What does it mean to be neurodivergent and how does one learn to navigate the complexities around self-identity with cultural stigmas and neuro-myths at play? In this episode, Emily Chen shares her experiences living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a common, but underdiagnosed neurodevelopment challenge, and rarely discussed within Asian American households.
Emily's health journey has been one of self-discovery and learning. Her passions include teaching voice and piano. Today, she is a mental health advocate, an Asian Women For Health volunteer, and creator of DisOrient, an educational YouTube series on Asian American mental health, neurodiversity, and representation. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in speech language and pathology so she can advance the work on ADHD and executive functions. Emily embodies both strength and vulnerability in being "open and willing to seek and accept help.” Check out her resource links below.
More About Emily Chen:
Emily Chen (she/her), BMA, is a Taiwanese American mental health advocate, educator, and classical singer. She grew up in Greater Boston and is a graduate of DePauw University. In addition to being the creator of DisOrient, she also writes articles for Project Harmonious at University of Massachusetts Medical and ADDitude Magazine. In between these many endeavors, Emily enjoys writing poetry and songs, looking at trees on walks, and laughing loudly.
- Emily's website (with links to DisOrient): https://www.emilychenstudio.com/
- Emily's ADDitude Magazine guest blogs: https://www.additudemag.com/author/emily-chen/
- Project Harmonious at UMass Medical School (Chinese American mental health stories): projectharmonious.org
- "Maybe" (Emily's original song) for the 2021 Asian American Mental Health Forum: https://youtu.be/vdwybrFGUjY
- Emily’s Playlist favorite, "Racist, Sexist Boy" (The Linda Lindas): https://youtu.be/J5AhU5Q7vH0 and "Never Say Never" (The Linda Lindas): https://youtu.be/kTYvl0XgHOc
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