Ep 9/ The Colorful History of ADHD, Part 1: 300-1800 CE

Episode 9: The Colorful History of ADHD, Part 1 - 300-1800 CE

We don't know where we're going if we don't know where we've been.

So, today we’re talking about the history of ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The history of ADHD is likely as long and complex as the history of humanity itself, but of course, we can only access small pieces of history through whatever documents have been left behind.

This episode begins with Theophrastus' "Obtuse Man," continues through the medieval tie of spiritual health with mental health, and finishes off with a discussion of Sir Alexander Crichton's work changing the course of neurodivergent history at the very turn of the 19th century. Stay tuned for a follow-up episode, covering the 20th century!

🎧 Rather listen than read this post? Part 1 of our history of attention deficit disorder is based off of Episode 9 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts | Spotify

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Neurodiversity Vs. Disorder? On Autism and ADHD

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What Disorder? Neurodiversity, Autism, and ADHD

Let's talk about language! Autism and ADHD are both known as neurodevelopmental “disorders.” But is “disorder” really the best way to refer to autism and ADHD, given the scientific body of research indicating autism and ADHD are examples of natural genetic variation? So how can we talk about autism and ADHD as examples of neurodivergence, but not disorders? Listen to learn more about neurodiversity, autism, and ADHD.

🎧 Rather listen than read this post? This post is based off of Episode 7 of the Neurodiverging Podcast! Listen on Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts | Spotify

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Everybody has a different way of describing how they deal with fatigue, whether it be physical, emotional, or mental. Two models of fatigue that are popular in the autism community are the spoon theory and the fork theory. Neurodivergent spoons and forks for all!

Let's delve into how the spoon and fork theories apply to autism and exhaustion, and how they can help you become more self-aware to conserve more of your hard-won energy.

And, download your "Getting Unstuck Checklist" here!

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Echolalia: Why Your Autistic Friend or Child Repeats Everything You Say

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