The life and death(?) of a special interest: navigating fluctuating autistic ability, passion and motivation

  Preamble Back in June/July I started what was meant to be a 3-part series on my autistic burnout/mental health episode. I wrote two posts back then, but it’s taken me until now, November, to write the third and final instalment (which by now has actually morphed into a fourth instalment too). Whilst I don’t think … Continue reading The life and death(?) of a special interest: navigating fluctuating autistic ability, passion and motivation

Autventures in Central Asia: Reflections on Autistic Travel and Mental Health

I am excited to write this blog post (though warning, it is long and becomes rambly in places)! It’s been precisely 3 weeks since I last sat down at my computer and with plenty of time and space and calm to do some reflecting. It’s also nice to return to doing the sort of activity I feel … Continue reading Autventures in Central Asia: Reflections on Autistic Travel and Mental Health

Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 2)

PROCESSING AN AUTISM DIAGNOSIS: A road map for overcoming negative thoughts/emotions and focusing on the positive / Negative thoughts & emotions / 1 - Stigma of autism in society 2 - The reality of many negatives associated with autism 3 - Worry about negative perceptions from others. Possible negative reactions to disclosure. 4 - Sadness at … Continue reading Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 2)

Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 1)

An autism diagnosis (as well as the often ongoing process of disclosing and witnessing other people’s reactions) can play on your mind and heart in innumerable ways, giving rise to a whole host of often mixed and confusing thoughts and emotions. One of the biggest things I struggled with post diagnosis was trying to make … Continue reading Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 1)