Public Service Announcement…

If you find yourself often wondering what people mean when they say “that”, or how others know what to do so easily in social situations, or you keep waiting to find out what the rules are…


If you find yourself feeling anxious because there are people about, but you don’t have a really good reason for it…


If you find yourself wondering why you are alive, where you belong, what is the point of your life…


If a core thing about who you think you are is always being defined as wrong, and people tell you to be more like someone else, less like you, to stop being weird, or strange, or different…


If others are just exhausting to be around…


If you find that you keep holding onto people who are bad for you, because you fear being alone, and you just want those people to accept you for who you are, or who you pretend to be, if they would just acknowledge you for … you…


If you suspect you aren’t stupid, but you have doubts because people keep treating you like you are stupid, but you can do complex stuff, but you invalidate that complex stuff because you think you are stupid…


If you feel like a black sheep, an ugly duckling, alien, or just born in the wrong country, era, body…


If you find yourself in the crowd of people you should get on with, but never really one of the crowd…


If you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety and or depression that just doesn’t seem to shift, regardless of therapy for those and trying every medication under the sun…
If any one of these rings true… then you might be neurodivergent.


While there may not be many specifically like you, there are plenty of people who are not neurotypical. About 30% of the population – that is 1 in 3 people – are not typical.
It’s like the blue colour in the rainbow saying “we’ve got the biggest chunk of the rainbow, so if you aren’t one of us bluish colours, you are wrong”, and you are all like, …. “I think I’m yellow”, and blue says “you are a defective blue”. Green will get you not being blue, but green isn’t yellow either. You are both “not-blue”, or “neuro-atypical”, but you aren’t the same “not-blue” or “neuro-type” either.


Often we give a diagnosis for feeling like you don’t fit in, or for acting oddly when you do try to fit in, instead of saying… oh, you aren’t like that small bit of the rainbow. The diagnosis can be handy for working out what to do to compensate for those blues, but it will not make you blue, or define you as okay to not be blue.
Remember, you are normal for you, not a broken them.