I am thrilled to introduce you to my book, “Misnamed, Misdiagnosed, Misunderstood,” a deeply personal exploration of NVLD, ADHD, and its profound impact on the lives of neurodivergent individuals like myself. My perspective is unique as a neurodivergent board- certified cognitive specialist working in the field. In a world where labels define us, where diagnoses shape our identity, and where understanding often falls short, there lies a profound need for empathy, knowledge, and compassion.
As someone who has experienced the challenges and triumphs of navigating a neurodivergent journey, I wrote this book to shed light not only on the little- known disorder NVLD, but for all those who think, learn, and do things differently (neurodivergents) with a variety of diagnoses. Although the causes of NVLD, ADHD, and spectrum disorders are different, typically there is an overlap of shared symptoms and strengths that go unnoticed in a society that values conformity.
In this book I take you beyond the surface-level understanding of these conditions, delving into the intricate web of symptoms, behaviors, vulnerabilities, work arounds, and treatments. You’ll peek firsthand into the overshadowed lives of those who have been marginalized due to their neurodivergent traits. Stereotypes are dismantled through a tapestry of narratives, intertwining personal and professional anecdotes, scientific research, and practical advice.
Be prepared to meet some remarkable individuals who have defied the limitations of their diagnoses by carving their own paths unique toward resilience, growth, and having a life worth living.
My hope is that this book will serve as a guiding light for neurodivergent individuals of all ages, providing validation, understanding, self-acceptance, and the tools to move forward in their lives. A resource for parents, families, friends, educators, helping professionals, employers, and the wider community. Recognizing that true understanding can only arise from learning, listening to others, and acknowledging the inherent worth of every individual.
Fostering a more inclusive society that embraces neurodiversity will not only empower neurodivergent individuals to thrive, but will also enrich our collective understanding of what it truly means to be human. May the pages of this book ignite conversations, inspire empathy, and pave the way for a future where the beauty of neurodiversity is celebrated.
I am immensely proud to share that “Misnamed, Misdiagnosed, Misunderstood” has received acclaim from Dr. Ned Hallowell, a distinguished psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author. Additionally, the book has received the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award in recognition of its exceptional contribution to the field of neurodiversity. Earning the Mom’s Choice Award is a significant accomplishment. It represents a mark of excellence, indicating that the recipient has surpassed rigorous evaluations conducted by a panel of judges consisting of industry professionals, parents, and educators.
These endorsements further highlight the relevance and importance of this work.
‘Vivid, compelling, poignant, full of heart and fresh understanding. But also full of current science and all the evidence any novitiate might need. Karanzalis is fervent in her desire to replace suffering, misunderstanding, and frustration with triumph, clarity, and sweet success for the mil lions of people who have NVLD as well as those who care about them.’
Dr. Edward Hallowell
Psychiatrist, New York Times Bestselling Author of Driven to Distraction
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Linda Karanzalis, Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist is the author of Misnamed, Misdiagnosed, Misunderstood, a new book on Nonverbal Learning Disorder and other brain-based challenges.
Dr. Ned Hallowell, a psychiatrist, a world-renowned expert on ADHD, and the New York Times best-selling author of Driven to Distraction says, “Linda’s book is vivid, compelling, full of heart and fresh understanding. Karanzalis replaces suffering with clarity and triumph for the millions of people with NVLD.”
Linda, who has NVLD and ADHD, has worked for more than 25 years with individuals of all ages with NVLD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and those on the autistic spectrum. As an author, podcaster, presenter, learning specialist, and ambassador for the NVLD Project, she provides validation, awareness, solutions, strategies, and, most importantly, compassion to the millions who live with neurodiversity. Find out more about her story and book at www.lindakaranzalis.com.
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