Friday 6 September, 2019 | The Royal Society of Medicine
This was the fantastic event at the Royal Society of Medicine, sponsored by The Children's Trust and Irwin Mitchell, for our book Psychological Therapy for Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury: Innovations for Children, Young People and Families [Find on amazon.co.uk]. I had wanted to collaborate and write a book since the age of 10; before becoming a psychologist, I wanted to "be a writer."
Little did I know that the process, rewarding as it was - alongside raising two small children and working in the NHS and private sectors - could lead to burnout. It was in 2019, before the pandemic, that I was given a diagnosis of autoimmune disorder and learnt the earth-shattering news that my kidney function was reducing.
I was in bed right up to an hour before I left for the launch that day, and asked my colleagues to prepare for me not being there at all. This is what we call 'hidden disability', 'invisible illness', 'burnout'. Listen to my podcast interview on 'Healing E-Motions' with Hazel Hyslop, to find out more. I hope you enjoy - looking forward to hearing feedback.
Jim, J. & Cole, E. (Eds.) (2019). Psychological Therapy for Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury: Innovations for Children, Young People & Families. London: Routledge.