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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. Autistic and Bipolar Comorbidity

    There seems to be a really close link between ASD and Bipolar. Im not exactly sure what it is, but the symptoms seem to be fairly similar, and I bet a lot of people with ASD get misdiagnosed as having bipolar when they actually have ASD.
  2. where the 90,s and early 00,s the best years?

    They were good years. I remember TV shows used to be much better than now (on the whole), and I used to love the old shows. I tend to watch old shows now rather than newer ones. Not only were wagon wheels bigger, but tins of Roses/ Quality street etc were as well, and I kind of miss the old tins, rather than the new plastic ones.
  3. I also have PCOS and ASD, and there could easily be a link. I think it may be a hormonal link somewhere in the body.
  4. Sleep and sleepproblems

    thanks for this link, it is really helpful. I have sleep apnoea which is a complete nightmare. I also struggle to fall asleep, and then when I am asleep I sleep for ages.
  5. Irlen Syndrome (Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome)

    Hi, I also suffer from Irlen Syndrome, along with photosenstivity and Epilepsy. It is a pain, especially at Christmas time, when everyone feels the need to put up flashing christmas lights.
  6. Im going there atm. It is fantastic, because it is private, but the NHS is funding it for me, which is really good.
  7. What's everyone listening to?

    Im normally really into music, but recently, I havent been listening to it much. Dont know why. Just feel like I have run out of bands to listen to, and the new ones that people suggest never seem to interest me.
  8. Do we really need Black Friday?

    No, its just a gimmick for the businesses to make more profit. Its not worth it; people get hurt, and the companies couldnt care less.
  9. Help - Flapping

    Hi; I actually used to do this myself up until the age of about 15! I did it when I was excited. It was, in my case, something I just grew out of, as I learned to express myself in other, more appropriate ways. I think, in this case, its clearly his way of expressing himself- a way of showing his happiness/ frustration. In terms of bullying, it is a very difficult thing to stop the 'flapping'; try to explain to his friends why he does it in a way they will understand as much as possible; maybe even ask his school to let you address all the pupils yourself as to why he does it?.
  10. I am in some serious need of advice

    im sorry to read that you have had so much trouble. I was diagnosed with BPD as well; I think its almost an automatic diagnoses they give to people when they don't know what is really the truth. I know I don't have BPD, or any of the other things I was diagnosed with (other than my Epilepsy). Its difficult, but when you have ASD or something along those lines, you struggle to communicate; its like you say one thing and everyone else has heard another.
  11. Transitions lenses & light sensitivity

    Hi, you should be able to get funding. I have Irlen Lens syndrome myself and got funding for the glasses. However, in my case, it came in the form of student finance, so I am not sure how it would work for a twelve year old.