak about certain matters that some may consider inappropriate or offensive in some ways.
  7. Should parents be allowed to attend sports days?

    Sports day is mandatory, as far as I'm aware. Unless you're talking about some optional thing, which from your post it really doesn't seem like, then I'd say that they should just scrap the whole enforcing kids to go thing. I hated sports day too. In truth, the events I did didn't entirely bother me. Even when I fell possibly near thirty metres behind everybody, it didn't entirely bother me. It was the environment in general. Having to sit there and watch, listen closely to when your specific event was starting. They hardly even stuck to schedule. Sports day is a good idea, as an optional event for those that choose to participate. As an obligation, there is literally no reason that I can think of that could possibly lead to them thinking it's a good idea to force everybody to go.
  8. I've recently been suffering this whole problem that I thought I had fixed not too long ago. It involves not seeming to be able to open specific applications on Windows 8. I'm not talking about the dashboard applications but actual programs, like Steam, Chrome, Skype, etc. It's extended to numerous apps but only seems to apply to those on my toolbar. I'm considering removing them to see if that works. However, this is inconsistent as it does run some applications linked to the toolbar (I'll post a list at the bottom of programs which do not seem to work so far, along with those that are connected to the toolbar but seem to function fine). Originally, I thought this problem was connected to spyware that I had discovered on my computer. It seemed to fix the issue once it was gone. I'm now having this issue again and have run a security scan (I'm using F-Secure). I do know a fair bit about computers but I certainly don't have a clue what could possibly be preventing programs from opening fully. Just to clarify, they do actually run but do not appear as a window when I try to bring them forward. I see them active at the bottom but cannot use them. Does anyone have a clue as to what could be causing such a strange problem? Thanks for all help in advance. Programs that run (on taskbar); BizHawk corruptor Windows Store Internet Explorer Partially working programs; Steam (in Big Picture mode) BitWise (in log viewer, contacts list and other miscellaneous tools) Broken programs; Steam (in traditional / legacy mode) Skype BitWise (in chat) File Explorer Chrome Firefox Addendum; I'd make the assumption that there is some connection between all working programs (for one, they all seem to start up on the toolbar itself), only there doesn't seem to be any direct or clear correlation between them all as of now. I will attempt to remove some from the task bar in the hopes that this actually helps in some way. Other than that, I'm entirely lost.
  9. VBO Issues

    I only have one graphics card, unless there's a way to connect it to an integrated chipset although I don't even know if my computer actually has one. I think my PC came with a detachable graphics card. Dual cards may work, but as I have already mentioned the issue seems to be with the software architecture rather than the hardware. You probably know this better than me, though.
  10. Am i depressed

    That may be bipolar. As far as I'm aware, it is usually associated with AS. I may need more information to say for sure though.
  11. Struggling quite severely right now. I wish I wasn't so sensitive.

  12. The use of swearing and adult content on the site

    I don't think there are any particular rules on adult content, but it may be best to see if the community is actually offended by such material, content or speech before making this assumption. I don't personally get offended by any bad language but I can't speak for anybody else on here.
  13. Dealing with people online.

    That's how everything goes on the internet. Are you aware of the notation for irony? Take a look at Poe's Law and you should find something around there about it. The symbol doesn't show up on my computer, unfortunately. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony_punctuation As for dealing with it, most people are confrontational with the guise of anonymity. There's a vast lack of clarity within the confines of online interaction. Some people are good, and some people are not. I like to see it as what I call a "fixed" sort of problem; you can't deal with it directly. Rather, you must adapt to it and work your way around it. Would you rather cut down a tree blocking your path or find another route? One is a little more efficient than the other. My point is, as I said before, you find good people and you find not so great people. I'd rather not consider them bad people. I always like to look for the good but sometimes it's very hard, especially when you're on the receiving end of embittered individuals. I can't speak much else on this subject. I suppose I've developed a sort of callous after being caught in many a silent altercation over online interaction. It causes me to develop a sort of instinctual response, a kind that you can't fully explain in conscious nature in the same way that you cannot explain drawing your hand rapidly away from a hot plate or fire in conscious nature. Trust me; you'll find those that understand you better than others at some point in time. You just really need to look and in many cases get lucky. Apologies for a slightly finicky and fractured response. I struggled as to what I meant to say in many cases, but I hope I get my point across.
  14. Struggling seriously with emotions right now. Great ambivalence. No idea what to do.