I became Homeless in early 2004.
This is what I had to say about it – again.
When not being summarily ignored and erased, WOC on Twitter discussing Depression and other forms of Neurodiversity and Disabilities are routinely shamed for not being the “strong” women we are stereotyped as by WP and other POC. *ANGER AS AN INDICATOR OF DISTRESS* is never considered.
So I did along with other related issues including racism in disability activism.
Gilbert’s Syndrome is another complex invisible illness / disability I was diagnosed with. It is a condition that goes a long way into explaining why many medical treatments and diet changes don’t work for me. Unfortunately no GP wants to document it, including the one who make the discovery.
The problem is that conventional medical wisdom dictates that GS is harmless despite suggested heredity links. However, there are studies that show that those diagnosed with the condition have the many of the same debilitating chronic illnesses in common (ex: ), the risk of recurring bouts of jaundice aside.
Following is a link to a UK-based GS Patients support organisation.
A few weeks ago, when thinking of interesting things I could write for this blog, I remembered a weird organisation that gathered some attention on the internet a month or two ago.
The organisation is called Straight Pride UK. It’s a strange group which believes that the tide of Gay rights has gone too far, and that now heterosexuals have become the oppressed minority. Essentially their philosophy is spun from the same reactionary cloth as “Men’s Rights activists” – the notion that, having essentially run Western society for most its existence, progressive demands that Christian white straight males share some of their total grasp on power is somehow a removal of their rights.
Anyway, I wrote to Straight Pride asking that they answer some questions. Stipulating that I was “a freelance journalist”, I sent them some questions, about what they do and what they believe.
About a week later…
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AND: Im with a Primary Care Mental Health Team. No changing staff like the old Community Mental Health Team. This Specialist is said to be the best in my area. They will be looking at Bipolar too instead of the Major Depression diagnosis I currently have (manic episodes are contradicting that and the 200mg Sertraline daily does nothing for them).
The Disability / Mental Health Assessor said it was vitally important to look at & treat the WHOLE person rather than looking at everything piecemeal. In her opinion the reason why CBT FAILED is because no one has considered anything but Major Depression and/or me being a hypochondriac when I have other health problems that are well-documented. She also couldn’t believe that no one I’d seen so far in last 3-4 years didn’t think to ask ME what *I* thought about my disabilities / problems! She said flat-out that CBT isn’t the cure-all for everything & especially for people with complex disability & illness.
If I am an Aspie – then other health issues could be sorted out simply by addressing that – CBT won’t help me.
|Total score||Language||Social relatedness||Sensory/motor||Circumscribed interests|
|Test taken by you on 10 June 2013||207.0||19.0||104.0||48.0||36.0|
|Test taken by you on 31 July 2013||210.0||21.0||93.0||57.0||39.0|
|Your average score is||208.5||20.0||98.5||52.5||37.5|
|Threshold values for suspected ASD||65.0||4.0||31.0||16.0||15.0|
|The average score for males with ASD (368 people took this test)||140.8||11.1||69.8||33.5||26.5|
|The average score for females with ASD (228 people took this test)||165.0||13.1||77.7||42.5||31.7|
|The average score for males with suspected ASD (1591 people took this test)||146.9||11.3||75.4||32.7||27.6|
|The average score for females with suspected ASD (1560 people took this test)||152.0||11.5||74.0||37.1||29.4|
|The average score for male neurotypicals (505 people took this test)||83.8||6.6||44.7||17.2||15.2|
|The average score for female neurotypicals (615 people took this test)||77.1||5.2||38.9||18.9||14.1|
If you wish to find out more about this test you can read the original research paper here