Anonymous asked: Where did you get the word 'neurotypical'? Whenever I do a google search I get that it related to autism. I only heard the use of that word the way you use it when I encountered this blog. Also...what is your definition of neurotypical? (Since as I said I only run into autism stuff). Answer: Neurotypical simply means someone without a mental disorder or some other form of mental impairment. The word used for non-autistic people specifically is “allistic.”
I’m not sure about the origin of the word, but it’s been used in mental health spaces for years, with “neuroatypical” describing people who were mentally ill or otherwise mentally impaired, although the concern was brought up that discerning the difference between “neurotypical” and “neuroatypical” visually is difficult for people who are dyslexic or have some other form of impairment, and so people began to use “neurodivergent” to describe people who are mentally ill. People who have neurodevelopmental disorders and other mental impairments such as Alzheimer's are also included under this label.
In brief: Neurotypical: not mentally ill or otherwise mentally impaired Neurodivergent: mentally ill or otherwise mentally impaired Allistic: not autistic