5 Uncomfortable Truths To Accept About Being Neurodivergent

Accepting these truths requires courage and swallowing your pride, but you’ll be better for it

Rachel Anne Helms


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We all think we want to hear the truth, but a lot of us don’t, even when we say we do.

Some of us just want to hear what will make us feel better right now.

We want to hear the thing that makes all of our problems someone else’s fault and doesn’t require us to change or think critically about our lives.

And honestly, sometimes that’s okay.

Sometimes it is okay to want to hear what will make you feel better right now, if you just want to feel better right now.

It is okay to choose comfort over courage sometimes. Because sometimes, that’s exactly what we need.

But if your goal is to feel better in the long term, and you want to stop struggling with the same problems over and over again (and actually fix these problems that you keep running into), sometimes you need to hear the truth. Even when it’s uncomfortable.

If you consistently choose comfort over courage, you will continue to struggle and be unhappy. You’ll repeatedly run into the same problems, wondering what’s wrong, why you’re still unhappy, why you’re still struggling, and why you can’t resolve them.

So if you want to have a better life, and you want to struggle less — Be courageous, swallow your pride, and try to embrace these 5 uncomfortable truths about being neurodivergent.

1. Your diagnosis is a valid reason, but it is not a valid excuse.

There is a difference between reasons and excuses.

Reasons are an explanation, but an excuse is an explanation with the expectation that nothing is going to change.

A diagnosis may be a reason why something is harder for you, or you may not interpret a situation in the same way as someone else, but it is not an excuse for you to behave any way that you want, or treat anyone else any way that you want, without…



Rachel Anne Helms

ADHD, Autism, & cPTSD. Lifelong learner and sharer of acquired knowledge and wisdom. Join The Neurodivergent Network Community -> https://bit.ly/j0in