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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. All these schools specifically for young people with autism are opening so close to me...whilst im glad for the young people who could potentially avoid what my brother and i suffered through, im irritated that its too late for me. and only by a couple of years.

  2. ADOS

    thank you so much! That was exactly what happened! I should hope the psychiatrist takes the fact I'm a girl into consideration. i thought it was all very odd, like how therapy is portrayed in television stereotypes, or like learning games from early years of school! I loved the book 'Tuesday' (flying frog book) because it reminded me of a ghibli film haha! I actually found the interaction much easier than basic cbt.
  3. college struggles

    This was really helpful to read, knowing that there are others with my anxieties. I've heard so often, lately, especially on this forum, about those of us who struggle with mainstream education. I've heard from so many people with ASD, that they've adjusted to becoming self taught. I really dont want to consider leaving college, i love the concept of leaving the house and going to be taught. Maybe its just a little too much, though. Thank you so much for your comment, it's so nice to know that this isnt a completely alien thing that only I have - I've never been able to relate to anyone with the same issues until now.
  4. ADOS

    can someone talk me through the process of an ADOS assessment? i was diagnosed privately because the services were no help to me, but now the NHS service that i've seen long term want to give me an ADOS - what should i expect?
  5. college struggles

    I'm in my second year of college, and i have been back since summer break for around a month now. Yet, I've failed to attend a continuous full week.Last year seemed so much easier. I have a lovely selection of tutors that im comfortable with, their support is so so helpful and my family support is just as brilliant. Why wont this meltdown period go away? I love learning so so much and I want to be in college so badly but it just makes me so anxious and theres something inside of me that makes me want to stay away. I honestly have no idea what it is - i was the same throughout my entire school experience. I want to be there, I love learning, i cant pinpoint the issue, so nobody can fix it to make it better. Has anyone else had this? does anyone know what i can do? Dont tell me to just push through and try to go because i'll 'be fine once i get there'. I already know that, i've tried it, i've heard it, It's not how it works for me. I dont even know what this post is asking of anyone, i'm just so stressed and upset and angry at myself. I have so much potential and i'm being stopped from using any of it because of my stupid anxiety.
  6. ASD University

    you've got the idea completely spot on, however, I absolutely love the subjects ive chosen for college - adore them, yet i'm still stuck in a meltdown. As much as i love the concept of learning, i'm stuck in a phase of not wanting to go regardless, but not understanding why...i feel the situation will be the same for uni, but worse because i'll be away from home. My family are so so supportive and so are my college, but yet, everything still feels so difficukt to face..and you likely know, its not just a case of 'pushing yourself'. its never that easy. not for me, anyway. I hope things go well for you in the future, well done on accomplishing uni! Thats a huge achievement for anyone, and especially huge for you, with the struggles you face! <3
  7. ASD University

    That sounds exactly like me! at least I know there are people i can relate to, thank you so much x
  8. ASD University

    Hey, So, I've always struggled with education environments. Like, school, for example. My brother and I both had 'school refusal' down on our records because the both of us only just got diagnosed ASD (i mean, c'mon. I get that I may've been missed because it's rare that girls get diagnosed in an instant, but my brother is 24!). Anyway, I'm in my second year at college now, which is a struggle but i do love it regardless. I'm staying for a third year because I want to achieve the same A-level grades as everyone else - (i did only 2 igcses and was homeschooled for 2 years before college so im a bit behind) After that, I'd really love to go to University, but im really worried about the issues i might face with it all - work load, responsibility, independence, and mostly - being away from home. of course, I can go to a (fairly) local (kind of) college, but its still a case of being sure I dont have an episode - that i dont waste my money because I have a meltdown and end up having crappy attendance! So, I guess, what im wondering is, Any Aspies been to Uni? What are/were your experiences? or, alternatively, are there any Universities speciffically for people on the spectrum? I know there's a school near where I live that is specially for girls with autism (the school from itv's 'Girls with Autism' Documentary - I went to a 'hospital school' with a girl who goes/went to it) - but i'd already finished school and become out of the age range by the time I knew about it - and by the time i knew i was autistic, even.
  9. So, I've been on the search for ear protectors because I struggle with auditory sensitivity. (whilst I'm sure loads of you, being on the autistic spectrum know of this, but I'm aware that everyone is different and not everybody will have this issue, thus some might not know - pretty much its the heightened sense of sound, everyday sounds bother you, for me, its loud/sudden/repetitive/close noise) Anyway, I've been looking for a long while, i want some that are pretty (because i'm fussy and sentimental) and i saw a news report with a thumbnail image (it was about protecting children's ears at noisy events) you can right click on the image and 'search google for this image' to see it, if youre interested - but, see, this is what i did to try and find the brand in the photo, because they look like they have a nice pretty range of styles. Here's the photo (the ones that the back, in packaging) it looks to me like the brand is 'safe and sound'? I cant find it, though. Maybe I'm not looking properly, i've never been great at research.. if anyone recognises the brand, please let me know! Or any other nice sound muting earmuffs! i know their quality is more important than their aesthetics, i'm not silly, so please be nice.
  10. I'm really struggling to stay happy and its making going to college so hard

  11. Hello! So, i thought, for my first post on here, that I'd start a thread that's pretty light. I didn't want to dive in straight away with more detailed, serious struggles. Anyway, I have always been very sensitive to sound - I can deal with loud sound, sudden sound, repetitive sound, certain pitches ect, i can't even have someone whisper around me without hyperventilating. However, I know that there are resources for other people with the same issues. At 17, I've only just been diagnosed, after a 9 year struggle to get someone to listen. I'm looking for some sound cancelling headphones/earmuffs; not whitenoise ones or with cables or anything - I dont want to plug them in, I just want to be able to block sound out when I'm near busy roads and wherever else. But here's the other part - I want some cute ones...I'm really fussy and sentimental (I have no idea if this is due to the aspergers) and although I'm aware that the functions are so much more important that the aesthetics, I was wondering if theres any pretty/girly ones out there? I've seen pink ones, and I've seen some animal ones (but they look funny, i want like a cute bear or something??) I've been looking to see if theres such thing as Rilakkuma themed ones, or something like that? I like Japan and Lolita ect.. So yeah, I hope nobody thinks this is silly - I'm sure that (and hoping) everyone is nice! As I said, I just wanted to start off with something a bit less daunting!