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I keep learning new things about migraine. It's a heinously understudied disorder so science is still learning a lot about it, and still has a long way to go. But it is definitely a brain disorder which has impacts far beyond the attacks which are the things most people will identify with it. So we can very legitimately call ourselves neurodiverse people.

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And I've always known my brain kind of works differently. Before I started my PhD, I would always get my day job work finished super fast. I can identify with aspects of ADHD but not enough to fit a diagnosis. When I'm not down with an attack, I can almost go manic trying to make up for lost time. I have two degrees (one with honours), a grad dip, a masters, and I'm doing a PhD - despite getting regular, debilitating migraine attacks.

Neurodiversity 

Apparently migraine brains are great at attention to detail (check) but can also see the big picture (check). I love my field because sustainability science is so interdisciplinary and I get to learn about lots of things, but I also get really deep into the weeds with modelling.

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@pelagikat Interesting way to look at it. I have aspie/autie friends who frequently mistake me for one of them. I'm as allistic as you get, so this must have to do with the fact that I can get easily overstimulated and am reactive to changes in my environment and routines. These traits are related to my migraines and I have to manage them accordingly.

Like you, I balance detail and big picture thinking, and have a BA (Hons), MA, Adv Dip Sc, and am working on my MIS.

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