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What does it mean to be neurodivergent, and if I am, how does that affect my life? It used to be that conditions like autism, ADHD, or tourette’s syndrome were treated like debilitating illnesses, but our modern understanding of them is more complex. Neurodivergent people are just normal individuals whose brains function a little differently than how they do typically, and they are all around us. Here are five ways you can improve your understanding of neurodivergence both within yourself and your loved ones.
Some of the biggest obstacles for neurodivergent people are the unfortunate results of a lack of education. Neurodivergent people can often be misunderstood, ostracized, or discriminated against based on their symptoms, and we don’t give them the resources they might need to function. If you have a neurodivergent loved one, or suspect that you might be neurodivergent yourself, it behooves you to learn about the condition. By taking the time to learn about neurodiversity, you are making progress.
If you’re looking for perspective on the topic of neurodiversity, nobody has more of it than neurodivergent people. Listen to the neurodivergent people in your life about their experiences. Learn from the perspectives of neurodivergent people in the public eye, like Temple Grandin, or Michael Phelps. Be wary of organizations that claim to speak for neurodivergent people, but don’t put the neurodiverse in any positions of authority. Caretakers and medical professionals have a lot to offer neurodivergent people, but they cannot speak for us.
A frequently touted myth about autistic people in particular, is that they can’t or won’t empathize. In reality, neurodivergent people can often struggle with over-empathizing with the world around them to the point of overstimulation. Neurodiversity is a spectrum onto which we all fall to some degree, and recognizing the similarities in our experiences is something that lightens the load for all of us.
“Wait a minute, what?” You say. “Why would I want to get a diagnosis?”
Here’s what you need to know: Every single neurodiverse person I’ve ever met has wished that they’d gotten a diagnosis when they were younger.
Attitudes towards diagnoses have made tectonic shifts in recent years. Whereas once, a diagnosis with ADHD or autism meant a child getting put into a different school or medicated beyond lucidity, now it can give neurodivergent people access to vital resources and support. Getting a diagnosis can bring you comfort, self-knowledge, and treatment that’s tailored to your needs.
Doing research and self-diagnosing can only get you so far. Working with a specialist will help you build a toolkit that will help you when a world that wasn’t built for you becomes overwhelming. One of the specialists in our practice, Michael, specializes in helping neurodiverse people build their toolkits and cope with a world that frequently misunderstands them. Book now, and give yourself a break. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3777″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Sunny Ebsary is a writer and singer-songwriter from Tampa, FL. When he’s not sing-songwriting or just regular writing, he’s probably drinking water with a lot of ice, having a staring contest with his cat, or giving people great ideas. You can listen to Sunny’s music here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
June 22, 2022
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