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Autistas e TDAHs muitas vezes precisam de "Body Doubling", mas o que é isso?

Vem comigo que vou te contar nesse fio ⬇
Muitas pessoas autistas e/ou TDAHs conseguem executar tarefas com maior facilidade se tiver alguma pessoa ali por perto, isso pode ajudar a evitar distrações quando precisamos executar principalmente tarefas que são estressantes para nós. ⬇️
Uma pessoa neurotípica consegue cumprir com suas tarefas mesmo não gostando daquilo. Nós Autistas e TDAHs temos bastante dificuldade em nos dedicar a algo que não é do nosso interesse. É uma tortura para nós. ⬇️
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Thread about why most #autism assessments are ableist, why so many psychologists do bad autism assessments, and why #neurodiversity informed assessment is essential. 1/x
It all starts with our training, which is steeped in DSM, medical model ableism. ADHD, autism, etc are inherently bad things, maybe the worst things because they really can't be fixed with psychological tools. All of this is implicit in training, through ableist messages. 2/x
So when someone comes to us looking for an Autism diagnosis, we are trained to be comprehensive, to do "rule outs" for everything else. This leads to 2 immediate consequences 3/x
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I have come a long way, from a lifetime of dealing with problems by emotionally dissociating until they exploded in destructive chaos, to learning my limits, my triggers, and feeling them. #ADHD is hard.
Yesterday I decluttered my drawer, something I needed to do and was not able for months. I needed it for peace of mind. But halfway through it, I was so overwhelmed I wanted to stop. It is a truly physical feeling: fog mind, eyes struggling to focus. But I pushed, as usual.
But I pushed, as usual. I completed it. But it took so much from me that I ended with a breakdown early afternoon. It is so absolutely exhausting. And I need to do the same for my work desk. And I know I won’t be able to keep it.
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Attending the NAPP National Association of Practicing Psychiatrists Gender Dysphoria In Young People Webinar 2 hours now. Will live tweet #live
This is a medical condition because it involves medication and surgery
Presentations by 5 different psychiatrists all experienced and working within the area of gender Dysphoria @dianna_kenny is speaking about intake assessment which is called “gatekeeping”
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I had the most wholesome and life changing interaction at #Astrofest2021 on the weekend, it gives me goosebumps and makes me smile every time I think about it.

A thread about parents, neurodivergence and outreach 1/19
I was volunteering at the @ICRAR stand talking about our research and pathways to come study with us. I love it so much, I get to show people that there isn't *one* way to get into astrophysics
I took a winding route, failed courses, took a break but ultimately I'm here! 2/19
I always try focus my energy on the student and figure out what they're nervous about and talk about other routes because it's the student I want to encourage and spark the love of #STEM in and it's so heartening to see their eyes sparkle when they see the possibilities 3/19
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A few folks have asked me about marketing yourself as a writer.

So! I want to write a thread with some general thoughts. Fully acknowledging, of course, that I'm just one human with some opinions.

I think every writer should begin with a mission statement. This helps clarify what types of writing you're interested in doing, what sorts of gigs are aligned with your values, and it can identify your niche as well.
Some general scaffolding that can be helpful to think about:

I write about (X) so that (Y) community/communities can (Z).
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A common misconception about people with #ADHD is that they lack empathy. I don’t think this is true. I think sometimes the ADHD brain is going at such speed, and with such disorganisation and sporadic focus (although not in a loose association sense) that taking the time to…
…consider the internal world of another person requires focus and good listening. Good listening requires attention and being in the moment, not jumping in, and reflecting on what the person has said. That’s challenging for those with #ADHD. Not everyone with #ADHD, of course…
…for instance, when I’m counselling I find it very easy to stay in the moment, to slow down, to not get ahead, but that’s because I find my work incredibly rewarding. Also. If I don’t listen I can do a lot of harm.
But people with ADHD are often passionate and very caring…
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#thread A year ago today, at the age of 45, I received my ADHD diagnosis (inattentive, with sub-threshold hyperactive symptoms). The breakup of my marriage, burnout and the pandemic messing up with coping and masking mechanisms developed over a lifetime of living with an
undiagnosed disability meant that I was feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, lost and lonely. And above all so very full of shame for my inability to cope, which I saw as the unmistakable evidence of character flaws and limitations to my capabilities that I had taken great pains to
Keep hidden. How, you ask? By working every minute of the day and night, harming relationships and my own physical and mental health. By pushing me to ‘make up’ for my lack of focus and organisation. I’m not going to lie: the diagnosis was life changing but also hard to come to
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Last night my toddler had an absolute screaming meltdown and I think I handled it really well and wanted to share with all the #ADHD parents out there.
We did our regular bath and bedtime routine, and while my child doesn't have a diagnosis, other adults consistently give me the feedback that she has lower listening skills, more energy/need for movement, and less focus than her peers. She also is OPPOSITIONAL AS HECK.
like, literally just won't do a thing because you told her to do it. Doesn't matter what. The other day I was hanging with a little friend of hers about the same age. I said, "Coraline, do you need to go potty?" she said "yes". I told her to pause the show and go, and SHE DID.
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So I (@theADHDacademic) did a thing and made a website. It might be useful, it might very well not be. It's #ADHD centered, but I talk about accommodations and I've got more posts planned on #UDL and inclusion. My point is, if I've said anything helpful, it might be helpful too?
I cover things like how to register with the disability office:…
and how to talk to a professor who has denied your accommodation:…
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I have tweeted very little about #ADHD and accommodations during my time taking over this account. Maybe I should take some time to do that...
#ADHD is one of those conditions that a lot of people think they know about, but they really don't. They "know" one narrow experience of #ADHD and they still assume it's bad parenting or lack of effort or something we grow out of.
The stereotype of #ADHD hurts students. So many of them won't register for accommodations because they think it isn't serious, they don't know they can receive accommodations, they've internalized the ableist thought that they can work harder and tough it out.
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A question that I often see is what accommodations should graduate students request? What's been successfully lobbied for?

