Fighting the void: What is autistic burnout?

In the online autistic community, it is not uncommon to hear about something called “burnout”. This phenomenon is, sadly, quite common, and probably a result of trying to exist in a world that for so many of us is quite frankly hostile. But what is burnout? What follows is an account of my most recentContinue reading “Fighting the void: What is autistic burnout?”

“I am no longer that person”: An autistic addicts journey to self-forgiveness

Many people praise me for my kindness, and ability to engage in open and honest communication in the name of helping people. These days i do my best to be good at these things, but there was once a time when I was not a good person. Let me be completely honest with you. IContinue reading ““I am no longer that person”: An autistic addicts journey to self-forgiveness”

Autism and disability: Reframing our view

Recently i have seen a lot of articles and posts on social media distancing the autistic neurotype from the word disability. For the most part i understand where this is coming from, the word disability has been associated with poor life outcomes, and associated with being somewhat of a burden on society and thus somethingContinue reading “Autism and disability: Reframing our view”

What is MMS and why has it been in the news?

If you’ve been on social media recently you may have noticed stories appearing about people feeding their children bleach in a misguided attempt to “cure” their autism. Specifically the articles refer to a protocol called MMS. MMS is an acronym for Miracle Mineral Solution. First promoted by ex-scientologist Jim Humble in his book ‘The miracleContinue reading “What is MMS and why has it been in the news?”

Professional language surrounding autism

I have spent a lot of time reading about the link between autism and addiction (some may call it a special interest typical of someone on the spectrum), and one thing I’ve noticed is that the language used by professionals, especially scientists, is particularly problematic when it comes to autism. The language used often describesContinue reading “Professional language surrounding autism”

Antivaxxers and Ableism

Back in 1998, a now disgraced former doctor named Andrew Wakefield published a paper called “Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children”. In it he alleged that the MMR vaccine caused Autism. Eventually it came to light that his paper was at the very least, ethically dubious, at worst, it was discoveredContinue reading “Antivaxxers and Ableism”

Recovery services as an autistic adult

In my previous article i discussed the frustration of being autistic in a recovery service that was not designed for people like myself, in this article i intend to go into a bit more detail. There is a problem with substance misuse recovery services. Many if not all of these services do not take intoContinue reading “Recovery services as an autistic adult”

Standing on the corner: Where autism and addiction meet

As an autistic individual, i have faced many challenges over the years, but one of the greatest challenges i have faced was over coming addiction. Many people view addiction as a disease, and as far as diagnostic criteria go, they’re not wrong. I however view addiction as a symptom- a symptom of an unmet supportContinue reading “Standing on the corner: Where autism and addiction meet”