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Happy World Autism Acceptance Day!!

👋 Hey Mighties! It’s World Autism Acceptance Day and I just wanted to share this graphic I made for the community.

It reads: Happy World Autism Acceptance Day! Autism acceptance is key to building an inclusive society.

How are you commemorating today? Let me know in the comments below!! Or simply drop a ❤️ emoji if you like the graphic I made!

#Autism #AutisticAdults #AutisticNotWeird #TheNeurodivergentCrowd #neurodivergent #CheckInWithMe #MightyTogether #WorldAutismAcceptanceDay

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What tips do you have for someone who’s been newly diagnosed with #ADHD ? #TheNeurodivergentCrowd

Hey Mighties, do you have any tips or advice for anyone who is newly diagnosed with ADHD? Feel free to drop them in the comments below!

#neurodivergent #CheckInWithMe #MightyTogether

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What are your favorite sensory activities?

Do you have a favorite sensory activity? One of mine is listening to ASMR videos. Another activity I definitely enjoy is experimenting with different yarn textures when I crochet.

Let me know your faves in the comments below!

#Autism #SensoryProcessingDisorder   #sensoryactivities   #TheNeurodivergentCrowd   #CheckInWithMe   #actuallyautistic   #neurodivergent   #ADHD   #Dyspraxia

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How do you break through your “task paralysis”?

A while back I stumbled across a comic by illustrator Dani Donovan about what “ADHD paralysis” looks like and feels like, and recently made a comeback on my social media pages. I figured it was the perfect topic to talk about… especially considering it’s something that I am personally struggling with lately.

You know that feeling like you’re in quicksand and you want to move but the more you try to move the deeper down you sink? That’s what it feels like to me. Maybe you can relate, whether you live with ADHD or not.

I’m currently dealing with a lot of “task paralysis” related to my coding bootcamp, cleaning and other important tasks in my life. There are a couple of things that have helped me, including having a virtual accountability buddy who kindly nudges me into keeping up with my coursework. I’m set to finish at the end of May. Wish me luck! 🍀

How do you break through your task paralysis? Do you have an accountability buddy too? Do you use the “Pomodoro method” of 25 minutes working on a task and five minutes resting? Or do you try something else? Let me know in the comments below!

And if you’re super struggling with your tasks today, know that it’s OK. I believe in you. You got this!! 💖

#CheckInWithMe #TheNeurodivergentCrowd #ADHD #Autism #Neurodiversity #Anxiety #Disability #DistractMe #CheerMeOn #ChronicIllness #52SmallThings #Undiagnosed #MentalHealth #Parenting #RareDisease #Depression #BipolarDisorder

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What challenges do you face with staying organized? 🧺🧹

When it comes to staying organized, I feel as though I’ve tried it all. I’ve never been one of those people who can actually put “cleaning” on their to-do list and actually cross it off at the end of the day and actually say they’ve made significant progress.

Something that stands in my way is my uncanny ability to hyperfocus…on the wrong thing. When I manage to get some cleaning started, I will zone in on something and then two hours have gone by with my room still looking the same. I’d love to know what challenges you may face with staying organized. There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you have trouble staying organized.

Bonus: What methods have worked for you in trying to overcome your challenges? (I recently learned about “junebugging” from a story by Mighty contributor Megan Griffith. I definitely recommend you check it out, especially if you live with ADHD or you just hate chores.)

#CheckInWithMe #TheNeurodivergentCrowd #ADHD #Autism #neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #organization #organize #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #Disability #RareDisease #Parenting #SensoryProcessingDisorder #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #Depression #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #executivedysfunction #DistractMe #52SmallThings #Cleaning #Selfcare

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How long did it take for you to get an ADHD diagnosis?

When I was 27 years old, I sat in my doctor’s office and he asked me some questions. If I had trouble focusing, especially if it was something that required a lot of thought. If I fidgeted a lot and felt restless often. If I get distracted easily. How often I struggle to follow along with conversations. Things like that.

After I answered those questions, and we talked a bit more, he told me that I had ADHD inattentive type. At first I was surprised, but at the same time it made sense. Although I was relieved to have a diagnosis and to be treating inattentiveness, I felt sad. I felt sad that it took so long to get to this point. I know for femme-presenting people it is often overlooked, but my hope is that will change sooner rather than later.

I’m curious: if you live with ADHD, how long did it take for you to get a diagnosis? What was your journey like in getting a diagnosis? #CheckInWithMe below.

#ADHD #TheNeurodivergentCrowd #neurodivergent #Diagnosis #ADHDdiagnosis #Disability #Parenting #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #AdultDiagnosis #AdultADHD #Neurodiversity

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How do you handle miscommunication through text?

Recently I got into a disagreement with someone I care about over text because I misinterpreted their tone and I ended up having a meltdown as a result of this disagreement. I have trouble sometimes with that — picking up on someone’s tone. I have a bad habit of trying to guess what it is. We since have made up but it really bothers me that this happened.

Have you ever experienced something similar? How did you handle it? I’d love to hear your experiences.

#TheNeurodivergentCrowd #Autism #Meltdown #AutismMeltdowns #AutismMeltdown #CheckInWithMe #Communication

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What are some of your tricks for handling sensory overload? 😣😖

When you’re feeling overstimulated, what do you do to combat it?

For me, my weighted blanket is my rock (no potential pun intended). It really helps me feel safe and helps me calm down.

When I’m out and I get overstimulated and can’t immediately leave a place, I find that putting on lo-fi music in my earbuds helps me. It may sound counterintuitive, but having some control over the sound I’m hearing does help a bit until I can get to a quieter place.

I’d love to read your tips. Share them below! ⬇️

#SensoryOverload #TheNeurodivergentCrowd #ADHD #Autism #SensoryProcessingDisorder #neurodivergence

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👋🏼 I’m so glad you’re here! Allow me to introduce myself

Hi everyone. My name is Monique (or Mo, whichever you prefer!) and I’m the Group Leader for The Neurodivergent Crowd. I just wanted to take a second to introduce myself and open then floor for y’all to introduce yourself as well if you’d like.

✍🏼 I’m the Associated Editor here at The Mighty. Before working with The Mighty, I was a Contributing Writer
🔬 I used to work for a science museum and love spouting random science facts
🧶 I love to crochet and know how to knit as well. I am currently learning how to embroider
✈️ I love traveling and miss it
👩🏼‍💻 I’m currently studying/teaching myself how to code
💜 My favorite color is currently purple
🧀 Cheese is my favorite food
🛡 I LARP and we currently play online through discord but oh boy do I have a hard time paying attention unless I disable all my other apps

Oh yeah. I have ADHD and am likely somewhere on the spectrum (it has been intimated but no formal diagnosis by medical professionals. I’m personally ambivalent about a diagnosis 🤷🏼‍♀️). I never really talked about these things before — at least not on here.

I hope that this space is a place where anyone who identifies as neurodivergent can be themselves, come for support, share tips on how to handle certain situations that arise, as well as talk about their interests!

So feel free to introduce yourselves in the comments below. I can’t wait to meet you. 😊

#TheNeurodivergentCrowd #ADHD #Autism #neurodivergent #introduction #neurodivergence