Neurodiversity-Affirming ADHD Resources
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological variation that affects an estimated 5% of the population worldwide. It is characterized by difficulties with executive functioning including focusing attention, controlling impulses, organizing, prioritizing, etc. ADHD can have a significant impact on a person's daily life.
It is important to recognize and affirm the value of neurodiversity, including variations such as ADHD. Rather than viewing ADHD as a disorder or deficit, a neurodiversity-affirming approach recognizes that individuals with ADHD have unique strengths and ways of thinking that can be valuable in a variety of settings, including work, education, and social interactions.
Treatment for ADHD often involves a combination of approaches, including medication, therapy, increasing self-acceptance and self-awareness, and making lifestyle changes that work for you. While these treatments can be helpful in managing symptoms, it is important to approach treatment in a way that recognizes and values the unique strengths and differences of the individual. This may include working with the individual to identify accommodations and support that meet their specific needs and goals.
By embracing neurodiversity and affirming the value of variations such as ADHD, we can create a more inclusive and supportive society for people of all neurotypes. This can lead to increased well-being, self-esteem, and overall quality of life for individuals with ADHD.
How to ADHD A collection of videos by Jessica Lauren McCabe. She offers everything from relationship advice to help with executive functioning.
* I am using identity-first language deliberately throughout the website. As an Autistic Human, I prefer identity-first language as do most members of the Autistic Rights Movement. I feel that both the Autistic and ADHD neurotypes are deeply intertwined with who we are as human beings. My identity would be completely different if I had a different neurotype. Many of the voices insisting that we use person-first language are parents or professionals who feel we stigmatize Autistic and ADHD people because they don't see our neurotype as part of our identity. Our genetic materials combined with all of our environmental conditioning to create our personalities and identities. Our neurotypes are determined by the genetic structure of our brains which are Autistic or ADHD or both and all of our environmental conditioning has been heavily influenced by our sensory perceptions and cognitive interpretations of our environments. Our sensory perceptions and cognitive interpretations are that of an Autistic, ADHD or AUDHD person.