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Posts by Jane McNeice

Book Review: ‘Strength not Deficit’ Reviewed by Dawn Mills

Posted by on 3 Mar, 2024 in Mental Health |

Book Review: ‘Strength not Deficit’ Reviewed by Dawn Mills

Like Jane McNeice, I too discovered myself as Autistic in 2021. I did what Autistic people do; became obsessed with the stories of my late identified neurokin, especially the women, and the academic research behind our differences. Jane’s was a story I identified with closely, helped me feel less alone and strengthened my resolve to do my little bit to help find other ‘lost girls’ too. Jane’s new book extends beyond the journey toward identification as autistic; giving us a guided tour of her...

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What is Social Anxiety Disorder

Posted by on 26 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health |

What is Social Anxiety Disorder

About 15 million Americans have a social anxiety disorder. If you’re one of them, your treatment options include therapy, medications, mindfulness training, exercise, and more. Getting treatment is critical, as social anxiety disorder won’t go away by itself. The help you get now could allow you to interact with others without crippling anxiety. And some of these therapies could improve your physical health too. What Is Social Anxiety Disorder? Few people enjoy climbing up on a stage and...

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Car Accidents & Trauma

Posted by on 16 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health |

Car Accidents & Trauma

The Hidden Repercussions Mental trauma after an accident can severely limit your ability to resume regular activities. It is normal to experience distress after a car accident, but treatment may be necessary if it is prolonged and interferes with daily functioning. The right support makes recovery from emotional trauma after a car accident attainable. During a car accident, a series of events can unfold that can cause lasting emotional trauma, including life-altering injuries, the threat of...

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“I would like you to assess me for OCPD please. I think I have OCPD” by Jane McNeice

Posted by on 16 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health |

“I would like you to assess me for OCPD please. I think I have OCPD” by Jane McNeice

One year before my Autism diagnosis (and prior self-identification), I thought I had OCPD (Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder), so I went to see a private psychiatrist. Because of the high levels of stigma surrounding Personality Disorders, most people do not seek them out. They are given. The fact that I was doing so illustrated just how much I needed my truth, whatever that truth turned out to be. I was clinically assessed over a number of weeks. The conclusion… a reaffirmation of a...

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Misdiagnosed mentally ill, late diagnosed #ActuallyAutistic. by Jane McNeice

Posted by on 16 Feb, 2024 in Mental Health |

Misdiagnosed mentally ill, late diagnosed #ActuallyAutistic. by Jane McNeice

I was diagnosed Autistic with suspected Dyscalculia at age 45 in 2021, then my 26 year old daughter two months later, then my 8 year old son three months after that. All of us were missed by well over 100 health, social care, and educational professionals who had the chance first. My daughter was pregnant at age 15 (imagine how many ‘professionals’ move in on a family at that point!). I self-identified in the end, then parent-identified my children before assessment. I wrote our story down....

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