A series of stories on the journey toward diagnosis and treatment
When I refer to diagnosis in relation to neurodiversity, I refer to identifying one’s neurotype, not necessarily diagnosing a disorder or illness of the brain.
When I refer to treatment, I mean anything that addresses the challenges that we, as neurodivergent individuals, face in our daily lives due to the fact that our mainstream society caters to the neurotypical majority.
Much of our being disabled stems from inaccessibility and lack of accommodation in our culture. We have been taught to believe that those outside the majority are “less” than, as opposed to simply different.
Discovering my neurodiversity, or being “diagnosed” as it were, has allowed me to become better aware of who I am. This knowledge has enabled me to accept myself and my differently-wired brain, with all it’s faults and gifts, which have become an important part of my identity.