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Navigating Neurodiversity in Adult Relationships


Understanding and Seeking Diagnosis

In today’s UK society, awareness of neurodiversity is higher than ever. As an adult, you might reflect on your past and realise that you could have had an undetected diagnosis within the neurodiverse spectrum.

As a parent, you might recognise certain behaviours in your child and see similar traits within yourself. Recognising these signs may prompt questions: Could I be neurodiverse? Should I seek a diagnosis?

Diagnosing Neurodiversity in Adulthood

Seeking a neurodiversity evaluation as an adult can pose challenges. The standardised diagnostic tools commonly used were primarily designed for children, although efforts are underway to develop criteria for adults.

Nevertheless, getting evaluated as an adult is feasible. Discuss your concerns with your GP, who can rule out any underlying medical conditions and refer you to a psychologist for further evaluation.

Why Pursue Diagnosis?

While you may have coped with potential neurodiversity symptoms throughout your life, a formal diagnosis can offer numerous benefits:

Work-Life: Adults within the neurodiverse spectrum may encounter difficulties in social interactions and communication, which can impact professional advancement. Challenges such as avoiding eye contact, making involuntary noises, or struggling to communicate effectively with colleagues could hinder career progression. A diagnosis can lead to tailored support and strategies to overcome these obstacles.

Relationships: Maintaining friendships and intimate relationships can be challenging for neurodiverse adults. Situations like quiet environments may trigger nervousness, leading to repetitive or obsessive behaviours that interfere with social interactions. Therapy and medication can assist in managing these behaviours, and a diagnosis can pave the way for targeted interventions to enhance relationship skills and overall quality of life.

Support is Available

If you or a loved one are navigating neurodiversity, a psychotherapist can provide invaluable support in managing relationship challenges. Reach out to my office today to schedule a consultation, and together, we can explore strategies to foster healthier relationships and improve overall well-being.

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