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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. AS and ADHD comorbid

    Occasionally, this thought also crosses my mind, too: that the ADHD may be a misdiagnosis. Prior to being diagnosed with ADHD, I had the idea that I might have ADHD, but not ASD. Following the ADHD diagnosis, I've been taking prescription drugs which do provide some calm and focus. So I think I'll defer to the doctor's decision with the ADHD diagnosis. I've been to a few support group meetings, where I've met others who are also diagnosed with ADHD and have more severe symptoms. I think mine are comparatively mild. My experience of the NHS has been good. My GP has got me to see a psychologist. Now that the NHS have actually diagnosed me with both ASD and ADHD, the psychologist is now seeing if we can arrange a few sessions with me around this dual diagnoses.
  2. Bit of newbie lurker here. In November 2014, I was diagnosed with ADHD. To my surprise, the ADHD specialist also said he was "pretty sure" I was on the autism spectrum. So he referred me to an NHS autism spectrum disorder (ASD) unit for an assessment. A few weeks ago, I had the ASD assessment. During the assessment, I had an interview which also referred to the ASD symptoms in my ADHD diagnosis. I had an ADOS test, too. Afterwards, the assessor called a relative to discuss my background. The ASD unit have invited me back for a follow up appointment to discuss feedback. The appointment lasts an hour and I'm allowed to bring a friend or relative. So I am wondering if others have any advice on the kinds of things I should be asking at this follow-up appointment. I've impressed with the NHS service. For the ADHD assessment, I was on the waiting list for 4 months. And less than 10 months from ASD referral to assessment. Just a bit nervous about this all really....
  3. AS and ADHD comorbid

    Just over a year ago, the NHS introduced me to the term "comorbidity". In July 2014, my doctor referred to a specialist to discuss the possibility that I might have ADHD. At our first appointment, the ADHD specialist said he was "pretty sure" that I was on the autism spectrum. As well as diagnosing me with ADHD, he decided to refer me for an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) assessment. Following the assessment, I was also diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. I had no idea that this was medically possible.
  4. Hello Discovering myself and ASD

    That's a very good point, Mia. Sometimes one wonders if one's family can either be source of support or potentially damaging to one's mental wellbeing. In the last 15 months, I've been been diagnosed with both ADHD and ASD. I suspected one but not both conditions. I've given up discussing this with immediate family members. They just deny it. Instead, I focus on these diagnoses as an explanation and, crucially, a plan for help: either self-help or medical help.
  5. ASD assessment and diagnosis, what to expect ?

    Had my follow up appointment today. I meet the criteria and they diagnosed me as being on the spectrum. They reminded me that the aspergers diagnosis has been dropped and included in the overall spectrum. They took me through their draft report and I'll get a written copy in a few days. It was an interesting meeting. As it happens, I'm already seeing an NHS psychologist discussing anxiety problems and a diagnosis report will be sent to him. They also recommended going to an autism spectrum meeting in London, which I really want to do. This assessment and diagnosis experience has been helpful and explains a lot. Particularly my coping and compensating mechanisms for dealing with difficult situations. From now, I'd like to continue seeing the psychologist but with discussions focused practical help.
  6. Hello everyone, In November 2014, I was diagnosed with ADHD. The assessment and diagnosis took place at the ADHD specialist unit at an NHS hospital in London. While being assessed, the specialist ADHD doctor decided to refer me to an NHS autism spectral disorder unit. In his opinion, he was "pretty sure" I'm on the ASD. I really did not expect this. Though some life long friends and my brother have previously suggested that I might have "aspergers syndrome". In April, the NHS ASD department sent me a pre-assessment questionnaire. I've just heard that my ASD assessment will be in February 2016. Until last November, I was completely unaware of the ADHD and ASD co-morbidity. In fact, I had to research the word "comborbidity". The assessments at the ADHD unit finished in March. But since then, I've struggled with the new routine of taking medication for ADHD. Things got to the stage where my GP intervened. (I don't want to explain here). I now see him every week. And he's also made an appointment for me to see an NHS psychologist for an initial assessment. So I am wondering what happens with an ASD assessment and diagnosis. And what help is available. And how help is tailored where there's a comorbidity with something else - such as ADHD. Any guidance appreciated, Shinkansen
  7. Aspergers and ADHD/ODD

    The other day, I did that Sally-Anne 'empathy' test on YouTube. Immediately responded by saying where the ball had moved to. Not where they "person" thought the ball was still located. Whoops.
  8. concerta XL

    After After perseverance and help from my GP, I've been taking Concerta XL 36 mg. I agree with you about the settled and calmer benefits. Your post is over a year old, so I wonder if you have an update.
  9. Aspergers and ADHD/ODD

    Last November, diagnosed with ADHD. The assessing doctor decided to refer me for an autism spectral disorder assessment. I'm now on a wait list for that and will be seen in February 2016. At the moment, I take Concerta XL 36 mg. This is a slow release version of Ritalin. I have had a great deal of trouble with the routine and dosage. My GP is now managing this by giving me the pills every 7 days. Lately, I've noticed improvements: less anxiety, more calm and fewer mood swings. Of all things about aspergers, it's this "lack of empathy" business which is been life long theme. People who scarcely know each other, but have know me for decades refer to my "lack of empathy". But I just don't see it.
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