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Can Sleep Be a Cure for Trauma?

My son is sleeping all day after nine months in jail

My son has a major mental illness. I’ve been trying to come up with a better way to say that for 17 years but haven’t thought of one. Sometimes I go with “my son is disabled,” but that creates the wrong picture. Lately, I’ve been grooving on a newish term I first heard on Orange is the New Black: neurodivergent. My adult…



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Patsy Fergusson

Tree hugger. Tour guide. Top Writer. Feminist. Newly-baptized Bay swimmer. Editor of Fourth Wave.