Dr Emma Tremaine

Psychiatrist and Founder of ‘The Dyspraxic Doctor’

Dr Emma Tremaine is a psychiatrist and didn’t discover she had dyspraxia until she was in her late 20s. She is the author of the popular blog The Dyspraxic Doctor and her story of a career in medicine with undiagnosed dyspraxia has been read by thousands of people.

Emma writes about her experience as a medical student at Oxford University: “I was permanently on edge that I was going to be discovered. Someone might realise just how hopeless I was at organising myself and practical tasks, then tell me I had no place on this course after all. I managed to convince myself that I must, in fact, be stupid.”

Despite battling depression and anxiety herself, Emma persevered with a career helping others with mental health problems and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Seeing that there was little support for people with dyspraxia, she independently set up a new service using her personal and professional experience. She has helped people as far away as New Zealand and the United States.

Passionate that dyspraxia is better recognised and understood, Emma has raised the profile of dyspraxia worldwide using social media. She has provided training to several organisations, including the Dyspraxia Foundation, the Riding for the Disabled Association, and she is due to speak at GCHQ. Her blog post “See One, Do One, Do a Runner” has been translated into Italian for the Associazione Italiana Disprassia dell’età Evolutiva, and she is appearing to speak at their 2019 conference in Rome.

In only 18 months Emma has created a much-needed service and raised awareness of this hidden disability on a global stage.

“Being happy with yourself, differences and all, enables you to start a new chapter of self-understanding.”