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Neurodiversity and Entrepreneurship

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Mental disorders were previously studied as problems in need of remedies like medication, interventions, or counseling. A common misconception that exists today is that those with mental health disorders are incapable of the same things that neurotypical individuals are. Neurodivergent individuals often perceive and process information differently than what neurotypical individuals consider “normal”. However, that does not make them any less capable. In fact, in many instances, particularly in entrepreneurship, neurological disorders have been linked to success. In 2015, Freeman et al., (2015 ) conducted a study on 335 individuals including 242 entrepreneurs. The study revealed that 49% of the entrepreneurs reported having one or more lifetime mental health conditions. They were also significantly more likely to report a lifetime history of depression (30%), ADHD (29%), substance use conditions (12%) and bipolar diagnosis (11%) than were comparison participants. These results suggest t