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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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Hello all, I am 26 years old, known about this for 4 years. So annoyed that no one knew I had this at all, was difficult growing up and in school. Still hard but knowing makes all the difference, I can compensate and copy other people.


I have not got a diagnosis but between me and my girlfriend we are sure I have aspergers. I know it is not pronounced in me, I do not have any issue with certain sounds except loud music. Social side is the biggest issue, I'm just glad someone pointed it out to me. It makes me so angry to think of all the people who cannot recognise the signs. And being organised, not sure if I am or I just gave up trying? Everything else fits.


Tried to get diagnosed twice, first time did not get completed as a I moved regions (from Shropshire to sunny Monmouthshire :) ). And the second time required me to travel home within 30 days (14 of which were used sending me the letter) to fill out the form and send back, which made it impossible without a car and with a job.


Have not tried to get diagnosed since, been thinking about it recently.


Very interested in computers and computer games, collect as many as I can. Also I like airsoft, guns, history, science, the news (cannot get enough, really bad addiction to the news), got to know everything.


I think really why I am here is to meet other people, I get depressed and am worried about where my mind is going. Want to speak to people who understand.


Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts,



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Hi alex


You are in the riggt place to meet like minded souls


I too was certain and a gf helped me too. They often see it more than we do


Keep pushing for your diagnosis


I didn't get mine till age 36!


Your story sounds bit like me so add me if you like

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Hi and welcome hope you find some answers soon

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