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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. Hello, I'm look to make friends. I live in the Bath and Bristol area. I'm 25 years old and it'll be awesome to meet new people and have an awesome time. Anyway, do tap back ^^.
  2. As an adult, I used to make my friends at work. The last decade of economic instability in my area has made this difficult, and I'm now trying to make friends without having "The Office" be my social petri dish. It's not working all that well. A recent article by The Atlantic (links to cover story, "How Friendships Change in Adulthood") observed that friend-making is essential to emotional health, and yet friends are the relationship most likely to be dropped in adult life: the obligations for the "priority relationships" of job, spouse, children, and parents come first, and the threefold criteria for friends: “Somebody to talk to, someone to depend on, and someone to enjoy." I write. A lot. I need somebody to talk to, because they'll read me, as I will them; someone to depend on, providing some degree of consistency and expecting that back from me; and someone to enjoy--sparring thoughts and agreeable silences in appropriate degrees." I have a friend: I overwhelm him, because I write so much. I have a friend: she does better on the phone, and so we talk. I am a letter-writer, and I have struggled to define what should be written in paper, with my beloved fountain pen, and what calls for the speed of e-mail, and what needs to be spoken. I'm finding that I often need all three to maintain the level of proximity that friendship requires: the thoughtfulness and permanence of paper as a way to set an anchor, the fleeting speed of email as connective tissue and immediacy, and the emotional communication of voice. How are the rest of you making friends in adulthood?
  3. Hi All, Ever since I was diagnosed a few weeks ago I've been thinking: is it best to tell all of your friends and family about your ASD or should it be kept to yourself? I can't decide. On the one hand I hope that by telling everyone I know that I have Asperger's syndrome it will help them to understand me more and that I've acted strangely, and sometimes upset people because I have a condition that I was born with and cannot change. Not because I'm a self-centered prat who doesn't care about their feelings. However, I worry that most will just think that telling them that I've got AS is an admission of insanity, which of course it isn't, and they would start treating me like I'm mentally retarded - or even worse they might just avoid me all together. A fair few of the people I know, I fear, are old fashioned like that. So, I'm hoping to gauge some opinion as to what others may do, or have done, in similar circumstances. Cheers, - Bob
  4. New to the site

    Hi, I'm new to all this and am looking to find other people with similar interests and experiences to communicate with. I'm a 33 year old female, from leeds. I have recently received an official/formal diagnosis of asperger's (although in the past 20 years several psychiatrists have suggested I was on the autistic spectrum but then I was promptly removed from their care and sent to someone else!!). I like anything apple - macbook's, iPad's, iPhone's etc etc especially taking them apart, modding them as well as hacking, cracking and coding. I also like rap music especially underground stuff and also some grunge/metal too depending on my mood. I also like my Xbox FIFA 12 currently. And smurfs, I love my smurf village. It lives on my iPad and iPhone. When I'm not on electronic devices I like to write (most people call this graffiti but technically it's the art of writing and lettering). I like tattoos and piercings. Reading research papers on chemistry, building molecular structures and understanding about explosives. I also am interested in Newtonian Physics, Fractals, Anatomy, epistemology, eastern philosophy and IQ's. I also like fire but I have to be careful about how much interest I show in that because recently it has raised considerable concern with forensic psychiatry!! If anyone has any similar interests I would like to hear from them as really the only people I communicate with are my parents and mental health services who don't share my interests. I do have a friend and she is brilliant but we are very different and she doesn't like any of these things except she has a smurf village too.
  5. No one understands

    I have grown to appreciate the benefits of asperger syndrome throughout my life. But I still feel misunderstood by nearly everyone, especially people at school. I have made a lot more friends than had in year 7 three years ago, but even they give me funny looks all the time. Whenever people in my year or class walk past me I catch them casting blank looks in my direction. I admit my action in school differ a lot from theirs and I am basically the only one who draws or reads in my spare time. Yet despite this I still feel isolated from them, like I am from another world. The teachers know of my condition and support me, but the students would see me as an attention-seeker if I tried to explain that I had autism. I am not used to expressing myself to people like this and this is my first post on the ASD forum. Thank You