Life and Creativity of a Person living with Multiple Neurological Disorders

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Learning disability or a flawed education system

I don’t struggle with learning a subject that I have a keen interest in and when the learning is done my way and my pace which can be extremely fast but can also cease at the drop of a hat… Continue Reading →

Hiding Neurodiversity in plain sight: A lifetime of Masking, Suppressing and Acting.

Growing up in a violent home, being unnoticed was important, from a very early age I learned the art of masking and suppressing the conditions I didn’t even know I had. The skills that I mastered as a child and… Continue Reading →

Positivity attracts positivity

Our physical and the virtual worlds can become what we allow into them good, bad, or indifferent. Jo Cole, Sadhguru and Jordan Peterson are three names I can say began changes in the direction of my life and self-image. The latter… Continue Reading →

Acceptance is for life

I do not have any issues with awareness and acceptance days, weeks, or months. In fact, I think they are essential and make a big difference, it’s the time in between that I have issue with. I think that we… Continue Reading →

Ode to my Demons

Poetry always seems to come to me at the most unusual times and often links to strong emotions or extreme times with my neurological and mental health. The brain never ceases to suprise me and this time it creates a… Continue Reading →

My Neurologically Challenged Journey

I was asked to write a brief narrative of my life in the context of my neurological disorders and mental health to be used as a part of an educational book. I needed to fit in everything from the abuse… Continue Reading →

This is the way I am, it is who I am

Living with Tourette Syndrome, ADHD and High functioning autism means there are many times I confuse or offend people. I try to explain that I am not deliberately offensive and that this is the way I am, it is who… Continue Reading →

‘The Hyperactive Jellyfish’

As usual I set off late to school with half of a broken pen, splintered shatterproof ruler, rolling eyes and a tic in my neck. Although I arrive late, I just make it to registration, which surprisingly goes well without… Continue Reading →

PTSD and Me

Having so many things to mask and hide growing up and in early adulthood I never realised that I had PTSD until I met somebody much like myself, somebody who also had an abusive childhood, Tourette’s and ADHD. It wasn’t… Continue Reading →

Hidden tics the reality of my stealthy Tourette’s

There have been many occasions I have sat at the end of the day and thought to myself “I haven’t tic’d today”, then one night I realised I had been ticcing and in fact ticcing quite a lot all day…. Continue Reading →

My anxiety and obsessions when catching a train

The phone rings briefly followed by my wife shouting with excitement “your taxi’s here Gordon”. She is not coming with me she is just happy to get some respite from me and have a quiet day. Although I have packed,… Continue Reading →

Obsessive balancing the need for things to be even

Obsessive balancing a term I use personally but what am I referring too? Imagine that your body was so sensitive and in tune with itself that any touch, feeling or sensation is registered in such a way that your brain… Continue Reading →

It is a scary time for some people with Tourette’s

Over the years many people have made big changes in the opinion and understanding of Tourette Syndrome, we have felt more comfortable out in public and less embarrassed about our tic’s. There is still some stigma, lack of understanding and… Continue Reading →

Fight or Flight needs a freeze

From personal experiences, observing friends, family and acquaintances I have concluded that the term fight or flight, a term I use often to describe many situations should have a third addition and that is ‘freeze’. Personally, while under a sensory… Continue Reading →

The Bunsen burnt bench

Something doesn’t feel right today as I walk to school, when i pass through the gates and approach the entrance my whole body feels a bit weird. Opening the double doors they creak loudly, the sound is very irritating and… Continue Reading →

Neurodiversity, Covid 19 and the Lockdown. ‘We need to talk’

For everyone this is a very surreal time indeed, the shops are nothing like they used to be, we are isolated from family and friends, routines for most have been replaced with social distancing measures and the whole world in… Continue Reading →

Tics that go squeak in the night

Between ADHD, Tourette’s and Autism my day is an unpredictable rollercoaster of tics, obsessions, hyperactivity and constant changes in my focus. You would think this would wear me out, but instead it wears out my wife and by the end… Continue Reading →

The angry art teacher

I like Art, It’s a good lesson and I feel less twitchy when I’m busy painting and drawing. Mr Mizer our art teacher looks a bit like a farmer and the word around the school is he actually lives on… Continue Reading →

Is bullying cleansing schools of LD children?

Are some schools allowing bullying to lower the number of children with additional needs? I am aware of more and more cases where children with additional needs are being bullied, the bullying is not being dealt with appropriately, the victims… Continue Reading →

Pics, tics and blood on chips. Just another day of a photographer with Tourette’s.

Joe and I both have Tourette Syndrome and have spent most of the day wandering York on a street photography trip. Our tic’s have been bouncing off each other, but among the busy street we don’t stand out too much… Continue Reading →

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