There has been a new term that has developed in the field of psychology and counseling, and it is Neurodivergent (ND). To put it simply, ND means having a brain that naturally functions in ways significantly different from that of the dominant societal standards of normal or "neurotypical", coined by Kassiane Asasumasu. It is a new term that umbrellas multiple diagnoses and puts them into one category. However, it has been argued that everybody's brain and how it functions and processes is different so therefore are humans all in general neurodivergent? The issues that now fall under ND include but are not limited to:
- Autistic Spectrum
- Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Learning Disabilities
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Developmental Disabilities
- Mental Disorders such as Bipolar Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.
The field of psychology is ever-growing, shaping and changing, as any study in science is. This is what makes people who studied and built their careers in psychology "practice". As things change, our understanding of others changes and grows with it.