Life and Creativity of a Person living with Multiple Neurological Disorders

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Bullied by all: The school trip I’ll never forget

The Dukes house Wood Hexham trip lasted Monday to Friday and promised activities of kayaking, rock climbing and walking with a visit to Hexham village where we could spend our pocket money. It does not include bullying and humiliation in… 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 →

My resilience doesn’t protect me from the past: Living with Complex PTSD

People who know me, know I cope very well in chaotic situations and that traumatic events have little effect on me. I live daily with complex PTSD and a large range of triggers that come from a decade of emotional,… 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 →

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 →

A little more than OCD? The obsessive-compulsion that almost took my eye.

When I took delivery of my new Henry vacuum cleaner and removed it from the box it was not long before the obsessions began. The suction is quite powerful and there is a button to boost the power, for some… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Social Ninja, Tourette’s in the Town

I’m in town and it’s not too busy so I may get some shopping done. “Hey!” I shout, this is my most common tic and it causes a man to turn and look. In a flash I shout “F**king d*ck!”… Continue Reading →

Happy to see you, disappointed your alive

Living with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, Autism, PTSD and the other conditions that come along with them can make the most ordinary part of the day into something quite extreme, even if it is in my head. One such moment is… Continue Reading →

Corridors for classrooms

Its Biology with Mr Montego, we have only had him a few times before, he’s a nice teacher; his only downfall is he dresses like Michael Jackson, also he rides a motorbike to school which sounds like a hairdryer. Other… Continue Reading →

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