Basingstoke Team Parish

You know you have autonomic dysfunction when.........

9th July 2018

The autonomic system controls a lot of the autonomic stuff the body does - adjusting heart rate & blood pressure, digestion, temperature, switching “Fight or Flight” mode on and off, and much more. Autonomic dysfunction is when this system malfunctions and causes problems with some - or all of the above, often including ‘orthostatic intolerance’ (symptoms which develop when you are upright).

With such wide ranging and apparently random symptoms, diagnosis often takes years. After diagnosis many people with an autonomic dysfunction often still face disbelief from health care professionals as well as colleagues, friends, and family.

Hannah Ensor (Founder of Stickman Communications® , and selected as one of the top 100 most influential people with disabilities in the UK in 2016 and 2017) lives with severe postural tachycardia syndrome – a type of autonomic dysfunction, and has experienced this disbelief and misunderstanding first hand. As a result, in 2010, she wrote and illustrated “You know you have PoTS when…” in her unique stickman style. This proved popular, and sold out in 2017.

Instead of simply reprinting the PoTS book, Hannah has created “You know you have autonomic dysfunction when…” with added pages and edited explanations resulting in a fabulous, entertaining and easy to understand tool for creating understanding and acceptance of autonomic dysfunction.


 a wonderful book, full of useful tips for patients to help them better manage their symptoms.

The stickman images express more than words the impact of autonomic dysfunction on an affected person and will help family and friends understand some of the common challenges of their condition.

Dr Lesley Kavi, Visiting Professor, Birmingham City University
General Practitioner


“You know you have autonomic dysfunction when...” by Hannah Ensor is a perfect bound book with 96 pages, 110mm square, RRP: £5.50. Available online from

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