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I am the author of 16 books including my latest: The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion (Tarcher-Perigee). http://amzn.to/2ewwfbp.
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  1. Thank you for the work you are doing on neurodiversity. I am seeking information on special talents, skills, or abilities of persons who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. I have published an article on this topic:
    Frese FJ, Knight E, Saks E (2009). Schizophrenia Bulletin 35(2). pp. 370-380. I would appreciate your apprising me of any additional information you may have on this topic. Thanks you. Fred Frese

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    Hi, thanks for your article, it was very interesting and thoughtful. I’m a person who was ‘beset with mental health labels’, much to my chagrin, for much of my adult life.

    My take on it though was not so much one of ‘neurodiversity’ though as much more simple misunderstanding. The experiences that were labeled weren’t actually what those who applied the labels thought they were. I’m guessing from the titles of your books that this is something you are probably quite familiar with.

    What for me were meaningful, metaphorical processes that helped me (in the right circumstances) make sense of past trauma and confusing life circumstances were seen by other people as signs of an underlying ‘sickness’. Learning to understand these processes has given them a place to sit. They then change – as all things inevitably change as we humans grow and learn. So it isn’t so much a case of ‘neurodiversity’ as just one of the things that can happen with human beings. We all dream, and all children live in a space where imagination and reality fuse, so I don’t think there is any need for special circuitry to come to process things metaphorically at some time in life. It’s just an experience that some people end up having and others don’t for various reasons. And of course, it’s a different experience for everyone.

    I don’t think that labelling the person with a disorder helps, it more distorts the whole thing and hides that what is happening is different for everyone, has different causes and meaning for everyone and is part of a very personal journey that we all take in one way or another as life unfolds.

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