Mental Health Promotion - how can it be improved to reduce social stigma? (2) Neurodivergence

3 March, 2022

We saw a lot of mental health issues in General Practice: 40 per cent of all GP appointments about mental health - Mind


Tuesday, 05 June 2018 Mind

Mind calls for better training and resource as GPs say numbers have increased in last year

A survey of more than 1,000 GPs has revealed rising demand for mental health support in primary care. GPs say that two in five (40 per cent) of their appointments now involve mental health, while two in three GPs (66 per cent) say the proportion of patients needing help with their mental health has increased in the last 12 months.

Some is caused by genetic neurodivergence: What Is Neurodivergence and What Does It Mean to Be Neurodivergent? (

Understanding Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is the idea that it's normal and acceptable for people to have brains that function differently from one another. Rather than thinking there is something wrong or problematic when some people don't operate similarly to others, neurodiversity embraces all differences. The concept of neurodiversity recognizes that both brain function and behavioural traits are simply indicators of how diverse the human population is...

Autism, dyslexia, ADHD, Other types of neurodivergence include Tourette's, dyspraxia, synesthesia, dyscalculia, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and chronic mental health illnesses such as bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression.



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