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”

The Mental Health Act (1983) explained

This article briefly walks through the most commonly encountered parts of the mental health act and what they mean for an individual.

Neuroqueer: Depathologising psychiatric “conditions”

A consideration on how neuroqueer theory can be used to depathologise the field of psychiatry and psychiatric conditions.

Coping with psychiatric medication when Autistic

For many of us, medication is a necessary part of life. For a huge portion of the Autistic population, that medication is prescribed by a psychiatrist. Psychiatric medication can be a troublesome topic, psychiatry itself is a relatively young discipline, and can often be found to be neuronormative in nature. It relies on the ideaContinue reading “Coping with psychiatric medication when Autistic”

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”

Mental health and the neurodiversity paradigm

When considering the landscape of mental health, we also have to consider the normalisation of stigma and the dehumanisation of those who are struggling. Since the advent of psychiatric medicine, mental health concerns have been described in pathological language. What if we used the language of the neurodiversity paradigm? How would it impact the wellbeingContinue reading “Mental health and the neurodiversity paradigm”

How the shame cycle barricades us from recovery

They say in life that nothing is certain, but if anything is, then it’s the fact that shame will deny us entry into recovery. I’m going to consider this from the perspective of addiction recovery, although it applies to recovery from any psychological trauma. I merely choose addiction recovery for this article because it makesContinue reading “How the shame cycle barricades us from recovery”