Thursday, 28 February 2013

AS not to be included in DSM-V.

Asperger's Syndrome will not be included in the new edition of DSM-V, due to be released in May 2013. Personally I'm relieved, there are far too many conditions already included in the Manual.

I've watched a programme a couple of times, on Sky 200 (Controversial TV, “Edge Media”), about the ridiculous additions to the Manual, even including babies! Try and catch the programme, it should be repeated sometime soon. Incidentally, this Sky channel shows many brilliant programmes, most of which the mainstream media won't bother to broadcast. No surprise there though, the mainstream media is carefully controlled after all. 

Follow these links for details concerning the new Manual:

Asperger’s syndrome to be dropped from mental disorders manual (DSM-5). 

Asperger's not in DSM-5 mental health manual.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a great 2012 and have an even better 2013 (Sorry I'm a little late!).

As per usual, if you have any constructive comments then please contact me.


Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Share your stories with us.

Hi everyone,

If you have a story relating to autism or Asperger's Syndrome, whether positive or negative, which you would like to share with us, by all means please do so.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and Non-verbal Learning Disorder (NLD).

AS and NLD can, unfortunately, lead to social interaction problems and even depression, consequently family, relatives and friends should be vigilant to notice these consequences, which the sufferers normally find impossible or very difficult to be aware of and discuss.

The following article explains the situation in much more detail: "Social Aspects of Asperger Syndrome and Non-verbal Learning Disorder"

Friday, 31 August 2012

Anyone interested in starting an Asperger's Syndrome and autism support group for adults?

I was wondering if anyone whom is interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) would like to join me in starting an ASD support group for adults with AS or autism, and of course, not forgetting their long suffering families, in the Rhondda. So if you've had an ASD diagnosis, or in the process of, or suspect you might have, then please get in touch. Also, if there are any families, friends, carers or any one else interested then please do contact me. Perhaps we could all work together and make it a reality. So if you believe you have something of value to contribute, please let me know.

As I've received a diagnosis of AS i.e. not proficient in social skills, I would prefer someone else to take a leading role and leave me to work tirelessly in the background.

You can contact me by leaving a comment, for all to see, or use my email address, which can be found in my profile on the right (just scroll down).

So if you are interested, don't walk away and forget, please get in touch now!

Monday, 23 July 2012

What exactly are Asperger's Syndrome and autism?

They are both on the autism spectrum and are known as, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), and that's as far as I'm going. Obviously there are much more qualified people than me, and the best possible advice I can give is to tell you to visit, The National Autistic Society, which is a UK charity.

If you require more detailed information on the situation in Wales, especially RCT County Borough Council (the area where I live), then by all means return to this blog.

Please contact me if you require any further assistance, I'll try my utmost to help.

I wish you all the best in your journey of understanding.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

GPs guided on how to identify ASDs.

New guidance has been given to family doctors on how to recognise Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in adults, for the purpose of receiving assistance. I was diagnosed in 2002, but have never received any help whatsoever. We, people with ASDs, have been promised much over the years, but I've yet to experience anything constructive. For example, what's happening with the Welsh Government's ASD Strategic Action Plan? I've become disillusioned with all these promises!

Anyway, if you feel compelled to learn more about the "new guidance" then go to the article, "Guidance offered to GPs on spotting autism", and for those of you who need in-depth detail, and I'm not one of them, click here, "Autism: recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults on the autism spectrum."

Sorry for my lack of enthusiasm in writing this post but, as I said above, nothing positive has happened in my life in the last 10 years bearing in mind all the "work" done by these various organisations. I wonder how much they get paid?

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Recent report highlights problems facing people with an ASD.

Unfortunately, according to a new report published by The NAS, isolation and bullying is widespread in children, young people and adults whom suffer from Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

For the full story go to: "Isolation and bullying colours the lives of too many young people with autism", where you will also be able to download the new report: "The way we are: autism in 2012".

Monday, 30 April 2012

Dr. Wakefield revisited.

I am probably right in believing that many people have become disinterested in the Dr Wakefield saga pertaining to his “controversial” comment about the MMR vaccine and its possible connection with autism spectrum disorders, but thought it about time it was mentioned on my blog again. Apparently, and in Dr. Wakefield's defence, he only “offered a cautionary recommendation” concerning the MMR vaccine. Furthermore, and also more worrying, other vaccines for various diseases have also been suspected of causing unwanted and dangerous side effects. In my opinion, all vaccines should be thoroughly tested for many years before being used on people.

Anyway, if you read this article, “In Defence of Dr. Wakefield”, with its many links to other sources, I believe you will find the information of great value.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Positive aspects of autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

Recent UK research shows that people with an ASD are more proficient at processing information than their neurotypical (NT) counterparts, which places them at an advantage when working in the IT field. More positive news that will hopefully see increasing numbers of ASD sufferers entering employment, many for the first time after years of unemployment. Follow the link below for the full story: 

"Autism Linked to Superior Information Processing Skills."