I stumbled upon a thread in the forums for iNaturalist—a geek-focused wildlife identifying social app similar in many ways to Ratebeer (including in its forum software)—discussing neurodiversity within the iNaturalist community. Give the first post a quick read or skim (and continue if you’re so inclined, I’ve only read a few comments so far):
I know this place is mostly dead these days, but for those of us still checking in—how do you relate? Has neurodiversity shaped your experience in rating beer and other hobbies? Is it something you haven’t thought about previously?
Personally, I was diagnosed with ADHD and autism spectrum last year when instead seeking treatment for depression. It was an eye-opening and, frankly, revelatory experience. It suddenly answered so many questions about who I was, and why I am like I am, and it continues to do so, day after day. It made me understand not just why I constantly feast on numbers and data, or why I keep careful track of every aspect of every of the endless hobbies I participate in (come say hello to my 85 houseplants), but real life things about why I could never pay attention in school—or in meetings at work—why certain social situations are strained, why some seemingly minor things seem to drive me nuts that don’t bother other people at all.
It’s also made me understand a lot about my family and friends, colleagues, people I choose to associate with, or public personalities with whom I identify. Neurodiversity, it turns out, is very common in my life. Which is an entirely greater topic of conversation.
Have others here been diagnosed? Or are suspicious? Do you have questions about ND?
This is a non-judgmental space. This is a hard topic for many people and I suspect many of those reading will be reluctant to participate. I ask that those participating treat each other kindly and with respect.