and although often associated with autism spectrum disorder it includes many people who may, in the past, be labelled with other, often co-occuring, neurodevelopmental condition such as, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder (known as dyspraxia).
My perspective is that these neurodivergent traits offer both challenges and strengths and it is wrong and potentially harmful to view them as disorders or abnormalities but rather part of the rich tapestry of humanity.
However, these traits, although advantageous in certain scenarios may create challenges, particularly where social norms of behaviour act counter to an individuals preferred way of being in the world.
Often being neurodiverse can lead to mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety and a host of associated disorders (OCD, eating disorders, self-harm, panic disorders etc). There is a wealth of evidence to support this link1.
Often discord with friends, family; work or school/university is a common experience.
Having over 20 years in the field as an assessor, coach and psychotherapist/psychologist I can offer a non-judgemental, holding space.
With my guidance clients explore the meaning and impact of any diagnosis; what strategies can be used to reduce the psychological distress, as well as building self-esteem towards living a more fulfilled and happier life.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or would like to arrange an appointment.
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