Tough love is overrated; instead, try some good old-fashioned love. Here are five things you should never say to your neurodivergent children:
1. ‘People have it worse than you.’
Never Say These 5 Things To A Neurodivergent Child
This is frequently confused with the racist adage “people are dying in Africa, you know!” We’ve been programmed to believe that being depressed or stressed means we’re being ungrateful. We have a bright sun, your children have a roof over their heads, and food is on the table. Why should they suffer from mental illnesses? For one thing, mental and developmental health is unconcerned about the positive aspects of life. Though trauma can cause depression, it is also associated with a chemical imbalance in the brain.
In terms of who it affects, this can be absolutely random. Not only would advising your children that they should hide their symptoms make them feel guilty, but it will also distance them from you and cause them to repress and cover their symptoms. You also educate kids that they can’t turn to you for aid because they’ll be rejected.