Okay, these are things that I wrote in a conversation with a friend, so I’m not like submitting it for peer review before a scientific council or anything, but I’m kind of sticking it out there because I kind of feel like I have to radically restructure the fundamentals of psychology in order to talk about our neurodivergences at all.
(Image description: A series of traditional psychiatric diagnoses stacked on top of each other, with an accompanying straight line from “high functioning” to “low functioning”. The straight line next to autism, for example, lists NVLD, Asperger’s, Autism, and non-verbal autism in a linear order.)
This is a half-assed graphical representation of the traditional “spectrum” model of psychiatric disability. It groups individual disorders as being definitely distinct from each other in a pretty linear quantification from high-functioning to low-functioning. You’ll get some stuff like SAD which is allowed to be on two spectra, and the whole “everything is caused by PTSD” thing happening, but ultimately in this model you try to pidgeonhole people into one or two of these spectra if at all possible.
This is completely inadequate.
(Image description: An imperfect visual representation of the Intersectional Model of psychiatric disability. The image features a gradient that fades through many different colors, and superimposed upon different colors are diagnoses, such as AVPD, BPD, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. There is a little star labeled ΘΣ, representing us, tucked right between BPD, AVPD, STPD, and Plurality.)
This is closer to the way I perceive myself in reality. Because tucked away in my brain is some primordial ooze of avoidance, borderlineness, schizotypy, plurality, and you know what, probably some other things. I can’t separate any of these things from each other.
To clarify I wrote this; I think from now on I’ll post substantial writings here too for in case somebody wants to read the substantial things I have to say but doesn’t feel like refreshing the page every time I eat breakfast.