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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Today’s not getting any better…

but at least I know things will improve. Soon. Many people don’t have that luxury. I am humbled by that knowledge. My problem? I’ve been feeling unwell for a few days. Physical stuff. Until I can get to see the Surgery Practice Nurse I won’t know if it’s tonsillitis or not. In the meantime I’m…

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When the struggle is brushing unbearable, part 3

Reason to go on: Bloody-mindedness Wanting to be back teaching but without the relentless pressures I’d had in my last post, I applied for positions with little responsibility outside my classroom. Even so, I only managed 12 months. In my second post the bullying by senior colleagues, over just one term, pushed me to the…

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