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Cures for neurodiversity. What do you think? watch

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    If there was a cure for neurodiversity (dyspraxia/dyslexia/autism/as/add/adhd/dyscalia/SID/SPD), would you take it?

    I personally am severely dyspraxic, and although my difference has caused me alot of problems, I would not want to be *cured*. Why?

    1) I have become more determind, having learnt I will always have to work harder than other people.

    2) I have become very motivated

    3) I have developed an understanding of other peoples differences

    4) I have a photographic memory

    5) My over acute senses can come in very useful sometimes.

    6) I believe just because someone is different, doesn't mean they have to be 'cured' .

    7) I strongly believe difference should equal tolerance, and to eradicate differences would eradicate tolerance from our society

    8) My 'Specialist subject' has gave me great IT skills, something I wish to study to higher education level

    9) I am good at independent working

    10) I am honest, and find it very hard to lie.

    What do other people think?
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    I have ADHD, and while I must admit that being under medication makes it much easier to focus on things that don't immediately grab me, I would hate to be permanently medicated. Why?
    1) I'm apparently very understanding when people struggle with schoolwork, because I struggle with it too, but I get it done! So I don't mind helping other people if they don't "get it".
    2) When I'm not on my medication I find I approach problem solving in a very different way to most people. Sometimes I have trouble understanding why people use a particular method when I see one that's much simpler and easier. Because of this I'm quite good at electronics and computer programming - problem solving is one of my strengths. Drives my maths teachers mad though, 'cause they can't work out whether or not to give me method marks for questions in homeworks... They can't follow my working! On my medication I don't get this creative "thing".
    3) I also have very acute hearing (although I'm short-sighted, so the same can't be said of my sight! :P) and I can hear things that others can't, which comes in helpful for telling people their phone's ringing, or that someone's about to knock on the door (when I hear the gate creak but they don't)
    4) On my medication, I'm much calmer, but I can't sleep or eat. Without it, I expend much more energy and eat accordingly. Over school holidays, I gain sometimes up to a stone in weight, but lose it within two weeks of being at school and medicated. I'm slightly underweight.
    5) And hear this girls: Boys with ADHD can multi-task! I find it very difficult not to - my brain will focus on many things at once - if I'm only doing one thing, I get distracted by things like noises and lights (hence the ADHD stereotype. I actually call it ADOS now to my friends - "Attention Defic-Oooh! Shiny!") but if I'm doing two or three things I'm not so distracted.
    6) I'm very good at noticing small details - hence one of my hobbies is modelmaking. People with ADHD aren't impatient, we just aren't very good at concentrating for a long time on one thing.

    I'm also of the opinion that being "different" doesn't mean being "wrong" - I'm also very inclusive with others who are "different" whether neurologically, with their sexuality, religion... whatever. If it doesn't harm anyone, what's wrong? We're all individuals, right? So let's just accept that and be happy!
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    I'm very good at noticing small details
    Same here. :P
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    Neurodiversity? :no:
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    (Original post by k9ruby)
    6) I believe just because someone is different, doesn't mean they have to be 'cured'
    Very true.
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    I would cure it because although some, like you, may find such pearls in the sea the vast majority suffer.
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    But to what extent do you take it? You could well say that someone with schizophrenia or bipolar is just different and shouldn't be cured. I think it all comes down to how people cope. There are some people (most notably I think in the deaf community) that cope remarkably well with their conditions, and prefer to maintain their condition even though a therapy could help (such as inner ear surgery), for various reasons such as maintaining an identity or group membership. However I'm sure there are many people who find it difficult to pursue their interests or a career or whatnot because of conditions like dyslexia and wish every day that there was a pill they could take to make it all go away.

    As an aside, where did you get the term neurodiversity from?

    EDIT: Nevermind, just looked it up, which I really should have done first heh. A term I'm not particularly fond of tbh.
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    A term I'm not particularly fond of tbh.
    Indeed. But other times I haven't used it I have been shouted down for being un PC.
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    That's just silly. It's not un-PC to call a spade a spade!
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    I don't think being different from other people is something that needs to be cured.

    It's some people's attitude and lack of understanding for these conditions that needs to be "cured"
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    It's some people's attitude and lack of understanding for these conditions that needs to be "cured"
    Spot on.
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    (Original post by k9ruby)
    What do other people think?
    It's a tough one, as it's difficult to see where you'd draw the line. On your list, I don't find points 1-3 and 8-10 that compelling as they could apply to anyone. I agree with 6 and 7, but if 'curing' someone with a particular condition would benefit both the person and society in general then it's hard to see why it shouldn't be done, provided of course that the person involved wanted to have this cure (i.e. it should not be forced on them).
 
 
 
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