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    "The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well."
    Alfred Adler, posted by David Baxter

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"So long as we can learn to love ourselves, I’m not sure how much it matters whether we’re normal or autistic.”

~ Naoki Higashida
 
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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.
 

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"Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general."

~ Harvey Blume
 

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"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."

~ Moheb Costandi
 

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"Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome.”

~ John Elder Robison
 

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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.
 

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"It takes courage for a man to listen to his own goodness and act on it. Do we dare to be ourselves? That is that question that counts."

~ Pablo Casals
 

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As opposed to pathologizing daydreaming:

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

~ Pamela Vaull Starr


"If you don't daydream, your life is a nightmare."

~ Karl Lagerfeld
 
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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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"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well."

~ Alfred Adler, posted by David Baxter
 

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