Surviving Lockdown at Home

Mike is a Dyslexia Scotland volunteer. He’s currently living in Australia. “Mike, why are you such an optimist?”, people ask me. “That’s just the way I am.” I usually chirp back (while silently thinking “because the opposite is too hideous to contemplate!) Nobody likes to be told what to do or where they can go.Continue reading “Surviving Lockdown at Home”

Dyslexia and Anxiety

This blog was originally posted in May 2020. It’s been one of our most viewed blogs this year. With covid cases rising again and more local lockdowns being imposed, we thought it would be good to remind you all that you’re not alone while these restrictions are in place. I guess I have always beenContinue reading “Dyslexia and Anxiety”

Part 5: Our Loss of Freedom

Welcome to Part 5 of the Lockdown Mental Health Series. If you missed Parts 1-4 you can find them here. Lots of people I talk to are getting increasingly frustrated with the extended lockdown, and no wonder. Just think about it – what do we do to punish people for really bad crimes? Or whatContinue reading “Part 5: Our Loss of Freedom”

Part 2: The Human Need for Control and Certainty

Welcome to Part 2 of the Lockdown Mental Health Series. If you missed Part 1 you can find it here. I find the concept below really helpful, when we modern humans are feeling distressed for one reason or another. Remember we’re group animals, designed to live in small tribes, in nature, and that our brains haveContinue reading “Part 2: The Human Need for Control and Certainty”

Part 1: Unprecedented Times

Lockdown Mental Health Series: as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we have a special series of blogs that we’ll post across the next six days. Here is Part 1 of 6:  This blog won’t be related to dyslexia, but to a situation we all have in common right now and that’s the global pandemic ofContinue reading “Part 1: Unprecedented Times”

Growing positively from trauma

(Image standard copyright Dyslexia Scotland) Several years ago, I had some negative experiences in employment.  These were caused by my dyslexia and people’s unhelpful responses to it, both before and after I was identified.  In this blog post, I’d like to tell you about 7 things that have helped me grow positively from these negativeContinue reading “Growing positively from trauma”