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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

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Paula

Arghhhh can't cope

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Paula   

Still waiting for help I phoned at Xmas saying our son needed either shared lives or supported living we still haven't had an assessment still haven't been assigned a case worker.Unbelievable but he was referred to a specialist autism service who refused him he's a diagnosis of autism ffs it baggers believe and was passed back to adult services.I've rung them again chasing it.He's as I type locked in his room ,not speaking,he's broken things,he comes out when I go out say to walk the dog.I'm so fed up but with all this ,what triggered him this time well he insists we took his blasted Pringles we didn't he ate them but refuses to accept this.I'm annoyed because he's taken things out of my purse and destroyed my weekly bus ticket it had four days left on it.He's smashed his head set for his Xbox and ripped of all his bedding.I'm trying to just think sod you and carry on as normal kind of hurt yourself with your actions you won't get to me but its hard.I'm fivety next year and to be blunt it would be great if he was out by then.Is it wrong to want normality,peace for me and my husband to have a nice home life instead of his .I love him he's our son I hate the fact he's autistic I wish I'd never heard of it,certain aspects of his behaviour never alter the kick offs over nothing,the total disregard for anyone else,the me me attitude,he can be so hurtful and he's so stone cold cold and emotionless .

 

 

 

 

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Paula   

After almost six months someone called and he's been allocated a worker they're coming out next week.

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Social worker says he's better of at home both financially and care wise,deep inside I know this.God I'm so torn on bad days I just want him gone then I feel guilty he's our son we love him.He's gone to a scheme with mencap and it arranges weekends away and holidays and he's of on one in may first time without him in ten years I bet we miss him ..... Social worker thinks if he does more gets our more then he won't want to move out.

I guess this is our life his life its how it is so its best to accept it every time I try to change things I get upset and I'll with the stress.

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