Neurodivergence. What are Autism and ADHD?

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) counselling

The term “neurodivergent” describes individuals whose brain differences affect how their brain works. Neurodivergent people have different strengths and challenges from people whose brains don't have those differences. Two prevalent syndromes are the Autistim Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

People with ASD often show effects in their languace, communication and social skills as well as atypicial behaviours and may be impacted in their ability to learn. In ADHD people struggle with concentration, staying still and controlling their impulses (thinking before acting). They are different, but many symptoms may appear similar and difficult to differentiate. More than that, often times people with one syndrome may have elements of the other or have both at the same time.

If you live with autism, you often see the world in a different way when compared to others who do not have ASD. This can be isolating and demoralizing at times, leading to depression and anxiety. Depression is a common affliction of those with ASD.

If you have ADHD, because of the difficulty to stay still and other elements of the syndrome, you may have been labeled as less capable or not as intelligent as others. However, that is often not true. This leads to depression, low self-esteem and even anger issues.

Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

At Cambio CT we have worked with many individuals in the spectrum and with ADHD. Having correctly identified and diagnosed many children, teens and adults with ASD and ADHD, we have also helped all of them understand their conditions and manage it, leading to better lives. The goal of psychological treatment is to reduce the effects on the person, improve their functionality and adaptability, develop strengths and skills. At Cambio, counselling usually has the following goals:

  • Improve emotional expression
  • Favour autonomy and independance
  • Reduce anxiety, help the person develop coping techniques to deal with stress
  • Relieve depression symptoms and when possible, eliminate depression
  • Improve communication and social skills
  • Improve understanding and adaptability to social interactions
  • Support to achieve success in school and work
  • Improve self-esteem

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