Understanding Neurodivergence with Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Understanding Neurodivergence with Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Katie Rose Guest Pryal joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to take a deep dive into what neurodiversity is and how it impacts writers.





Show Notes for Understanding Neurodivergence with Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Katie Rose Guest Pryal joins the Writing Your Resilience Podcast to take a deep dive into what neurodiversity is and how it impacts writers.

Here are a few questions to ponder as you listen to this episode: What do you know about neurodiversity? Do you consider yourself to be neurodivergent? If you are, how does that impact the way you set up your writing life, what you write about, and how you see the world?

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., is a bipolar-autistic author, keynote speaker, law professor, and expert in mental health and neurodiversity. Her books include Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education, the IPPY-Gold-winning Even If You’re Broken: Bodies, Boundaries, and Mental Health, and A Light in the Tower: A New Reckoning with Mental Health in Higher Education. She writes frequently for national magazines and speaks around the country about mental health and neurodiversity. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Episode Highlights

  • 2:00 Defining Neurodiversity 
  • 11: 00 The Power of a Diagnosis 
  • 15:00 The Problem of Overwhelm
  • 20:00 Reclaiming the Word Selfish
  • 26:00 Learn to Cope
  • 31:00 Fitting into the Narrow Band of “Normal” 
  • 34:45 Writing and Neurodiversity 

Items mentioned during this episode: 

  • Katie’s post about overwhelm: https://www.instagram.com/p/CzbTVgJgc5L/
  • Compton Cowboys: https://www.instagram.com/comptoncowboys/

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About Your Host


Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, and trauma-informed writing coach with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art, and currently teaches courses in memoir, the psychology of writing, and the book proposal. Her essays have appeared in Huffington PostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. 


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