Into the darkness early: just a clock change, or a deeper social problem?

The clocks have been reset to a timewarp that ushers out the daylight at 5 p.m. When I would normally still be in thinking mode the darkness outside the window is telling my brain to slow down and to relax into the comfort of the evening: to swap the paperwork for a good book, to…

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World Mental Health Day

The parallel universe of mental health. It’s 2019 and the theme for World Mental Health Day is Suicide Prevention. My header image is my way of illustrating how mental illness is perceived. Alongside the diagnoses are the words people use to describe us. Fear? Confusion? Lack of knowledge? Misinformation? Whatever the reason, mental illness is…

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Have you had an adverse reaction that has taken you by surprise?

Do you find yourself having to explain stuff that shouldn’t need explaining? Or had negative feedback from someone you thought would understand?I really don’t think I’m the only one.Join the club. I’ve written about this previously but something happened the other day that made me want to visit the subject again. I was on Facebook.…

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Marilyn, The Opera; or Life with Echolalia

Anytime, day and night, I make noises. It is one of my things that gets me through moments when living with being autistic gets tough. Perhaps humming, clicking my tongue, mumbling, or copying words and sounds – whatever it is, it can seem totally random, and nonsensical. For me it is just one of my…

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Hating OCD: and it’s not a diagnosed problem for me

I really feel for those of you with OCD as a diagnosed condition. Mine is a by-product of other difficulties, but it sucks. At the moment I’m so tired of having to retrace my steps to give the very centre of my door knobs a final push. And touching the edge of the lever handles.…

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