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  • David Gray-Hammond

    David Gray-Hammond is an Autistic, ADHD, and Schizophrenic author. He wrote "The New Normal: Autistic musings on the threat of a broken society" and "Unusual Medicine: Essays on Autistic experience and drug addiction". He works as a consultant, mentor, trainer, and advocate, with a particular focus on the intersection between Autistic experience and substance use/complex mental health concerns. He has worked with Clinical Commissioning Groups on harm reduction schemes and to represent the rights of neurodivergent people in substance use treatment. He can be found online, or spending time with his family.

Autism, Autistic Community, Autistic Parenting, Autistic Rights, Autistic Wellbeing, Healthcare, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment Rights, neurodiversity, Society

How the uncertainty in CAMHS processes harms Autistic children and families

Autistic people are somewhat renowned for struggling with sudden change and uncertainty. While not necessarily universal, it is prevalent enough to be a talking... Read more.
Autism, Autistic Rights, Autistic Wellbeing, disability, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment Rights, neurodiversity, Restraint and Seclusion, Society, Trauma

I just watched the channel 4 documentary on Autistic inpatients: thing need to change

On Channel 4 in the UK there is currently a documentary from their dispatches series called “Locked Away: Our autism scandal”. This is a very upsett... Read more.
Addiction, Addiction Treatment Rights, ADHD, AuDHD, Autism, Autistic Community, Autistic Wellbeing, General Wellbeing, Healthcare, Mental Health, neurodiversity, OCD, Schizophrenia, Society

Understanding Autistic people’s relationship with drug use

The post discusses the substantial problem of addiction among individuals with Autism. It highlights the tendency for Autistic people to self-medicate using dru... Read more.
Addiction, Autism, Autistic Parenting, Autistic Wellbeing, disability, Mental Health, neurodiversity, Trauma

On being the neurodivergent child of an alcoholic parent

This article is an anonymous guest post I was informally diagnosed with C-PTSD in 2017, aged 41, then formally diagnosed aged 46. I self-identified then was pro... Read more.
Autistic Culture, Autistic Rhizome, Autistic Rights, disability, neurodiversity, Neurofuturism, philosophy, Society

AuDHD and the politics of neurodivergent embodiment

When living life as an AuDHD (Autistic and ADHD) person, we often find ourselves falling prey to the propaganda of Western society’s neoliberalism. The en... Read more.
Addiction, Autism, Autistic Education, Autistic Rights, Autistic Wellbeing, General Wellbeing, neurodiversity, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Society, Trauma

Being an Autistic bullying victim led to my schizophrenia

I was bullied into a state where I no longer knew what was real or who I could trust. Teachers and students alike did this to me. Is it any surprise I became Sc... Read more.
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