During the hot lockdown summer of 2020, I applied to take part in the trial of a ‘new’ psychiatric drug. The drug on test was Psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient found in magic mushrooms. The trial, undertaken at Kings College Hospital in London, was to study the potential benefits of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression. This is a condition I have struggled with for decades and wondered if psilocybin could cure my seemingly Read More
Looking For Normal is my story of growing up in an era when autism was not a word often heard. Autistic children in the 1950s and 60 were often mis-diagnosed with schizophrenia. Autism did not become a diagnosable condition until the early 1980’s, and Asperger Syndrome in the 1990’s. Read More
Timothy Blossom sees the world differently to other people.
Barbara, Timothy’s mother, says this is due to his ‘special wiring’, a concept he struggles to understand – as does Bert Blossom, probably the grumpiest dad in East Winslow.
Timothy is twelve years, three months and five days old. He also happens to be the brainiest kid at Highcrest Manor School, but only when it comes to science. When it comes to tying his shoelaces, well… that’s another matter.
‘Officially Brilliant’ is about the year Timothy finds out he has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Or the ‘A-word’ as he calls it. It’s also about his blossoming friendship with, of all people, Adrian Wilkes; the single most annoying excuse for a human on the entire planet.
How will Timothy cope with the complexities of making friends and becoming a teenager?
Find out in ‘Timothy Blossom – Officially Brilliant.’ Read More
Anna C. Wilson’s book A Place For Everything, describes her mother’s autism diagnosis at 72 years of age. Watch the video. Read More
I used to hear people on the autistic spectrum say they do not wish to be defined by their autism, and until recently, I never really understood what they meant by this. Read More
In February 2019, my world crashed into a life-shattering wall of all-consuming clinical depression. Following 6 months of increasingly poor mental health, I could go no further in any direction. I feared that I had plunged so deep into the well of despair and hopelessness that perhaps life was simply to painful to carry on. Read More
It could be the autism talking, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not cut out for city life. Or, perhaps I should change that to: I would love city life if it wasn’t for all the people, the noise, the traffic, the dirt, the concrete, the pollution, the distinct lack of greenery, but mostly it’s the people–there’s just too many people. London’s bustling streets represent little more to me than a Read More
Can you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder if you have autism? Read More
OCD-ACTION Annual Facilitator DayBirmingham 2017 On November 4th, ocd-action kindly invited me to speak about autism at their annual facilitator’s event in Birmingham, UK. This is due to the rise in people with OCD asking them for advice that are also on the autistic spectrum. I spoke for around an hour to groups of OCD support groups from around the country, that are brought together each year in order to attend Read More
Lets Talk About Autism StereotypesCLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEOOnce I overheard a doctor say; ”Oh, so he’s on the autistic spectrum…they are very high achievers you know.” Now that’s a doctor that needs to check her facts.So lets bust some other myths about autism.STEREOTYPE NUMBER ONEYes, I have a clinical diagnosis of high functioning autism. but does this mean I have a passion for science fiction? Absolutely no it Read More