The Neurodivergent Encyclopedia

Do you see the term Neurodivergent everywhere but have no idea what it’s referring to? How about acronyms like PDA, ODD, and ExD? Are you foggy on what words like stimming and special interest mean? It can be hard to connect with a community when you don’t understand the language they speak! That’s why we’ve …

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How to Set Boundaries as a Neurodivergent Adult

Let’s talk about boundaries. Everyone says we should have them in order to be mentally healthy. And I agree with that sentiment. However… If you’re neurodivergent you know that healthy boundaries are far from easy to navigate. And no-it’s not because something’s wrong with you! No, it’s due to a huge variety of societal and …

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Autistic Shutdowns: A Guide for Neurodivergent Adults

How much do you know about Autistic Shutdowns? If the answer is not a lot, don’t worry! We’ve got plenty of information and resources for you in this guide for Autistic Adults. Table of Contents What are Autistic Shutdowns?Shutdowns Present Unique Challenges for Autistic AdultsHow Should Shutdowns Be Handled?Can Autistic Shutdowns be Avoided?Wrap Up What …

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Neurodivergent Meltdowns in Adults – A Guide for Autistic and ADHD Adults

First thing’s first: Neurodivergent Meltdowns in Adults are NOTHING to be ashamed of. I’m sure you’re reading this because you feel ashamed and/or frustrated that you’re experiencing meltdowns as an adult. I totally understand the sentiment. Meltdowns are excruciating for Neurodivergent people in general. But they are double difficult when we have them as adults. …

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My Soul Balm’s First Ever Creative Contest Winners!

Recently on our Facebook Page, My Soul Balm hosted our first ever creative contest. The topic was “what’s one important thing you wished people understood about mental illness” We called for submissions and boy did they not disappoint! We got some truly incredible subscriptions and it was hard to choose a winner. After careful deliberation, …

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Mental Floss: A Neurodivergent Approach to Practicing Mindfulness

Look, I get it – practicing mindfulness while dealing with mental illness or disability can be damn near impossible. And being told to do mindfulness by well meaning people is the literal *worst*. But what if I told you that we, as Neurodivergent folx can use mindfulness to our advantage? It’s true! By shifting our …

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Mental Illness,ADHD and Cleaning – 5 Neurodivergent Strategies to Fight Executive Dysfunction

Have you ever kicked yourself for being lazy? For letting those dishes pile up into a cartoonish mountain? Or cussed yourself because you just can’t keep your house organized no matter what system you try? How about told yourself you’re worthless for being unable to stick to the trendy new cleaning routine? I sure have. …

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Mental Health Abuse: How Britney Spears Conservatorship Isn’t a Unique Story

By now, we’ve all heard the horrific details of the Britney Spears Conservatorship. If you’re (rightly) shocked by the revelations Brit poured out of her heart a couple days ago, you’re in for a rude awakening. I’m going to let you in on a secret that every mentally ill and disabled person knows all too …

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Behavioral Activation: The Important Role of Fun in Mental Health Treatment

You don’t usually hear the words “fun” and “Mental Health Treatment” in the same sentence. And for good reason, mental health treatment is serious business. But that’s exactly why we’re talking about the role of fun in recovering from a mental illness. It’s a lot of hard work to change your life from the inside …

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“I Get Stuck” – Exploring ADHD and Executive Function

Confession: I struggle a lot with ADHD and Executive Function. It’s a part of neurodivergency that really negatively affects my mental health. Now don’t get me wrong. I am proudly neurodivergent and wouldn’t change it for the world. But there are some parts of it that present a serious challenge. Especially in this hectic, work …

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