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Disabled Identity

CW: Some ableist and self-stigmatising ideas explored, trauma and suicidality briefly mentioned. I’ve been thinking about disabled identity a lot lately. For two big reasons. At the start of the year I started my new role as an NDIS Educator. For those who are unfamiliar, the NDIS is a way of providing individual funding to people with disabilities so that they can get the support … Continue reading Disabled Identity

Bedside Manner

CW: suicide, suicide methods, sexual abuse, trauma, eating disorder, self harm methods, invalidating/judgemental doctors I think that might be the longest content warning I have ever written! I had a shitty experience with a nurse this week. They asked me about my weight when was in there for a completely unrelated reason. I explained to them that I used to have anorexia (during which I … Continue reading Bedside Manner

Psychiatrists VS. Psychologists

As someone who has been in therapy for quite some time, I feel like I have a good grasp on the similarities and differences between Psychiatrists and Psychologists. Most people will tell you the difference comes down to the fact that Psychiatrists can and do prescribe medication where as Psychologists can’t and don’t. But in reality, there are many more subtle ways that the two … Continue reading Psychiatrists VS. Psychologists

Suicide and Media

CW: suicide discussed and some vague mentions of methods Earlier in the week North Melbourne Footballer (AFL) Majak Daw attempted suicide. I was deeply saddened by this. Daw is the first Sudanese-born Australian footballer to play in the AFL and as such is an inspiration to many young African-Australians. Being in such a high profile means the news of Daw’s attempt has been all over … Continue reading Suicide and Media