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”

Society and its relationship with alcohol

This one is a spur of the moment post. I just read about Macmillan’s “Go sober” campaign to raise money for people affected by cancer. In principle this is a great endeavour. People drinking less is great for public health, and it’s raising money for a worthy cause. You can understand then why I wasContinue reading “Society and its relationship with alcohol”

A moment of temptation: Overcoming a mind that seeks to destroy itself

I have written a lot about making the decision to seek sobriety. What I haven’t talked about is the moment when I realised I was in this for the long haul. Roughly three years ago, I had an accident. I can’t really remember the details of the accident, but it appeared that I had fracturedContinue reading “A moment of temptation: Overcoming a mind that seeks to destroy itself”

UK: We owe our NHS a debt of gratitude that I fear we can never repay

I’m taking a brief break from the regular autism, addiction, and mental health topics to write about something that I think is extremely important here in my country. I’ve just finished watching the BBC workplace drama Casualty. Casualty is set in Holby City hospital’s emergency department, and rarely avoids the difficult conversations. This week, theContinue reading “UK: We owe our NHS a debt of gratitude that I fear we can never repay”