Seriously, it’s time to get the image of a quiet, fearful person biting their nails in the corner out of your mind.
The DSM-V criteria is a good start, although anxiety can come out in a lot of different ways, especially in children and neurodivergent people.
(This is not because neurodivergent people are child-like, far from it, it is because both demographics have brains that diverge from the statistical norm.)
Because of this, anxiety may look different from the expected neurotypical presentation — but for different reasons. I’ll outline here the various unexpected or misunderstood ways that anxiety can present itself.
Read my article on Neurodiversified.
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