Neurodivergent Disorders

Types of Neurodivergent Disorders

Neurodivergent disorders are a group of conditions that affect the functioning of the brain, causing differences in social interaction, communication, and behavior. These conditions are considered to be neurodevelopmental disorders and can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.

The most common neurodivergent disorders include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Tourette’s syndrome. Although each of these disorders presents differently, they all involve atypical neurological development that can impact an individual’s social, emotional, and academic functioning.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by social communication difficulties, restrictive and repetitive behaviors, and sensory sensitivities. Individuals with ASD may struggle with social interaction, communication, and forming relationships. They may have difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, such as making eye contact or understanding facial expressions. They may also engage in repetitive behaviors, such as flapping their hands, and have sensory sensitivities to light, sound, or texture.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an individual’s ability to focus, pay attention, and control their impulses. Individuals with ADHD may struggle with hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. They may have difficulty completing tasks or following through on instructions, and may struggle with social relationships due to their tendency to interrupt or act impulsively.

Tourette Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by tics, which are sudden, repetitive, and involuntary movements or vocalizations. These tics can be simple, such as eye blinking, or complex, such as jumping or shouting. Individuals with Tourette syndrome may also experience anxiety, depression, or other behavioral challenges.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Neurodivergent Disorders

  • Diagnosing neurodivergent disorders can be challenging because the symptoms can vary widely from person to person. The diagnostic process typically involves a thorough evaluation by a qualified mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders.
  • Effective treatment for neurodivergent disorders typically involves a combination of behavioral therapy, medication, and support from a multidisciplinary team. Behavioral therapy, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), can help individuals with neurodivergent disorders learn new skills, manage symptoms, and improve their quality of life. Medications, such as stimulants or antidepressants, can also be helpful in managing symptoms.

In addition to therapy and medication, support from a multidisciplinary team is essential in the treatment of neurodivergent disorders.

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Liz Lund, MPA

Liz is originally from lush green Washington State. She is a life enthusiast and a huge fan of people. Liz has always loved learning why people are the way they are. She moved to UT in 2013 and completed her bachelors degree in Psychology in 2016. After college Liz worked at a residential treatment center and found that she was not only passionate about people, but also administration. Liz is recently finished her MPA in April 2022. Liz loves serving people and is excited and looking forward to learning about; and from our clients here at Corner Canyon.
When Liz is not busy working she love being outdoors, eating ice cream, taking naps, and spending time with her precious baby girl and sweet husband.