Mental Health

Autistic trauma peer support

In 2022 the Autistic Collaboration community is in the process of co-creating and operationalising peer support services for Autistic Trauma based on the lived experiences of Autistic people all over the world. We invite our Autistic peers (you) to contribute lived experience.

Life with Autism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Cats

After surviving a war zone in Saudi Arabia and Beirut and returning to the US, David Chin found himself face down in a puddle in a grocery store parking lot, screaming “AIR RAID!” when he heard thunder. He was diagnosed with PTSD and told to get a pet.

From pseudo-philosophical psychiatrists to openly Autistic culture

The cultural bias that is baked into the pathologising framing of the diagnostic process compounds the trauma and perpetuates internalised ableism. We urgently need to educate healthcare professionals and the wider public about the neurodiversity paradigm, the neurodiversity movement, and Autistic culture.

Onwards: International panels on banning all forms of conversion therapies

You are invited to listen to our series of international panel discussions towards comprehensive bans of all forms of conversion therapies. We are building on the results achieved to date, focusing on the human rights violations in countries that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Understanding human collective behaviour

If I would have had access to some magical time machine for procuring books when I was a teenager, it would have spared me many surprises, and I might have been able to avoid a few detours on my journey through life to date.

Autistic people and the fear of death

David Gray-Hammond links the systemic factors that contribute autistic insomnia to the pervasive fear of death many of us experience.

The continuously shifting justifications for pathologising non-conformists

Following the trail of where Hans Asperger picked up the term autism I ended up reading a fascinating 1919 German book by Eugen Bleuler titled ‘Autistic and undisciplined thinking in medicine, and how to overcome it’. The content is not at all what you would think. The sands of pathologisation have shifted significantly.

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