Neurodiversity and Mental Disorders

Bogdana Miclea


In recent years, the concept of neurodiversity has grown in popularity among the scientific and non-scientific communities dealing with autism and related conditions, included in neurodevelopmental disorders. According to this paradigm, identity becomes a neuroidentity, subjectivity is determined by cerebral functioning and cultural, social, spiritual expression is the result of this pattern of biological functioning. Most often, opinions focus on the immediate benefits of liberalizing thinking that allows for the reconfiguration of rigid psychopathological medical models in current diagnostic systems and favors the humanization of medicine. In this construct, reasonable and integrative at first glance, there are some persistent limitations, internal contradictions and shortcomings that lead to criticism and controversy. In conclusion, widespread expansion of the movement of neurodiversity risks generating, maintaining and amplifying social fracturing and individual alienation.



neurodiversity, mental disorders, subjectivity, social rights, alienation

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