ADHD Neurodiversity


Negative opinions outlooks of ADHD now often referred to as ADD

 Moral diagnosis: people think people with ADD are not trying hard enough:

Ignorance is born out of fear and many people are not educated on neurodiversity.

A more positive way to refer to this behaviour: “It is your brakes failed” it is not then making reference to it being a bad thing there’s a chance then to intervene with no shame.

“How do I work on those brakes, what can others do to help me”



It varies minute to minute



No regard for danger

Risk taking


Always want desire stimulation

Ordinary life not enough

Need to increase level of stimulation

Good/ bad

Hunger for more


Not a disadvantage

Some good/ some bad

Special powers

Maximise the up minimise the bad

BALANCE is crucial in finding their inner peace

Mood can change in a heartbeat very easy to change ability to variate state

Bipolar is more oceanic not split second like ADHD

It can reduce your life span, if you don’t understand it and use coping strategies and ways of learning to manage what works in the best possible way for you.

It’s about helping people unwrap their gifts

  • Often do not have a filter: Can get rejected as a result of this behaviour (can be too honest) at work/relationships can be affected, as a result of this, which then affects their self- worth which then feeds, they are different, something wrong with me, then become more isolated
  • Can often be entrepreneurial, very creative
  • Often feel like a failure as they are trying to achieve too much alone
  • Feel they are defective at their core


Stress: brain and body syncing up and hormones release, the stress response, we then feel that within our mind & body:


Parts of the body:

  • Hypothalamus in brain
  • Pituitary gland in brain
  • Adrenal glands. Above kidneys

 Above responsible for our stress

Amygdala works in that axis too

Amygdala is located in the temporal lobe (side, near the temples)  with chronic stress it does not switch off. Cortisol surges adrenaline and noradrenaline released too.

People with ADD can often feel stuck in the Amygdala part of the brain, known as the fight or flight response

Neuro Typical:

Front part of the brain Pre frontal cortex: plans organisation, forward thinking

Task positive network:

Pay attention auditory visual etc mind not in default mode, the chatter shuts up in order to stay on task

Neuro diverse:

DMN default part of brain never shuts up unless really focused on something they enjoy

Brain chatter never shuts up

Magnet pulling you out of your window of attention

Can find it hard to stay on task easily pulled away

Love to have mind wander creative imaginative

The above can thn lead to Rumination network

I’ve done it again

I am not good enough

Beating self up

Go round and round reinforcing negative self- image

People get stuck here:

Need something to break that cycle can persist a long time:

Find tools to get out what works for the individual:

Break the cycle/flick the switch

Change states

Jump up and down

Make a cup of tea

Please do not struggle in silence, for more information please feel free to contact us.

Article by Diane Pulley

Diane Pulley is a BACP accredited and UKRC psychotherapist and Life Coach having graduated from Warwick university. She has worked in private practise for many years with clients presenting various issues, from trauma, depression, anxiety and self confidence. Diane works with both individuals and couples. Her experience has lead her to work with corporate clients delivering stress management training for both staff and management. Aspire You has been born from a personal journey, of Diane's own marriage breaking down after 28 years, when she identified there is a need to support women through this process and help them rebuild their lives. "everyone has the potential to lead fulfilling lives and i am committed to helping individuals achieve that desire"