In our society, we have a narrow view of what’s “normal” that leaves out a lot of people. The neurodiversity movement is about recognizing variations in brain function as typical. In other words, there is no standard-issue brain.
At Amatus Recovery Centers, our range of mental health treatment programs provides comprehensive care for neurodivergent disorders. Our team recognizes that there are those who think, behave, and learn differently from what is considered “normal” ways of brain function, also known as neurodivergency. If you or someone you care about may benefit from our mental health treatment programs, reach out to our team today by completing our online form or calling 833.631.0525.
What Is the Neurodiversity Movement?
Neurodivergent disorders refer to people whose brains process things differently. There doesn’t seem to be an official definition of either neurodiversity or neurodivergent. However, most articles on the movement focus on neurological conditions like ADHD, dyslexia, or autism. The term “neurodiversity” was first used by an autism rights activist named Judy Singer “to articulate the needs of people with autism who did not want to be defined by a disability label but wished to be seen instead as neurologically different.”
The point is to move away from pathologizing people who learn, think, or process information differently. The movement also emphasizes that being neurodivergent isn’t only about your struggles—that it comes with particular strengths.
According to an article in the AMA Journal of Ethics, “People diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example, appear to have strengths related to working with systems (e.g., computer languages, mathematical systems, machines)…technology companies have been aggressively recruiting people with ASD for occupations that involve systemizing tasks such as writing computer manuals, managing databases, and searching for bugs in computer code.”
This speaks to the fact that neurological differences add to our world. A society where everyone thought the same way wouldn’t function very well.
Are Mental Health Disorders Considered Neurodivergent?
So, where do mental health disorders fit in this movement? It’s a little hard to know. Some articles about neurodiversity and neurodivergence include disorders like anxiety, schizophrenia, and PTSD, while others don’t. As there’s no standardized definition of neurodivergence, it’s a complex question.
Mental health disorders can affect your cognition, and they certainly impact the way you think and see the world. They are a difference in your brain that significantly impacts your life, just as is the case with neurological disorders.
People who are neurodivergent recognize that they face unique challenges based on those variations. This is true too of mental health disorders. One criterion for diagnosing any mental health disorder is that it affects your day-to-day functioning.
These points seem to suggest that mental health disorders are neurodivergent. One argument that could be made against this is that if we include more and more things under that umbrella, what’s considered normal? But that’s the point; every brain is different, even among those who don’t have neurological or mental health disorders.
Struggling with a mental health disorder, including addiction, is challenging, but it doesn’t mean you’re “abnormal.” In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five adults live with a mental health disorder.
Even so, each of these people will experience the world differently. Our Amatus Recovery Centers team understands that our brains are as diverse as we are. That’s why we provide a range of addiction treatment therapies, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group therapy
- Holistic therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
Learn more about how our Amatus Recovery Centers team can support your mental health today.
Find Support for Neurodivergent Disorders at Amatus Recovery Centers
If you are struggling with substance use or mental health disorder, there is help and hope. At Amatus Recovery Centers, we offer high-quality treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in facilities across the country. Our staff, many of whom are in recovery themselves, will consider the unique reasons you drank or used and help you build the coping skills for lasting recovery.
Mental health treatment forms the foundation for all of our treatment plans. If you are interested in learning more about how we can provide support for mental health disorders, reach out to our Amatus Recovery Centers by filling out our convenient online form or calling 410-593-0005.