Parenting and me, part 1 – the early years as a parent on the spectrum

I became a parent to a beautiful daughter at the age of 20. In the grand scheme of things these days this isn't that 'young' an age to first become a parent. To me it was though, emotionally immature and struggling in life I hadn't moved much forwards from the mental age of 16. I've …

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Finding shelter from the storm, emotional dis-regulation and me

Emotional dis-regulation, it's hardly a snazzy blog title is it? I didn't really know what it was until it was described to me last year. I recognised that at times I get overwhelmed, but never had a name for it. Often I respond to feelings without really knowing what is going on, I find it …

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Reading and me, a review of Odd Girl Out

As a young child I loved reading. I was a prolific reader, and would often read at least 7 books a week. I would pick a particular type of book and would obsessively read through everything I could get my hands on. My routine as a child would be to go to the library on …

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Self Harm and me

Today I was having a conversation with someone about children and mental health difficulties. In the conversation it came up that they wondered if self harm was an attention seeking activity. It's possible I misunderstood what they mean't, or didn't quite process what they were saying correctly, so this post isn't an attack on what …

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Interviews

  The National Autistic Society have published a video about interviews. I recently went through having to attend multiple interviews having given up my job of 12 years. It was a terrifying experience, but I got through it with the help of Bristol Mental Health employment service. Preparation I was so scared about the first …

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