Season six is officially upon us and we’re excited for a number of reasons. First, we’re going to have the joy of talking to more To Write Love folks and holding in-person conversations. Second, the topics we’re diving into might feel a bit more culturally relevant. We’ll get into the mental health assumptions made based on the way someone dresses, different types of counseling like art therapy or combining two forms into one, using bodies as fashion and how it hurts our well-being, and even the burnout being experienced by teachers, parents, and students alike.
In today’s episode, we focus on two things that are rather intertwined. Two things that have become common topics and common language on the internet—especially on a little app called TikTok: namely, ADHD and neurodiversity. To help us lay out some definitions, break down some long-held stigmas, and address the gray area of digital self-diagnosis, we’re accompanied by TWLOHA team members Sabrina Coyle and Katie Mumper.
TWLOHA Graphic Designer, Sabrina Coyle is a Florida native and an avid creator. Almost every week, when she isn’t working on projects for the non-profit, she attempts to master a new hobby—sometimes with little luck but always with a whole lot of enthusiasm. Beyond work and artistic endeavors, you can find her cuddled up with her dog Luke while she crochets, plays Animals Crossing, or watches anime.
Our second guest Katie Mumper joined the TWLOHA team in 2018 after 12 years of experimenting with potential career paths. She now serves as Director of Communications. She loves being a geek about a variety of things—like Doctor Who, Broadway shows she enjoys, and her particular cross-section of TikTok—as well as being Aunt Katie to seven incredible young humans.
“When you don't get diagnosed until you're an adult, as a child growing up through adolescence you develop masking, and all of these different coping mechanisms that you don't even realize you're doing just so you can feel like you're fitting in. You don't know that you're doing that to fit in, but that just kind of encourages a misdiagnosis. ”
This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted by Chad Moses and produced by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor.
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