What does it mean to be "neurodivergent?"
The term "neurodivergent" refers to neurological organizations that are different from what is considered "typical" amongst the majority of humans, aka "neurotypical."
Neurodivergent people may have or qualify for medical model diagnoses including but not limited to Autism, ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, stuttering, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, dyslexia, dyscalculia, epilepsy, and down syndrome.
Strengths and challenges are different for people who are neurodivergent than neurotypical people. For example, a "neurodivergent" person who has a diagnosis of ADHD or autism may be able to generate incredible works of art or write a book of great detail with their ability to hyperfocus on topics of interest but may have difficulty with interoception and thus, neglect sleep and meals. A "neurotypical" person may find great ease in regulating their attention and have no trouble using executive functioning skills to manage work tasks with daily life.