MEET Our Team

 
Mel-Planet-Neurodivergent-Founder-and-Editor

Mel - Founder, Editor

Why did I start Planet Neurodivergent?

I grew up with ADHD (combined type), Hyperlexia, and Dyspraxia. I was intelligent, bubbly and always surrounded by friends and, yet, underneath I was struggling seriously with chronic symptoms. Because of these symptoms, I developed a good dose of anxiety and OCD in high school leading to some unhealthy coping mechanisms. I ended up spiralling into depression in my late teens which has continued to plague me on and off throughout my life.

Now, I have a beautiful neurodivergent teen with a number of conditions. For years, I watched him become anxious as well-meaning people tried to turn him into a neurotypical so that he would ‘fit’ into society. This was a major turning point for me as I set about emphasising his many strengths like super-high empathy, amazing creativity levels, and an ability to think outside the box like I’ve never seen before. We no longer focus predominantly on his challenges and life has improved dramatically.

I consider myself neurodivergent and proud: a strong ADHD adult and a mental health warrior. I’ve learned that I have some amazing qualities to be harnessed and I want to use my past struggles to give back to the neurodivergent community.

I want to see a world where our neurodivergent kids and teens are taught to value their differences and champion their strengths. A world where, for example, adults with Tourette syndrome can tic and autistics can stim without judgement. A world where getting help for conditions like depression or anxiety is not frowned upon.

Hey, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one 😉. I’ve joined up with a team of neurodivergents who are just as passionate about seeing you succeed as I am. We write regularly about our neurodivergence and hope you get value from hearing how we’re succeeding in life.

Mel xx

 
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Sophie - Our IT Guru

Feature Writer, Anxiety & Body Language Consultant

Autism Spectrum

 
Stacia - Feature Writer,  Business/Entrepreneur Coach

Sullivan - Feature Writer, Online Yoga Practitioner

Autism Spectrum

 
Alyssa Feature Writer, ADHD Coach

Alyssa - Feature writer, ADHD Coach

ADHD, Anxiety

 
Jordan - Feature Writer, Autism and Neurodiversity Speaker and Advocate

Jordan - Feature Writer, Autism and Neurodiversity Speaker & Advocate

Autism Spectrum, Anxiety

 
Astrid - Feature Writer, Psychotherapist & Online Mindfulness Practitioner

Astrid - Feature Writer, Psychotherapist & Online Mindfulness Practitioner

Depression, Anxiety

 
Marc - Feature Writer, ADHD Coach

Marc - Feature Writer, ADHD Coach

ADHD, Depression, Anxiety

 
Sabine - Feature Writer, Dyslexia Coach

Sabine - Feature Writer, Dyslexia Coach

Dyslexia

 
Sullivan - Feature Writer, Online Yoga Practitioner

Stacia - Feature Writer,

Business/Entrepreneur Coach

ADHD, Depression

 
Samantha - Feature Writer, Homeopath

Samantha - Feature Writer, Homeopath

PTSD, Depression, Anxiety

 
Wickie - Feature Writer

Wickie - Feature Writer

Bipolar 2, ADHD, Paranoid Psychosis, Anxiety

 

Alissa - Feature Writer

ADHD, Anxiety

 
Tiffany - Feature Writer, Neurodiverse Relationship Coach

Tiffany - Feature Writer, Neurodiverse Relationship Coach

Autism Spectrum

 
Megan - Feature Writer

Megan - Feature Writer

ADHD

 
Jade - Feature Writer, BPD Coach

Jade - Feature Writer, Mental Health & BPD Coach

Borderline Personality

 
Sharon - Feature Writer

Sharon - Feature Writer

Depression, Anxiety, Autism Parent

 
Isidore - Feature Writer

Isidore - Feature Writer

Autism Spectrum

 
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Sandra - Feature Writer,

ADHD Kids & Women Coach

ADHD

 
Marta-Planet-Neurodivergent-Contributor

Marta - Feature Writer, Neurodivergent Activist

ADHD

 

 

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