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Survivor Room / Re: relapsed after a while
« Last post by bluebell.x on September 09, 2020, 07:59:35 PM »
Yeah I guess it feels better to talk about it. It's easier than in real life. I feel ok-ish now like I know there's nothing I can do about it, what's happened happened, it's just that I had gone a while. See when I'm at school i feel ok because I'm distracted it's just when i get home I'm immediately hit with a really low mood. I'm trying not to obsess over it, trying to keep my mind busy.
Survivor Room / Re: relapsed after a while
« Last post by Tucan on September 09, 2020, 05:33:22 PM »
Did it help to talk about it? How do you feel now? Returning to school can be a difficult time for young people, especially now as things will be different. Try to not give yourself a hard time over it. Experience says that doesn't help.
Survivor Room / relapsed after a while
« Last post by bluebell.x on September 09, 2020, 04:35:25 PM »
I haven't posted anything here in a while because I had been doing better, still struggling but felt like i was bouncing back and getting back to my normal head space after reaching pretty much rock bottom. I was 2 months clean which is the longest I've gone since before March, until last night. Just feel dissapointed in myself really..feel like I've taken a few steps back. My mental health has always dipped after starting a new school year for some reason and all these feelings are just rushing back, and its awkward in the changing rooms with scars on my legs and arms n stuff, hadn't had to deal with that for 6 months.

Just felt like getting that off my chest somewhere.
Research Topics / Re: Looking for autistic participants :)
« Last post by rmoseley on September 01, 2020, 05:05:20 PM »

There does need to be a lot more research and awareness of these issues even among MH profs, some of them are clueless about ASD.

Thank you so, so much, Vermilion. I am so grateful for your time taking part in my research.  :flower:

I agree - it is so very important that autism is accounted for in all mental health interventions. SO important. :)
Research Topics / Re: Looking for autistic participants :)
« Last post by Vermilion on September 01, 2020, 04:22:55 PM »

There does need to be a lot more research and awareness of these issues even among MH profs, some of them are clueless about ASD.
Research Topics / Looking for autistic participants :)
« Last post by rmoseley on August 28, 2020, 11:43:39 PM »

I am very grateful to the moderators for their generosity in allowing me to share my study here.

I am an autistic autism researcher and long-term self-harmer. As a scientist in the field of psychology, my area of research focus is around mental health, self-injury and suicidality in autistic adults. I have published two papers on this, which can be accessed on the publications part of my profile page: . There is such a heightened risk of suicide in the autistic community, and I am passionate about raising awareness and understanding on this topic, such that hopefully autistic people can be better supported.

I am currently conducting a study looking at the relationship between self-injury and suicidality in autistic adults. It is an online survey, which involves completing a number of questionnaires. It may take up to an hour (typically about 45 minutes), but some people complete it much faster. You can complete the survey over many days and take as many breaks as you need, without losing your place. As a thank you for your time you will receive a £10 Amazon voucher, which we can specify to the country where you live.

To take part, you just need to be above the age of 18, with a diagnosis of autism, Asperger Syndrome or PDD-NOS.

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Once you’ve read it, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for the study if you so wish. You will be asked to enter your email address (we won’t store it at this stage), and the study will then be emailed to you automatically. If once you've read the information sheet you do not want to take part, you can just shut it down - we won't take any details from you, from just clicking the link above. :)

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Thank you so much for your time in reading this advertisement. :)

Kind regards,

Survivor Room / Re: If there was a cure for autism...
« Last post by Gerard on August 27, 2020, 12:22:31 PM »
Survivor Room / Re: Telling an employer about self-harm?
« Last post by Lorien on August 27, 2020, 07:54:39 AM »
How are you doing?

I am open about most things with work but keep any acknowledgement of self harm to absolutely need to know people and only if it's really relevant at the time. I only began to do this when an injury meant I couldn't work for a couple of months. I think most large employers are pretty aware of difficulties people may have but less so with smaller companies - exposure I guess. As far as I know, your employer can't really make there be consequences to where or how you work due to a disclosure like that, unless you both think it would help you to not be at home alone so much.

I would be wary though of explaining the relationship between work and self harm because it might come across badly. Broad strokes are usually best - eg explaining it's more likely if you're very stressed etc.
Survivor Room / Re: Diagnosis process
« Last post by Lorien on August 27, 2020, 07:46:40 AM »
If you want to you could request history via your GP, but if I wanted to know specifically if a diagnosis was in place, I'd call the most recent Psychiatrist's Secretary and request just the most recent clinic letter. There is less chance of refusal, you don't get more information than you need and it won't take forever. Either that or ask your GP directly to check.

I never had an actual assessment for any personality disorder, but had various versions of EUPD or PDNOS recorded before my autism diagnosis when they realised that it was an incorrect diagnosis.despite the fact that I had a good 9 months having weekly appointments with a Psychiatrist at a Therapeutic Community for Personality Disorders.

I don't know if they are supposed to do an assessment as such or if they can use their judgement based on the criteria and a history. My Bipolar diagnosis was done this way - standard appointment discussing historic problems, then made more specific later when they saw patterns. I don't think everything has a full and structured assessment. In fact I'd be willing to bet that more things don't than do. If they have made a decision it will be recorded. But it may well say something like PDNOS, or traits of EUPD, or probable EUPD, depending on what they think. I don't see any problem with telling the GP/people that need to know that is what is written or a simple I don't know. That isn't self diagnosis, it's just passing on their wording.
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