Tania Melnyczuk


My Diary is my catch-all category for posts that don't fit neatly into one of the other categories.

How much do psychologists know?

How much do psychologists know?

This morning, on Twitter, someone posted this:

You are at work and have to run a meeting. A traumatized little is frontstuck and you have 12 minutes to calm them down. #DIDNightmares (Based on a harrowing true story)


I wondered whether the average English-speaking psychologist would even know what that means. I do know for sure that it takes a beyond average one to help a client develop strategies for situations such as these.

How much would a psychologist who’s living life largely away from social media understand of the person’s Twitter bio, and why those terms are in there?

A bunch of cats in a thirty-something DID coat, learning to thrive. Agile coach, pinballer, novelist, gaymer, visually impaired, they/she/he

The Arcades @10CatsIn1Coat

Are you in touch with patient communities, and learning from them?

The innocent revenge of Mary’s body

In 2011 one of my friends died after a long chronic illness, and an assault which exacerbated it all. She had sarcoidosis and some other illness which specialists could not figure out, and later also tuberculosis (picked up from a little street kid who slept on her...

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Gestures and glances

I have never met an autistic person who uses a letterboard or keyboard to communicate saying that they were happier when they were only using a few gestures and glances. Parents who deny their children the right to develop the motor skills for communicating in full,...

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