[64] S5, Ep9: Autism and epilepsy, shutdown and dissociation
Topics in this episode: ADHD, autism at work, bullying, coming out, counselling, dissociation, employment, epilepsy, meltdowns, seizures, self employment, sensory issues, university

Aisling Walsh is a queer feminist freelance writer and translator and PhD candidate living in Guatemala City. She is 37 and was diagnosed autistic in December 2021 and is self-diagnosed with ADHD. She was also diagnosed with epilepsy at 23, but now suspects that her seizures might actually be dissociative seizures linked to autistic shutdown.

Aisling has spent over seven years working in communications, advocacy and activism with international development organisations, including the UN, in countries including Ireland, Guatemala, Mexico and Bolivia.

Her stories, essays and features have been published in many different publications, including The Irish Times. She is currently working towards a PhD in sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway, where she is researching decolonial and feminist practices of healing justice in Guatemala.

In our conversation we talk about

➡ The impact of having Covid-19 on her sensory issues

➡ Meltdowns, burnout, and managing our energy and productivity without guilt

➡ Finding her tribe – but also navigating toxic work cultures and bullying

➡ Autism, epilepsy and dissociation

I hope you’ll enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

Disclaimer: In this episode Aisling and I talk about her belief that she may have been misdiagnosed with epilepsy. If you would like more information about autism and seizures, I have added some links to the show notes. The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast.

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



Aisling’s website: www.aislingwrites.net

Twitter: @AxliWrites

Instagram: Aisling_Writes 

Contently: https://aislingwalsh.contently.com

Hannah Gadsby’s show, Nanette: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Gadsby:_Nanette

Links to information about autism and epilepsy:




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