Dr. Dinesh Bhugra is an esteemed psychiatrist in the United Kingdom. This article came across my google alerts. He also ran a study to see if vitamin D and iron deficiency were autism related. This has been disproven many times over. He also wrote an article saying that Hollywood films are excellent teaching tools when it comes to how autistic people are. Hollywood does a poor job at portraying autistic people, Sia proved that one to the world.
This article I read through, admittedly I do not watch autistic TikTok. TikTok is new to me as I was born as the oldest year you can be a millennial. I am more comfortable with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Trivializing Strangers Struggles
He opens the article, trivializing struggles that most autistic and ADHD AFAB people deal with in every day life. He starts to describe eating too much chocolate, struggles with focuses and spending a small fortune on make up. He also mentions the influencer has pink hair. This feeds into the NCSA stereotype of the “neurodiverstiy mob.” This is impulsivity and short attention span. This influencer, he does not name, thank goodness. She would not need this type of publicity. He doubts her recent diagnosis of ADHD.
ADHD is real. I was one of the lucky ones and was diagnosed in 1988. Girls in the 80’s were NOT diagnosed. A lot of AFAB go undetected until well into adulthood. This goes for autistic AFAB. I went undetected until I was 32 and Bug was diagnosed and saw similarities between me and him. I showed them my ADHD diagnosis paperwork and the rest is history.
He said being easily distracted, hating being in busy, noisy environments, forgetting keys. Its much deeper than that. He is trivializing. If I am in an overly busy place, it feels like I travel outside my body and that I am trying to get away. Everything becomes so overwhelming, I lose control. Sensory overload is no joke. I have to set my smartphone to remind me of certain things so I don’t forget. Neurodivergent people online should not feel compelled to show diagnosis paperwork. If he isn’t their doctor, its non of his business.
Issue with ‘Neurodivergent’
The big issue he has is with the word neurodivergent. This term was coined by Kassiane Asasumasu to address the issue with the word neurodiversity. This is because the word neurodiversity doesn’t describe individuals within neurodiversity very well. Neurodivergence comes from neuro (pertaining to the nervous system) and divergence (the processes or state of things becoming different). Neurodivergence means the state of having a brain, nervous system, or both that operates different than the norm. The term neurotypical is used to describe the typical. Had Dr. Bhugra done his research, he would have known this. This isn’t a fashionable label, like he claims it to be.
He said that they are changing their behaviors to live up to the label. That does not even deserve a response.
Being Dismissed by Medical Professionals
Claiming to Know What Meds They Take
Issue with Disabled “Influencers”
Claims Neurodivergence is Underlying stress