Let’s talk about neurodivergence, neurodiversity, and the common criticism that the neurodiversity movement sugarcoats the difficulties faced by those with neurodivergent conditions.
Before we can discuss this issue, let’s revisit exactly what neurodivergent means:
“Neurodivergent is simply a neurological makeup that is not society’s typical standard.”
It constitutes all different brains including some that have already been categorised (rightly or wrongly) into various ‘conditions’. These conditions usually occur through a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental interaction. This environmental interaction may have occurred to alter our ancestors’ genes, in the womb during pregnancy, or at some stage during our own lives. This is true for all conditions from ADHD to autism, through to bipolar and schizophrenia.
Some people, mistakenly, believe that only neurodevelopmental conditions make up neurodivergence; however, many other conditions such as anxiety and depression also diverge from the typical neurological state. They, too, stem from our genetic predisposition and are expressed through the impact of our environment. These conditions create different cognitive patterns that permit a different way of viewing and relating to the world.
Having existed in humanity for centuries, some of these conditions are increasing in prevalence with science undecided whether that incidence is because of increased awareness/diagnosis or through rapid environmental changes like diet. Like most things in life, it’s probably a combination of both.
“Regardless of the condition, everyone deserves our acceptance and help. ALL neurotypes deserve recognition as part of humanity, not just society’s standard of typical.”