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”

Autism, diagnosis, identity, and culture

For a long time now, we have heard the phrase “If you have met one Autistic person, you have met one Autistic person”. This saying is an oversimplification of the fact that Autistic people have a wide variety of experiences, privileges, and neurocognitive styles. The question I want you to ask yourself is this: WhyContinue reading “Autism, diagnosis, identity, and culture”

“Why are you so quiet?” Autistic voices and the fight to be heard

Society is built upon a surprising number of rules that, when fully considered, seem rather arbitrary. In actual fact, societies rules are not arbitrary at all. They are deliberately designed to keep minority groups quiet while amplifying the voice of the oppressors. I think most Autistic people have come across this particular micro-aggression. Sat inContinue reading ““Why are you so quiet?” Autistic voices and the fight to be heard”

Spirituality and my Autistic experience

A discussion of what spirituality looks like for me as an Autistic individual, and why it does not fit into the objective boxes of traditional religion.

The tin can conundrum: the problem with “labels”

What is the tin can conundrum? If autism isn’t a label, what is it? is diagnosis necessary? this article aims to answer these questions, and considers the nature of our current system and the structural oppression of neurodivergent people.

Neuroqueer: Gender Identity and Autistic Embodiment

This article looks at neuroqueer theory and the Autistic embodiment of gender. It considers how one might construct their gender, and how being Autistic queers our ideas of gender.

Guest Post: What is monotropic split?

Tanya Adkin lays out the concept of monotropic split, and how it is at the root of various critical moments for Autistic people.

Autistic people and the burnout-psychosis cycle

Trigger Warning: This article discusses burnout and psychosis While it is evident to myself and my colleagues that Autistic people have a predisposition towards psychotic phenomenon, it seems to be a relatively new discovery to many of the mental health professionals I have talked to. Research that is non pathological in this area is sparse.Continue reading “Autistic people and the burnout-psychosis cycle”

Neuroqueer: An introduction to theory

This article was Co-Authored by David Gray-Hammond, Katie Munday, and Tanya Adkin The emergence and popularisation of Neuroqueer theory in the contemporary disability rights discourse and Autistic rights movement represents a significant step forward. Not only does it encourage pride in ones true self, but it emancipates the Neurologically Queer from the normative attitudes thatContinue reading “Neuroqueer: An introduction to theory”

Back to the corner: Psychoactive drug use, my Autistic experience

Some 4(ish) years ago, my debut blog post on this website was Standing on the corner: Where autism and addiction meet shortly covered by Recovery services as an Autistic adult. Back then My writing was merely an attempt to scream into the void, offloading my frustrations. Little did i know that in 4 years, myContinue reading “Back to the corner: Psychoactive drug use, my Autistic experience”