Creating Autistic Suffering: Ableism and discrimination

This article was co-authored between David Gray-Hammond and Tanya Adkin Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion and examples of ableism and discrimination against Autistic and disabled people. Mentions the R-Slur. When you’re first confronted with the word “ableism”, it seems a bit abstract and unreal. This is because it is so ingrained into our societyContinue reading “Creating Autistic Suffering: Ableism and discrimination”

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”

Creating Autistic suffering: In the beginning there was trauma

This article was co-authored between David Gray-Hammond and Tanya Adkin Trigger Warning: Some of the research quoted in this article contains person-first language or references to aspergers. While the authors do not agree with the use of such language, we must access the research and statistics available to us. We are also aware that someContinue reading “Creating Autistic suffering: In the beginning there was trauma”

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”

Apparently Autism needs preventing?

The world is not okay. We are not okay. Autistic people are not okay, S10k has served as a stark reminder that we are treated as a burden upon not just the people that we love, but society as a whole. Autistic people are subject to woefully inaccurate and outdated stereotypes that do a greatContinue reading “Apparently Autism needs preventing?”

Autistic people and suicide: A troubling tale.

It has been known for some time that Autistic people experience suicidal thoughts, ideation, and attempts at a much higher rate than the general population, but one recent piece of commentary paints a stark image of Autistic suffering. South et al (2021) discuss the field of Autistic suicide prevalence. One of the most uncomfortable truthsContinue reading “Autistic people and suicide: A troubling tale.”

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”

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”

Re-earning trust after active addiction

Those of us who have been through, or are currently in active addiction, know all too well that very few people trust us in the early days of recovery. To an extent it’s justified. We cheat, lie, and steal to meet the requirements of our addiction. But what happens when a person stops using? WhenContinue reading “Re-earning trust after active addiction”