DISCLAIMER: This post is only the opinion of the author. This does not reflect the views of the neurodiversity community itself.
Aside from the 6 main neurodevelopmental disorders that are included in neurodiversity (dyslexia, ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and Tourette syndrome), some advocates want to consider other disorders as part of neurodiversity. These are:
Circadian Rhythm Disorder
Developmental Speech Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
In the last 3 posts, all of these conditions were discussed. Now, I will have my conclusion on which on these 8 conditions can be included in the neurodiversity advocacy.
For me, I can say that the following conditions below can be part of neurodiversity:
Circadian rhythm disorder
Developmental speech disorder
I thought these are neurologically wired and are inborn to the person who possess either of the conditions mentioned above. They are not “diseases” that needs to be cured right away. Some of these are co-existent with the neurodevelopmental disorders like developmental speech disorders. Some are really part of the person himself, like the cases of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. They also are part of the human evolution to keep humans survive and avoid extinction. I’ll give
What about depression, OCD, and Parkinson’s disease?
I think they’re not included in neurodiversity because of the following:
Depression is a common mood disorder. Even neurotypicals do experience depression. The same goes for OCD, as it is quite common in the general population. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disease. Not a neurodevelopmental disorder.
This concludes my 3-part, or rather 4-part series on other neurodiverse conditions.
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