How does being neurodivergent feel?
Because the world tends to operate in a neurotypical way, this can make it really challenging to navigate things if you are neurodivergent. Lessons at school might be taught in a way that not everyone finds easy to understand, or workplaces might not be designed with neurodiversity in mind.
These challenges can mean someone who’s neurodivergent might feel less supported, struggle to fit in, or find it hard to learn or communicate in neurotypical ways. This can lead to some difficult feelings like low self-esteem, depression or anxiety.
People with neurodiversities experience them in their own ways and it’s important not to make assumptions or listen to stereotypes. For example, it’s commonly assumed that people with dyslexia only struggle with reading and writing, or people with OCD are worried about cleanliness, however it can actually show up in a whole host of other ways.
Things you might notice if you’re neurodivergent:
Social communication difficulties, like difficulty reading facial expressions or understanding sarcasm
Speech and language challenges like missing parts of conversation or struggling to process information
Difficulties with focusing, reading, calculation etc
Sensitivity or insensitivity to environment, such as light, sound, or other stimuli
Physical behaviours such as tics