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What is Neurodiversity and Who is Neurodivergent?
Contrary to common belief, Autistics aren’t the only neurodivergent people out there.
They’re just one of the many “neurotypes” that exist in the world (peep the graphic below).
Neurodiversity is anyone with brain differences diverging from what’s considered neurologically “normal”. To that end, everyone is actually neurodiverse because everyone’s brain works differently!
The difference between neurodiverse and neurodivergent is in how a person perceives, processes and interacts with the world. Neurodivergent folx have vastly different (not more, not less, just different) processing systems than neurotypical people.
What’s the Link Between Neurodivergency and Mental Health?
I’m very proud of my neurodivergence and wouldn’t change it for the world. But it does come with some very serious challenges like mental illness.
For example, I have sensory processing sensitivities and ADHD. These are complicated by the fact that I also have depression, OCD and PTSD.
And that’s not uncommon for NDs. Most, if not all, of us struggle with adjoining mental health conditions.
Autistics have a higher than average rate of OCD and anxiety issues. ADHDers can struggle to keep up in school which can be pretty soul crushing. And all the neruotypes are prone to depression because of things like the double empathy problem, late diagnoses, masking to appear neurotypical, dealing with unsupportive environments, and bullying.
Basically living as a Neurodivergent in a Nuerotypical world is hard and produces a ton of shame in childhood and adolescence. This shame is something Adult NDs are left to deal with which is also entirely distressing.
Sounds bleak I know, but there’s hope. In my experience, embracing my Neurodivergence has tremendously helped my mental health. Knowing that I’m different led me to seek out supportive communities and new life strategies that work with my Neurodivegence vs. working against them.
Visual Lesson: Mental Illness, ADHD and Cleaning – Neurodivergent Strategies for Keeping it Clean When Executive Dysfunction Strikes
Why’s it so dang hard to clean with you have a mental illness or processing difference like ADHD?
Well, the first and most important thing to know is that you’re not lazy. And it’s not a matter of trying hard enough.
Your brain just might be built differently, meaning typical strategies for organization might not work for you. That’s why MSB has this visual lesson and its accompanying article (peep it here), to help you get a little perspective. And to start thinking about what kind of strategies work for your beautiful ND brain!
Neurodivergent Mental Health Topic: Weight
CW: Weight management/weight loss
Did you know it’s actually a lot harder for Neurodivergent people to manage weight?
Now I don’t tell you this to be a negative Nelly (sorry if your name is Nelly <3). I tell you this because, just like with cleaning, you might need different expectations of yourself. And different strategies to accomplish your goals.
Personally, I’ve struggled with body dysmorphia and unrealistic expectations for my body all my life. That’s why I think it’s really important to know that life doesn’t have to be that way.
You can get affirming body content that helps you find strategies that will help you rather than push you into a one size fits all image. And they’re right here below, check em out!!
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