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Birds of a Feather: The Joy of Neurodivergent Friendships

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Loneliness is a national epidemic, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, as damaging to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Among people with ADHD, the experience of loneliness is especially prevalent. In a recent ADDitude survey, 80% of respondents reported feeling lonely, even in the company of others.Though loneliness is a tangled knot with many threads, for the neurodivergent, many of the contributing factors relate to a lack of understanding and empathy from others.

Eighty percent of readers reported that ADHD contributed to their feelings of loneliness. Specifically, they pointed to the following contributing factors:But breaking through this darkness was a bright beacon of hope: Half of readers shared that they relate best to other neurodivergent individuals.

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