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Autistic at Times of Covid-19 – Sunday 11th October 2020: On Executive Function and Co-morbid Neurodivergences #1

Hi everyone! Apologies for the lack of a blog the past two weekends. Two weeks ago, I was celebrating my partner’s 25th birthday with trips to Bath and Oxford on subsequent days. Last weekend I was so tired I couldn’t speak. I tried to write a blog but I didn’t make enough sense to push...

Wim Helsen in Heden Soup!

Sunday 23rd August 2020 – Autistic Coding on Stage : Dear Evan Hansen, The View Upstairs and me – #1

Hi everyone! This is a longer-form piece of analysis of the autistic coding of certain characters in three recent examples of popular musical theatre shows. If that’s not to your interest, there are other pages on the internet ;-). It will be in two or three parts, discussing the context of autistic coding, then apply...

Autistic at Times of Covid-19: Sunday 16th August 2020 – Video! + On Violence and Radicalisation #1

Hello everyone. In this blog I will discuss extremism, violence – including violence against women – and radicalisation. Therefore, if you are unwilling or unable to read this blog – I completely understand. Not every blog is for you, there’s nothing wrong with that. Watch my co-chairing a session for Autistica’s Research Festival this year...

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...

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...

Autistic in times of Covid-19 – Wednesday 8th April 2020

These are a collection of thoughts that occurred to me over the past few days and that might be useful. They are unedited, often unfocused and might appear in different contexts afterwards. When I desperately need to get work done, my procrastination-instinct takes over. Though after years of working with an often flaky attention-span, I’ve...

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