First thing first, yes, graduate students are entitled to accommodations.

You don't get your bachelor's degree and have your disability removed. (1/)
Secondly, I am going to borrow a lot from this post I did specifically on accommodations for #ADHD students, where I have a section on graduate students:…

Disability offices can be useless when it comes to graduate students and suggesting accommodations. They shouldn't be. If they honestly don't think this is part of their role, I have a million questions to ask those in charge, but many are unprepared to help grad students. (3/)
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Hi folks, this is @theADHDacademic and I am lucky enough to take over the account for today to talk about accommodations and marginalization in #HigherEd. Not going to lie, I am a little nervous!
A very tiny bit about me: I LOVE my anonymity on Twitter. I love being able to say whatever pops into my #ADHD brain and not having to worry about the consequences. I can get as specific as I need to and not worry that my chair, colleagues, co-authors, or students can ID me.
Note, this doesn't mean I tweet negatively about my students (they're awesome), but more that I can talk about ableist emails my chair sends out or frustrations managing my #ADHD brain and using track changes in a document.
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Thread: This week, we’re talking about disability-related minority stress and highlighting the disabled academics advancing this area of research.

What is minority stress?

Minority stress is defined as chronic stress experienced by members of stigmatized minority groups due to marginalization, objectification, discrimination, and internalized stigma among others.

2/ Graphic titled Minority Stress with a light blue background
Minority stress has been linked to both mental and physical health disparities, including hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, suicidality, and adverse birth outcomes.

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there's a lot of big talk about dopamine and ADHD, especially on TikTok. I wanna talk about some of the common misconceptions that I see about the role of dopamine in #ADHD - WITH THE CAVEAT THAT - I am not a scientist or a doctor, so if I get things wrong, someone plz correct me
First off, let's start out with what dopamine is. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter or "chemical messenger", one of several implicated in ADHD. It's associated with a feeling of anticipation of pleasure or reward. It does various things in the role of movement, learning etc
Here are some common misconceptions or not-quite-right things I've heard on ND tiktok and twitter about dopamine:
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(@manijadegarcia) #Compassion thread here, discussing ideas for survival, stress management, joy & healing using the acronym ACCESS to organize the ideas.

Be back after a break to dig in! 🥰


(@manijadegarcia) #Compassion to me is like creating welcoming, gentle internal space for the things I am #accepting—so I can be curious instead of judgemental about them. I'm reminded of indigenous views of trauma as "wisdom" & a "teacher," that can lead us to healing.

(@manijadegarcia) #compassion & #acceptance are closely related in my experience, like a bi-directional positive correlation, (increasing either can increase the other—try not to get hung up on stats "rules.") & #SelfCompassion is super powerful for general #MentalWellness.

