Clinical features of suicide attempts in adults with autism spectrum disorders

How to help those with ASD in a suicide attempt

Left Brain Right Brain

For those who don’t read Left Brain/Right Brain regularly, know that I am constantly bothered by the lack of attention to understanding the needs of autistic adults that I see in much of the ongoing research and in many parent-advocacy groups. My child is still somewhat young, but I realize that real understanding comes with time. Not only will attention to autistic adults provide benefit for those already of age, but it will set the stage for a better life for the autistic children of today.

When I see an study titled “Clinical features of suicide attempts in adults with autism spectrum disorders”, I am taken aback by just how serious this question is. The study out of Japan is preliminary but they found 7.3% of patients seen for attempted suicide are autistic. Take whatever prevalence for autism among adults you think is appropriate. I suspect the autism prevalence in…

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An Example of how to Listen to a Patient

Dear Mental Health Staff 👋

An Example of How NOT to listen:

💬 “I’m really struggling with the idea of going on Holiday because I struggle with change of environment”

❎ “It’ll be great. You’ll really enjoy it. Holidays are really great. Kay. Bye”

In this example, the staff member has tried to reassure the person – with good intentions. They wish to encourage the person to “think positively”. However what they’ve actually done inadvertently, is to invalidate their thoughts & feelings. The staff gave their own opinion, rather than understanding that of the patient. There is a reason why the person feels this way – unlocking their true feelings & worries is the key to allowing them to release their pain. Trying to understand a perspective other than your own shows that you care. The person doesn’t want you to cover up their feelings with positivity. They want you to care.

What would have been better:

💬 “I’m really struggling with the idea of going on Holiday because I struggle with change of environment”

☑ “Okay. Tell me more about why you feel that.”


Please, be kind.

Asperger’s, Wokingham Borough Council and Me


Dear Reader,

I want to tell you about something that’s happened with me over the last few months

Wokingham Borough Council are launching an investigation into the fact that I’m not at the Flat I rented.

I was living in an environment that was harmful, even detrimental to my health. I struggle to care for myself due to lots of disabilities. I struggled.


My care coordinator decided that I needed supported living to help me. But Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) told us that they did not provide any.
There were no further options and in my stony place I decided to rent a Flat, because I needed an answer and I needed some respite.

I started to move, but added to my distress came overwhelming suicidal thoughts. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s, when this move triggered attempted suicide. Since then I have not been able to move to the Flat, because of the risk involved. £4,200 is down the drain…

On 28th July, I was told Wokingham Borough Council are launching an “investigation” into me because I’m not living at my Flat, I am living at home. I’ve been told by my Mental Health Team that:

“Wokingham Borough Council have been keeping an eye on my Facebook posts as part of their investigation.”

I am a disabled person and I am trying to survive. Wokingham Borough Council have not helped me out. Espionage is crude. I feel like a bug, squashed down but I am important.


Thankyou for reading and solidarity to disabled people,





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Borderline Personality Disorder; A Dumping Ground of a Diagnosis!

Too true!

The Triumphant Weed

The term Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was first coined by Adolf Stern in 1938, to describe what he percieved to be patients who were suffering from a mild form of Schizophrenia and thus were seen to be on the borderline between neurosis and psychosis. In the 1960’s and 70’s these ideas changed, now rather than being seen as Borderline Schizophrenia, it was instead viewed as a mood disorder, having similarities to Bipolar Affective Disorder and Cyclthymia with its variability, volatility ad intensity of moods. Finally with the introduction of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) in 1980, it was labelled as a Personality Disorder and given its current name. It is now one of ten personlaity disorders that exist, though BPD by far being the most heavily diagnosed in today’s modern society.

The criteria for BPD is as follows;

(1) Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do…

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This is an important message from an Aspie sufferer to BPD sufferers

“This is an important message. From an Aspie sufferer.”

BPD autism

I that think over time, various people as part of Mind Our Minds have realised that

1. Many people with BPD feel misunderstood
2. Some people have gone from a diagnosis of BPD to that of female Asperger’s.


It’s not the case in every experience, but sometimes when a person w/ supposed BPD goes on a long time not finding treatment helpful, or where they have real ongoing turmoils & troubles, it can turn out that they are struggling with Autism/Asperger’s.

If you are a female (or indeed male) with BPD and you are really struggling or feel that BPD does not quite fit, I would urge you to gauge your rough likelihood of having Autism or not as honestly as you can here

If there is (I would say unlikely) a roughly above average chance Asperger’s/Autism may be the diagnosis that fits you, I would make an appointment with your GP or Care Coordinator to discuss it, (taking a list of the key things from the link test that ring most true with you).

I wanted people to be aware of this, because I think it’s too important.



N.B.  I have chosen this test because as someone who has an ASD, it raises the most key essential traits of it. No idea why it’s on Embarrassing Bodies – that’s an issue to take up with Channel 4 – but despite that it is a good guide!!



Working With Mind Our Minds

Hope at hand

We’re excited to announce that very soon we will be working with a great group of people called ‘Mind Our Minds’.

We aim to join together, combine research, raise awareness, and overall work WITH NHS officials to improve mental health services for all.

Of course as HAH, we focus on student mental health, and this will be a priority during our work with Mind Our Minds, but if we can help support improvements for ALL at the same time, why not?!

Mind Our Minds

Lead by service users, for service users to guide each other through the process and work with NHS officials to improve mental health services for all.

“I bet there are more people suffering with these mental health services than us. I bet we can do something about it.”

What started off 2 years ago, with one comment sparking an idea to reach out to others also…

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A Letter To My Psychiatrist

Hope at hand

I’ve found myself in your office like many I’ve been in before. You sit before me asking questions I don’t know the answers to.

The same questions I’ve been asked before, and despite my impatience and lack of answers, please know I’m grateful. Grateful that you want to know my issues from my point of view, to get a full picture, rather than assuming you know best from the opinions of others in notes you’ve read about me. Nevertheless, thank you for taking the time to read them.

But before you, I was told to google it to learn about this ‘illness’ I’m living with, not that I like accepting I’m ‘ill’. Before you there were many doctors who never really listened or understood. So, please be patient as I learn to open up to yet another doctor in the hope that this time, it won’t fall on deaf ears.

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