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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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    Films,golf,gardening maybe and personal development. And top gear but not when Chris Evans takes it over.i would love to learn to fly one day . Also I like animals.
  1. Hi, I was recently diagnosed by woman called maxine Aston in Coventry, she has a website she charges 395 pounds but u will know one way or the other. Good luck
  2. Propranolol

    Panic attacks always pass, if they go on for more than 15 mind the body senses a threat and shuts them down, I found that helpful I remember. As far as the propranolol it's better to have one u don't need than need one u don't have. The panic attacks will stop for good when the time comes. Good luck.
  3. Hello all, new here

    Hi, welcome to the site, I was just diagnosed last month age 48. It does answer a lot of questions. I wish u well and hope u get some peace of mind. I guess that's normal , I don't know either. Good luck .
  4. Looking for aspergers trained therapist

    I just checked out that link, it's a good starting point. Thanks again.
  5. Looking for aspergers trained therapist

    Thanks again trekster , I will check that out.
  6. I would appreciate any info members have on a good aspergers trained therapist in the Herts north London area. Tks very much
  7. Propranolol

    Hi, I was prescribed propranolol years ago for panic attacks and they helped me dramatically. If I had an attack or felt one coming I would take one and the attack was prevented. After a while it was enough for my brain to know they worked and as long as I had them near me the attacks stopped. It's all in our heads. I didn't find them addictive, just necessary for a while. I was recently prescribed again for irregular heartbeat just as I fall asleep and they worked again, I have them if I need them but haven't for a while. As for Diazepam I took, abused them for over ten years to help anxiety after binge drinking weekends, seemed to be the only thing that worked for me until I was drug tested for a job. I quit them as they had stopped working anyway , and my drinking took off. I am in AA now 17 months sober. I would stress I am not a doctor nor am I advising u to take or not take medication. That is a matter for a professional. I am just sharing my experience in the hope u get something out of it. I wish u well, it's been a long time since I had a panic attack and I don't miss them. All the best.
  8. What's everyone's favourite films?

    Hi all, i have two . The long good friday with bob hoskins and true romance, an early script from tarantino. Both classics in my opinion.
  9. Does anyone have good days?

    Thanks trekster, much appreciated.
  10. Hi, i think i relate to your question. I can pass myself off as nomal for short periods of time so i limit my social interactions a great deal. In a close relationship i cannot do this without alcohol so have had some chaotic relationships. I just feel uncomfortable and dont like this to be seen. I was tested for aspergers recently aged 48, abeit high functioning, i have aspergers traits but scored highly on the facial expression test. I was diagnosed by a woman called maxine aston in coventry, about 400 pounds for testing. I too hate pc, and anyone telling me what to do, anti authority, although this could come from my childhood, controlling mother and boarding school. I have a high iq, in the 130 s and an ability to work things out in a sherlock kind of way but i have never put this to use in a career as i chose a job which suits my isolating pattern. I find normal peoples conversation dull, i really dont care for football or eastenders. You get the picture. Alcohol freed my mind for years but i took it too far and it beat me in the end. Im sober these days but still looking for some peace of mind. To recap yes i share yr high functioning attributes but i find life difficult but i know there are much worse off than me. I wish u all the best on yr journey and feel free to message me in a no strings attached aspergers kind of way.
  11. Hi, im recently diagnosed aspergers high functioning. I have a job house etc, live on my own for most of my life and have a solitary job.My head is busy all the time and i cant shut it up without alcohol and i have stopped drinking. I wonder if anyone out there has days when yr head is quieter and ways to make things easier mentally. For me there is no peace and i have tried most forms of therapy but nothing works .I need something to sooth like the booze did without the resulting depression.Not sure about meds i used diazepam for years to relax but it stopped working. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
  12. Thanks for yr reply. I will look for the book u mentioned. I wonder what effect the alcohol had on u when u drank again, could u control it ? Also how do u function socially without booze and feeling comfortable. I would love any insight into ways of freeing my mind from non stop thinking. I do meditate and have some small benefit from this but usually my head is too busy to really listen. I sometimes use the following to sleep. Its called a higher state theta meditation by george lewis about 30 mins. You can find it on you tube. Thanks again.
  13. Hi, i would just like to thank everyone that replied to my post. I use AA to stay sober and the search for peace of mind and a relationship continues. Not too much to ask i think. I have always self medicated with booze for anxiety especially socialy and this enabled me to appear normal but inside i am miserable due to this feeling in my head. If i cant address this j will drink again and back to the despair that comes with it.frustrating to say the least Does anyone know of aspergers therapist. tks again
  14. Thank you for reply. Any information is helpful.
  15. Thanks for yr reply. I drank to ease social anxiety and it got out of hand. Iam sober but the anxiety is still there. I have other stuff in my childhood, adoption and boarding school and i never bonded with my parents, estranged now. All i want to do is isolate and drink again but i know where that will take me but its the only way i know to feel normal.its v frustrating all the time. Thanks again