MEET Our Team
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.
Sophie - Our IT Guru
Feature Writer, Anxiety & Body Language Consultant
Sullivan - Feature Writer, Online Yoga Practitioner
Alyssa - Feature writer, ADHD Coach
Jordan - Feature Writer, Autism and Neurodiversity Speaker & Advocate
Autism Spectrum, Anxiety
Astrid - Feature Writer, Psychotherapist & Online Mindfulness Practitioner
Marc - Feature Writer, ADHD Coach
ADHD, Depression, Anxiety
Sabine - Feature Writer, Dyslexia Coach
Stacia - Feature Writer,
Samantha - Feature Writer, Homeopath
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety
Wickie - Feature Writer
Bipolar 2, ADHD, Paranoid Psychosis, Anxiety
Alissa - Feature Writer
Tiffany - Feature Writer, Neurodiverse Relationship Coach
Megan - Feature Writer
Jade - Feature Writer, Mental Health & BPD Coach
Sharon - Feature Writer
Depression, Anxiety, Autism Parent
Isidore - Feature Writer
Sandra - Feature Writer,
ADHD Kids & Women Coach
Marta - Feature Writer, Neurodivergent Activist
PAST & PRESENT Guest Writers
Dr Nick Walker - Neurocosmopolitanism
Robyn - Autism in my Nest
Kitt O’Malley - Bipolar Writer and Mental Health Advocate
Judy Singer - Neurodiversity 2.0