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Old 12-26-09, 01:07 PM
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What does NT stand for?

I gather it is used on this forum as slang to refer to those without ADD/ADHD. However, I have no idea what it stands for, and it is not included on the acronym list. A forum search comes up empty also. I'm sure this has been asked by many new forum members so maybe an obvious sticky thread would be helpful? Is there one and I missed it? Thanks.
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Re: What does NT stand for?

I understand it to mean Neuro Typical as a quick designation for one who is not ADHD.

It is not a technical term but a short cut one. Not totally accurate but useful and seen often in the context of this forum.

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Re: What does NT stand for?

A suggestion actually came in to another section asking about pulling together a glossary and stickying it. Good call. Took me weeks to figure out what NT meant here- to me, it was an old Microsoft operating system!
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Re: What does NT stand for?

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I understand it to mean Neuro Typical as a quick designation for one who is not ADHD.

It is not a technical term but a short cut one. Not totally accurate but useful and seen often in the context of this forum.

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Re: What does NT stand for?

Here's three acronym glossary/guides...all in one thread http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11111

Hope it helps!
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Re: What does NT stand for?

Andrew,

I too had trouble with NT. It was only after looking at the acronym guide 3 times that I found it way at the end. Can I suggest an edit to put the really common ones at the beginning? Some I can think of besides NT would include all of the dear relatives such as DH, DS and DD (husband, son and daughter). Not sure why I never see DW Also, Dx and p-doc.
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Re: What does NT stand for?

the easiest thing to do is go to "edit" and then "find" and you can search within the document (or post, in this case) for exactly what you're looking for.
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Re: What does NT stand for?

Hmmm. Tried edit -> find on DH. Found Developmentally Handicapped not Dear Husband. While I bet some wives would claim that is the same thing, I would think that would be confusing to most.
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Re: What does NT stand for?

LOL. I thought I may be the only one who was hasn't jumped on the "acronym user's bandwagon" yet. I always saw where people used it in their posts, and wondered what in the he!! "NT" could possibly stand for.
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Re: What does NT stand for?

Beyond just meaning "person without ADHD," this term actually means "person free from any kind of psychiatric or psychologically differentiating features." So people without ADHD who have other psychiatric conditions are not "neurotypical."

It's worth noting that using this term gives implicit assent to the "neurodiversity" movement by using its terminology. I'd caution against using this term unless you are of that perspective, because using it makes you appear to be a proponent of that philosophy.

For example, I would never use this term because I do not support that social movement. I prefer the more exact "person without ADHD," which more appropriately includes a significant portion of the population (those with psychiatric disorders that aren't ADHD) that "neurotypical" does not. Meanwhile, when someone does use the term "neurotypical," I see them as supporters of the "neurodiversity" campaign, which may misrepresent their philosophy and cause me to assume they hold beliefs they may not.
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Re: What does NT stand for?

Neuro = (of the) brain Typical = normal/common.

So.... Normal Brain!

Normal, of course, being the term coined by people who see themselves as being the same as everyone else i.e. commonly encountered. If the majority of the population. for example, had ADHD, we'd be the NT's (interesting thought).

Bearing in mind the fact that every facet of our behaviour, personality etc. is governed by the way our mind works, the 'neurodiversity campaign' is something to which we all belong, simply by voicing the well-known fact that we are all different and unique.

I agree that on this forum, NT means 'not having ADHD or any of the other 'conditions' that are written about here'.

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Re: What does NT stand for?

Do you hear that? That's the sound of my slow march to eventually making a megathread about the neurodiversity movement. I should probably get access to the debates forum first though.

Amusingly, the term "neurotypical" was coined by autistic people and given as a label to people outside their social group. It's almost a pejorative.

I do not belong to the neurodiversity campaign and in fact oppose it as misguided. This is despite my being an advocate for mental health in my area, and a member of the ACA and AMHCA with a dedication to positive social change and acceptance and tolerance for people with mental disorders. So I am not some reactionary **** who hates equal rights or something. I think that particular social movement is off-base.
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Re: What does NT stand for?

That's interesting - autism coining the phrase (btw - I know nothing about the neurodiversity campaign ) thanks for the info. I was voicing my opinion as to how the idea of neurodiversity is inbuilt into mankind and as such is something that really shouldn't need a campaign (sad to say we need to be reminded that we are all different).

I'd be interested to discuss this with you.

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Re: What does NT stand for?

I was wondering the same thing. Thanks!
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