Proponents of neurodiversity strive to reconceptualize autism and related conditions in society by the following measures: acknowledging that neurodiversity does not require a cure; changing the language from the current "condition, disease, disorder, or illness"-based nomenclature and "broaden[ing] the understanding of healthy or independent living"; acknowledging new types of autonomy; and giving non-neurotypical individuals more control over their treatment, including the type, timing, and whether there should be treatment at all.
"Recognise the importance of free speech in the public discourse on autism...If neurodiversity means anything, it means accepting that we all think differently, and that not everyone takes pride in being autistic."
Having worked in the mental health field for many years, I have come to believe that mental health symptoms often arise in those who have never found their fit. I consider neuro-exceptionals to be people who are very analytical, unusually sensitive and aware. They have very active minds and like to keep busy. They also tend to be introverts in typical social settings but get them comfortable and on a topic that interests them, you find a completely different person.
Background There is inconsistent evidence for a clear pattern of association between ‘camouflaging’ (strategies used to mask and/or compensate for autism characteristics during social interactions) and mental health. Methods This study explored the relationship between self-reported camouflaging...
Overall, camouflaging was associated with greater symptoms of generalised anxiety, depression, and social anxiety, although only to a small extent beyond the contribution of autistic traits and age. Camouflaging more strongly predicted generalised and social anxiety than depression. No interaction between camouflaging and gender was found...
Camouflaging is a risk factor for mental health problems in autistic adults without intellectual disability, regardless of gender. We also identified levels of camouflaging at which risk of mental health problems is highest, suggesting clinicians should be particularly aware of mental health problems in those who score at or above these levels.
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Women who try to hide or “camouflage” their autistic traits are likely to report that they feel distressed, think of suicide, and/or struggle to function in everyday life...
Our finding that camouflaging efforts are more associated with mental health concerns in undiagnosed women supports the idea that undiagnosed women may be more likely to feel different, misunderstood, or lonely, possibly because they are more likely to attribute social challenges to personal traits rather than lack of acceptance of one’s community or other factors.
Neşe Devenot // Neurodivergent perspectives inspired two of the biggest environmental justice movements of 2019—Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future”—and I don’t think that…
According to Thunberg, her non-typical neurological makeup informs her ability to focus intensely on subjects that matter to her, and it makes her intolerant of the kinds of cognitive dissonance and compartmentalization that would be necessary to continue living as if nothing were wrong. When a culture’s status quo becomes untenable or even toxic, being “different” can open a door to new ideas and modes of action, with less concern about fitting in or accommodating “the way things are.”
"From the perspective of the ecological model, cognitive diversity is constitutive of mental functioning rather than being at odds with it. Given this, there is more reason to conserve and support, rather than seek to eliminate, neurodivergence—just as neurodiversity proponents have long contended."