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”

Where psychosis and autism meet: The bitter pill to swallow

I am Autistic. I also have a psychotic condition. One might wonder why these two things are even related, and yet they share an intimate relationship. As an Autistic person, I have a monotropic bodymind. I hyperfocus into a subject, and find it very difficult to switch tracks, even when those tracks are taking meContinue reading “Where psychosis and autism meet: The bitter pill to swallow”

The weight of recovery

As many of you know if you have followed this website for a period of time, I am in recovery from addiction and psychosis. I have spoken extensively of my experiences from when these things were in an active state for me, but today I want to zoom in on the experience of recovery. Recovery.Continue reading “The weight of recovery”

What is psychosis and how can I recognise it?

There are many myths about psychosis. Chief among them that those of us who experience it are dangerous individuals. While there are predictors of violence towards others in psychosis (such as co-occuring substance use), generally those experiencing psychosis are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. As Autistic people, or parents of AutisticContinue reading “What is psychosis and how can I recognise it?”

[Feature] Paranoid Schizophrenia: A story in pictures

In this post, I will be showcasing the artwork of Blake Jackson, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Blake draws pictures of his psychotic experiences, and it is my hope that you will all learn from these pieces of art. This piece is called ” Beauty of the beast” This creature first appeared to me around twoContinue reading “[Feature] Paranoid Schizophrenia: A story in pictures”

Addiction, mental health, and my fear of relapse

I have spoken extensively about my struggles with addiction and psychosis. I have talked about what it was like to be in that headspace. I have talked about what it was like to enter recovery. What I haven’t spoken much about is my headspace 5 years on. Addiction and psychosis were terrifying experiences, but truthfullyContinue reading “Addiction, mental health, and my fear of relapse”

Autism, addiction, and my need for control

I have learned a great deal about myself through self-reflection over the last 5 years of sobriety, but one lesson was considerably difficult to learn. I like to think of myself as a friendly and generally happy and fun person to be around, but the truth is that I need control. I need control overContinue reading “Autism, addiction, and my need for control”

I am autistic, I am an addict, I am mentally ill

As self-advocates, we are often met with suggestions of how we should discuss ourselves. It’s deeply frustrating because it suggests that we have forgotten our own humanity, but unsurprisingly, we do not need to be reminded that we are people. You will hear me use identity First language a lot. This is not because IContinue reading “I am autistic, I am an addict, I am mentally ill”