Sunday 10th January 2021 – Autistic (+ ADHD!) at Times of Covid-19: Locked Down + Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria

What a week. So this week my partner and I had to shelter in place. It’s not been great. I didn’t realise how much I needed to be outside. Since, at least in mainstream culture, the use of the term “freedom” has often stood for “the freedom of the strong to destroy the vulnerable” (see...

Sunday 27th December 2020: A Look Back + Autistic Escape + Okapi!

Hi everyone! Sorry about not having the blog out last week – I had a brain freeze and needed to rest. The day before was my 33rd birthday. It’s been a big year for me, as it has been for everyone. The world looks like a very different place now than it did in 2019,...

Sunday 13th December 2020: Bad News and Resilience

CW: discussions of severe mental distress and suicidal ideation. Hi everyone, I know, I know, it’s been far too long. These four weeks I haven’t had an entry were due to the first few weeks of a new job. That new job is gone now. I’ve had to apply for Universal Credit. It’s ironic, that...

The View UpStairs

Sunday 30th August 2020 – Autistic Coding on Stage : Dear Evan Hansen, The View UpStairs and me – #2

Hello everyone! Here is part two of my analysis of autistic coding in musical theatre. If you haven’t read last week’s blog about being on stage, please do. Find it here:https://jorikmol.com/sunday-23rd-august-2020-autistic-coding-on-stage-dear-evan-hansen-the-view-upstairs-and-me-1/ As before, trigger warnings for violence and emotional abuse and spoilers for absolutely everything. Autistic coding is different in the theatre than in the...

Autistic in Times of Covid-19 – 2nd August 2020: On Preparation

Hi everybody! This week I’m taking a break from talking about depression in order to focus on a more executive function-related topic: preparation. How do I, as an autistic person, prepare for potentially stressful situations? I haven’t found a lot in the literature about autistic preparation strategies, though I’m happy to be proven wrong. As...

Jorik having a cuddle with Tiger

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Sunday 26th July – Back in the Game + On Depression #1

Note: 27th July 2020 – I was given some very useful feedback about the references. I have removed a source that according to a scientist friend was harder to justify than the other sources. Hi everyone. I’ve been away for over a month. This is because of a depressive episode I’ve spent the past few...

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Sunday 14th June 2020 – Reduction #4 + Taking Action

Where Jorik accepts that, for now, productivity is not priority 1 and provides links to amplify the situations three young autistic men of colour find themselves in. Black Lives Matter.

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Sunday 7th June 2020 – How to Keep Safe at a Protest When You’re Autistic!

A guide on precautions for protesting while autistic.

Jorik with Chapped Lips

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Monday 1st June 2020 – Reduction #3 + Autistic Bodies #1

Where Jorik is still reducing medication and talks about autistic bodies, which often respond to medical treatment in unexpected ways - leading to dire consequences.

Autistic in Times of Covid-19: Sunday 24th May 2020 – Reduction #2 + Executive Function #1

Hi everyone! I’m in the second week of reducing the Quietiapine. Over the past week I’ve moved from more-or-less incapacitated to actually starting to reap the benefits of reducing. I’m sleeping through a little less, waking up at 5, 6 and 2:21 respectively, but still getting back to sleep. This is a thing that’s happened...

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