I’ve launched my own business! DGH Neurodivergent Consultancy!

For a while now, it has been a dream of mine to make Autistic knowledge sharing my career. I love the Autistic community, and want to help improve the environments thar we exist in. That is why I am happy to announce DGH Neurodivergent Consultancy. Launching this business will help me keep my writing andContinue reading “I’ve launched my own business! DGH Neurodivergent Consultancy!”

Ben Nelson-Roux and Chris Nota: Two tragic tales of systemic failings

This article was Co-Authored by Tanya Adkin and David Gray-Hammond Trigger Warning: Death, drug and alcohol use, suicide, systemic failure, mental health crisis, inpatient psychiatric care. The 13th of September 2022 saw the opening of inquests into the deaths of two teenage boys. Ben On the 8th of April 2020, Kate Roux forced her wayContinue reading “Ben Nelson-Roux and Chris Nota: Two tragic tales of systemic failings”

Is mental “illness” actually the brain trying to protect itself?

Up until about a year ago, I still sat firmly in the camp that, while I viewed myself as multiply neurodivergent, I was mentally ill. Over the past year I have been unlearning this lesson, and realising that mental “illness” is completely unquantifiable, and instead, I was suffering because I had been repeatedly traumatised, andContinue reading “Is mental “illness” actually the brain trying to protect itself?”

Neuronormativity, the pathologisation of Mental health, and the normalising of suffering

In recent years mental health has become more widely talked about, thanks to the popularisation of the “it’s okay not to be okay” trope. On the surface this is a wonderful approach to the normalisation of Mental health issues, but does it have a darker side? There are currently over 300 “disorders” listed in theContinue reading “Neuronormativity, the pathologisation of Mental health, and the normalising of suffering”

Creating Autistic Suffering: Professionals, why don’t they know?

This article was co-authored by David Gray-Hammond and Tanya Adkin Trigger Warning: Injustice, professionals, Autistic suffering, mentions of theory of mind, weak central coherence, and older autism theory. We often sit and have conversations about our work. We never cease to be astounded at the lack of basic autism knowledge out in the world. We’reContinue reading “Creating Autistic Suffering: Professionals, why don’t they know?”

Creating Autistic Suffering: Clustered injustice compounds minority stress in Autistic experiences

This article was co-authored between David Gray-Hammond and Tanya Adkin Trigger Warning: Injustice, mental health, systemic oppression, minority stress, fabricated and induced illness, stigma. “The state creates the rules and dictates the processes to be followed: processes that fragment, silo, and compartmentalise, and in doing so, generate the complexity that is the root cause ofContinue reading “Creating Autistic Suffering: Clustered injustice compounds minority stress in Autistic experiences”

Guide to starting new psychiatric medication for Autistic people

This article is not intended as medical advice, please speak to your prescriber for any medical questions pertaining to medication. This article is something of a survival guide based on my own experiences, other’s experiences may differ. Recently I started a new medication on the advice of my psychiatrist. This is the event that hasContinue reading “Guide to starting new psychiatric medication for Autistic people”

Creating Autistic suffering: Failures in identification

This article was co-authored between David Gray-Hammond and Tanya Adkin Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of systemic abuse and trauma inflicted by professionals. Some of the research cited contains person-first language and other problematic or ableist language. There is also discussion of sexism and racism. The first part of this series looked at theContinue reading “Creating Autistic suffering: Failures in identification”

Autistically medicated: the journey to find what works

My name is David, and I have to take a ton of medication to stay healthy. It’s taken years to find the balance, and recently, one of the main medications has had to be changed. Currently I am taking aripiprazole, paliperidone, mirtazapine, trazodone, promethazine and propranolol for my mental health (although the paliperidone will soonContinue reading “Autistically medicated: the journey to find what works”

Prescription addiction: a significant risk to Autistics

When I was using alcohol and drugs, a lot of them were illicit substances or novel psychoactives. But there was a group of drugs that made up the bulk of my drug use, and that was prescription medication. Specifically I was addicted to opiates, benzodiazepines, and a lesser known drug called pregabalin. My use ofContinue reading “Prescription addiction: a significant risk to Autistics”