Dual Diagnosis or ‘Miss’-diagnosis of OCD with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
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by Brooke Elias
4d ago
It’s estimated that around three-quarters of a million people (1.2%) in the UK live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), at any one time (OCD-UK). OCD can be defined as a common mental health condition where an individual has frequent obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. Defining ‘Obsession’ & ‘Compulsion’ vs ‘Impulsion’ Obsessions could include unwanted and unpleasant disruptive thoughts, images or urges that enter your mind repeatedly, which creates feelings of anxiety, disgust, or unease. Compulsions could be defined as repetitive behaviours, or mental acts, that an indivi ..read more
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Strengths & Talents: Leaders with ADHD in the Workplace
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological difference and is part of the umbrella term ‘neurodiversity’ (which represents the different ways in which a person’s brain processes information). It is estimated that 3-4% of the UK population have ADHD. Whilst this number reflects reported diagnoses, the true number is expected to be higher. This can be the result of individuals being undiagnosed, as well as some neurodivergent individuals withholding their diagnosis due to the fear of being stigmatised.   In light of ADHD Awareness Month, it is important to consider the ..read more
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Dyspraxia: Dispelling the Myths
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
Dyspraxia is a common diagnosis that affects physical and motor co-ordination, and organisation. Dyspraxia also falls under the umbrella term of neurodiversity. However, unlike other common neurodivergent diagnoses such as dyslexia, ADHD, or autism, dyspraxia is still a relatively unknown quantity and often misunderstood. Many individuals with dyspraxia have a unique set of strengths, commonly these include: Creative and original thinking Good strategic thinking and problem-solving skills Determination and great work ethic Highly motivated Able to develop their own strategies to ove ..read more
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World Mental Health Day 2022
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
The theme for World Mental Health Day 2022 (10th October) is ‘Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for all a Global Priority’. We think nothing of starting our day by doing something that supports our physical wellbeing, for example eating breakfast, showering, or perhaps going to the gym. But most of us don’t think about starting our day by doing something that supports our mental wellbeing.   As we continue to juggle our busy lives in the aftermath of the global pandemic; keeping busy at work, balancing a healthy social and home-life, facing increases to our cost of living, it might well f ..read more
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Abigail’s Story: My Journey with Dyslexia & ADHD
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
Hello, my name is Abigail and I am a late-diagnosed neurodivergent individual. I was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 25 and ADHD at age 36.   Here’s my story…   Primary and Secondary School Support: None I grew up thinking I was a nuisance and thick, using humour to compensate, although I often got this wrong too. My school report would say ‘Abigail could do so much more if she tried harder’ or ‘Abigail is easily distracted’. One comment from a teacher always stayed with me, in secondary school my English teacher told me that although she knew what I was writing, the examiner would no ..read more
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Dyslexia: Breaking Through Barriers
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
10% of the UK population are thought to be dyslexic. This means that in your team of 10, one person may have dyslexia. With such high prevalence, we all need to understand dyslexia and how it may be experienced by those around us, but also how we can support dyslexic individuals to overcome barriers and maximise their strengths. We’ve highlighted some barriers that dyslexic individuals may face and how we can help to address them. Dyslexia can impact people in different ways, but common characteristics include challenges with: Literacy Working memory Organisation Confidence   W ..read more
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National Inclusion Week: Workplace Neuro-inclusivity
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
Although there has been significant positive work in the neurodiversity movement over the past decade, we are still seeing many organisations adopt a reactionary approach to supporting neurodiversity in the workplace. We often hear about the ‘lip service’ of organisations expressing their work to be inclusive publicly, but in reality, many individuals are not getting the support they need and are still met with reservations when they ask for adjustments.   Why is this? Many organisations lack awareness of neurodiversity, the value that it brings to their organisation, and how to support n ..read more
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Lexxic Celebrates 15 Years!
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
This weekend marks the 15th Birthday of Lexxic, and what a fantastic 15 years it has been! Here’s a few words from our Founder, Chair of the Board, and CEO, exploring our amazing journey over the years, and just how far we have come as an organisation leading the way in neurodiversity. Nicola James, Founder of Lexxic & Chartered Occupational Psychologist I cannot believe it’s 15 years on since I started Lexxic. I wanted to change a few lives in the field of neurodiversity, little did I realise just how many amazing people would be changing people's lives today. The amount of people who h ..read more
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Free Built-in Assistive Tech to Support Reading & Writing
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
For many, reading and writing can be quite an intimidating process, regardless of whether you have been diagnosed with a neurodifference or not. Assistive Technology (AT) aims to support users in managing and navigating obstacles and challenges, to help you perform at your best and achieve your full potential. There are lots of very clever pieces of software available, designed to support a wide variety of conditions and needs. If you’re not already familiar with what is out there, it can be daunting to see how much there is and difficult to know where to begin. Did you know? Personal Comput ..read more
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Mental Health and Neurodiversity in the Pandemic
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by Alison Hollingsworth
1M ago
Over 2 years on from the announcement of the first national lockdown, it is important to reflect on the impact this period has had on our mental health as we try to navigate the ‘new normal’. These periods of lockdown have led to significant changes to routine, forcing us to isolate ourselves from our friends and loved ones for extended periods, and significantly impacting on the self-care strategies contributing to our wellbeing. The pandemic lockdowns left us unable to see our family and friends for months, even years in some circumstances. Considering social support has a significantly pos ..read more
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