An investigation into neurodivergent women, why women are underdiagnosed and how their processing differences can be a strength. Urges reducing stigma around diverse ways of seeing and understanding the world.
Includes an account of the author’s own uncovered autism which had been labeled as anxiety, as well as the stories from many other women to show how potentially millions are misdiagnosed, setting up the path for depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and shame rather than the exploration and development of their unique gifts.
Offers us a path forward, describing practical changes in how we communicate, how we design our surroundings, and how we can better support divergent minds.
Nerenberg is a journalist and lecturer as well as founder and host of The Neurodiversity Project. Her work has appeared in Fast Company, NYMAG, Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution, Healthline, KQED, and elsewhere. She is a frequent workshop faciliator in the Bay Area, where she lives.