Neurodiversity is an umbrella term that encompasses the range of human experiences that people can have while on this earth. It is a way to honor those differences without focusing exclusively on the deficits. It can encompass a spectrum of behaviors that are usually labeled as mental illnesses.
Neurodiversity is about asking the world to accommodate instead of the person.
The truth is that the mental health system is broken. Some people get diagnoses that do not need them. Some people will never access the resources afforded by having a diagnosis because of barriers to treatment. The diagnoses lack scientific validity, reliability, and unfortunately do not explain the entire picture,
The point of the neurodiversity movement isn't that people don't experience emotional difficulties. It is that those emotional difficulties would not have manifested themselves in such maladaptive ways had they have a validating home environment.
So many parents don't realize they have a child who will require a fundamental shift in their idea of parenting, and so they attempt to correct and discipline, often using corporal punishment, behavior away.
It is my professional opinion that these methods of correction actually exacerbate negative symptoms and create a negative feedback loop which leads to the more pronounced negative behaviors.
These children grow up believing that they are the problem when it is not them. It is the fact that the environment they came from was invalidating and constantly told them to change when the environment needed to be different.
As a neurodiversity therapist, I understand the struggles of missing obvious solutions to problems keenly. I know what it is like to constantly shift from one task to the next, never really finishing one completely. I know deep in my heart the frustration associated with letting yourself down again as you let down others.
I also know what it is like when I have my system of living together. I know what it is like when it feels like life is running like one well-oiled machine, and I don't have to run from crisis to crisis.
Sometimes I forget that I am neurodiverse and that I cannot live my life like a neurotypical person.
So if you identify as #actuallyautistic or feel like you have #adultadhd and you sometimes feel like your body is fighting against you and you just wish you could all get on the same page. Schedule a free consultation with me. Let's see if we don't get along and if I might be able to help you see yourself differently.