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A few years ago my husband @benblair and my brother @floodstreet set out to create the most affordable, accredited, U.S.-based online university, and make it available to students all over the world. And they've succeeded. It's called Newlane University.
Each @NewlaneU degree is $1500, paid at $40/month. If you want to earn an Associates Degree & Bachelors Degree, that’s $3000 total. If you already have an Associates Degree, and want to earn a Bachelors Degree, it would be $1500. (The cheapest degree I've seen elsewhere is $5k.)
When you sign up, there's a one-time $249 registration fee. Try the program for 30 days and if it's not a good fit, no worries, they'll refund the fee. And you can pause the $40/mo at any time — like if there's a family matter that prevents you from studying for a few months.
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Let’s talk about the core wounds that trauma survivors with #ADHD often struggle with. 💬
Many folks with #ADHD have also experienced some kind of developmental trauma. We often see neglect and emotional abandonment especially when caregivers are unable (or unwilling) to offer competent support for their neurodivergent child.
The impact of this is so real. And as a coach and as someone who has lived with both, I’ve seen some common challenges that surface for #ADHD survivors of trauma.
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#ADHD rant: I'm sitting in the waiting room of my doctor's office. I have to come here every couple of months (for an appointment that, frankly, could just be an email) so I can keep getting the meds that make my brain work. (1/9)
Thanks to some road closures and, y'know, the adhd, I was 10 minutes late. Apparently, that's late enough that my doctor already started her next appointment. The receptionist said I could either reschedule, or wait for she-didn't-know-how-long. (2/9)
I had already been rationing my adderall to make it to today, so I picked wait. Sitting here in my shame sounded better than risking withdrawal and letting my partner and my colleagues down with my executive dysfunction. (3/9)
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Als je opgroeit in een familie waar - met de wijsheid van nu - aan de ene kant #adhd voorkomt en aan de andere kant #ass, dan is dat voor jou je hele leven al "de lat".
Pas op latere leeftijd leer je dat jouw lat niet heel normaal is, maar je hebt er wel al mee leren omgaan. 1>
Dat betekent dus, zoals in het GIFje :-) dat je best al heftige belemmeringen hebt overwonnen.
Maar ook kan het zo zijn dat je zelf geneigd bent de lat hoog te leggen...
Daar ben je je niet zo van bewust, maar het heeft je in je leven ongemerkt wel meer energie gekost 2>
En dan kom je soms in de situatie dat de oplaadbaarheid van je batterijen over het algemeen genomen al slechter is.
Te vaak leeggelopen of te vaak opnieuw te snel opgeladen... maar om genoegen te nemen met halfbakken batterijen is geen optie.
Terug naar het ontwerp dus... 3>
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It's #ADHDAwarenessMonth. This 🧵 is about #ADHD and #nicotine. Nicotine is a stimulant. Prescription stimulants help many people with ADHD. Smoking is twice as common in people with ADHD than the general population. #SaferNicotine #ADHDAcceptanceMonth
...findings have led to the hypothesis that individuals with ADHD may smoke in order to alleviate requisite symptoms of the disorder and further suggest nicotine can be used to improve aspects of cognitive function in these patients…

Some support for this hypothesis has been provided by studies which have shown positive effects of nicotine on ADHD symptoms and cognitive performance in non-smokers with ADHD.…
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I found #ADHDTwitter through a screenshot on FB. It was during #ADHDAwarenessMonth 2020 and some of those threads were filled with great info.

Let's start a thread of what #ADHD looks like in everyday life. The info you can't find on Google...what does it really look like?
I'll start.

I didn't know that this was not normal until #ADHDTwitter: I don't always notice when I have to use the bathroom. I will unwittingly hold it for an hour or more sometimes before it occurs to me that I should go.
My conversation style: I am an empathetic listener, meaning I tell relatable stories to show that I am listening AND that I see and hear you. Turns out, many people with ADHD communicate in this way.

Apparently it's frowned on by NTs, but I'm done apologizing for it.
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Had a lovely quick chat with someone on Friday about #ADHD; it was at the end of a work meeting; and they asked if they could ask me a personal question. Turned out they suspected they had ADHD and wondered about my opinions on medication etc. (1/3)
They didn’t know many adults with ADHD and had spotted I talked openly about it on my blog. So we had a good chat. This is why being transparent and visible about neurodiversity matters. We need to destigmatise and demystify it. (2/3)
We need to prove you can be senior and successful; especially in things like the public sector; when you’re neurodiverse. Diversity is key. It allows for us to work together to consider multiple different ways to solve problems. We’re all unique and wonderful. (3/3)
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I've been thinking about this a lot tonight. So, as someone who is autistic, ADHD, & generally neurodivergent/neurodiverse, I heavily struggle with executive functioning. Executive dysfunctioning might be my biggest barrier in life 🧵#DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
In college, I noticed that I really struggled in my classes when I was taking classes that had no relation to one another. For instance, if I took biology & English together, it was a nightmare. I had trouble switching topics & even thinking styles. (2/) #DEHEM21
After a few semesters, I started trying to plan my semesters so that I took similar courses & courses with similar cognitive styles together because task-switching became a nightmare for me. I got an accommodation to register early for classes (3/) #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
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