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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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dfjenkins

Just diagnosed with AS

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hello there

 

My name is David and I have just been diagnosed at the grand age of 50 with AS.

 

I am still finding it hard to adjust to and accept.

 

I can see however that it has played a massive part in the way I have been with my wife -thankfully sho identified this as a possibility.

 

My GP took very seriously and I got an appointment with a consultant very quickly - which I gather is unusual.

 

Once I can come to terms with it I will do what I can to help anybody where I can.

 

Thank you

 

David

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Jota   

Hi and welcome to the forums. I'm in a similar situation as I was diagnosed a month ago at the age of 45 although I'd kind of suspected it for the past couple of years after doing some research. I was a bit different in that I was glad I had an explanation for the way I was/am.

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Thanks for the reply.

 

I found this alla week ago - thanks to my wife and her efforts.

 

Although I often used to say to mysef in a group situation "I am not like any you" I never ever imagined this wa s why.

 

It makes sense now, but it is scary to think I will still ame the same social mistakes in the future too :(

 

I just do not know what to do next - we see our GP Friday - so maybe the first step is this?

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dany925   

hi i hove just found out that i have Aspergers to, not shore wot it rely means,

do all pepol with aspergers finde it hard to cope with kids? for me its hell!

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Yeh i think it would be tougher for people like us with kids but me personally i feel i'd be a good parent if i ever had any because unlike most people around today i see having kids as a miracle and the best thing that can happen to anyone. As long as you do things the right way that's all you can do

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