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Subject: Depression and Dyslexia


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Joan
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Date Posted: 19:34:47 03/03/10 Wed

I am curious about depression and dyslexia and how these two medical conditions interrelate with one another. When I ask doctors about this they all give me the same answer. They have nothing to do with each other. I say hog wash. Is there information out there that can back up me belief?

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Valerie
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Date Posted: 22:30:10 03/03/10 Wed

Joan,
First off let me just say….that I’m new to this site and can already feel some weight lifted from my shoulders after reading over the worries and concerns others have about being dyslexic. It feels SO GOOD to know that in a world where you feel all alone, your not. After reading your comment with depression and dyslexia, although I haven’t heard or read any information with the two being related with one another, I truly believe that they are. I say this because I myself, often feel down and out about everyday life and I know for a FACT it’s because of the struggles I face with being dyslexic. I spend a lot of my time thinking from all aspects about how much further along I would be in life if I wasn’t dyslexic. Talk about depressing… I could go on and on about the thoughts I have everyday and how much it brings me down. It’s sad writing this knowing that this is how I feel. I know that everyone struggles in their own ways with this disability, but it can really get the best of you knowing that there is “no cure” no quick fix or even a magic pill to make it go away. And even more so that in school we didn’t get the help we should have because researchers knew so little about dyslexia. So yes…in my opinion…I believe that they are related and if this is something you are fighting, my advice is to stay strong and do your best to surround yourself with things and people that make you happy and feel good about who you are. :)

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Paul
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Date Posted: 08:21:02 03/29/10 Mon

Why wouldn't depression be connected to dyslexia it is a 24/7 condition. Consider just human interactions alone require the need to hide what can't be defined or cured. I read another response on this site that was very intelligent. They look at dyslexia as a gift rather than a curse. We all know we are different somehow. That we get from A to B around about. So in light of todays social jackpots out there we may be on the right path afterall.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Precious
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Date Posted: 01:00:58 08/28/12 Tue

Hi, from your message I can see you very depressed by being dyslexic, but there some advantages I have recently find about being dyslexic that I think might very helpful. Most there advantages are this book :The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain, By Brock L.and Fernette F. Find this book I'm telling you will be glad your dyslexic, There is a lot I didn't know in this book and it has changed the way I think about dyslexia

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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elaine paul (wot to do ?)
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Date Posted: 07:28:51 07/18/10 Sun

im a 44 year old female: since iv got back into the workforse iv notice more and more that tere is something not right about myself,my spelling,my reading,and numbers i get bk to front , my short turm memory is bad but my long turm is better!i have such a great laugh at myself with the things i do! but deep down i get frustrated with myself, my coordanation is shocking aswell , ill start reading a book or magazeen or paper and start reading it bk to front instead of opening the start off a book paper ect: lucky my boss understands i have a problem and laughs with me a bout it or i wouldnt have a job !

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Brigid (FUNNY AND SAD)
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Date Posted: 10:50:47 01/23/11 Sun

I've for got your name already, is'nt that tipical. Elaine, i think. I've just come across this site and i laughed when i read your response to depression and dyslexia. Your the first person that sounds just like me. Its good to know we're not alone. your funny.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Great gal
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Date Posted: 16:35:23 12/29/11 Thu

In africa a few people know about it!which makes it more ackward.am always in ma mind.my cordination sucks.am eva 4getn staf.en i cnt date cz ov ma insecurities.i fl lyk a beauty who fls ugly insyd.en is lockd up so dat no 1n knws.*tear drop*mum knws i gat a problem she js doesnt knw d problem gat a title.*sad*f dyslexia is a gft.ts painful.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Mark (Philosophical)
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Date Posted: 11:02:50 08/22/10 Sun

If, as dyslexics, we have to work harder to achieve what others take for granted. If, as dyslexics, we think in a different way so that people think we are unintelligent and unable then we need to remember that it is not us with a "disability" but that society has a disability. I have worked hard to achieve what I have achieved. I know that I think so differently from others and yet I get lost easily, have very little sense of direction. I have poor hand eye coordination in sport if I have to hit something but I can run and be happy with that. I forget things or repeat things that I have already organised. My mind is constantly trying to remember what it is I said I would do. My family find it so frustrating and it damages our relationships when they see the results of my dyslexia rather than me. Nobody is good at everything and there are plently of people who cannot do something and it is nothing to do with dyslexia. We are good at ideas not organisation. If we don't think and challenge the others then how are we all going to evolve into better human beings. Being dyslexic is a privilidge but a difficult one. I frequently suffer with low self esteem because of other people's expectations that I cannot meet. I need to have the strength of my own convictions. I am worthy and I do make a difference. We all do. So I get depressed but it is because of other people's reactions to what I do and not because I am not worthy of being special and held in high regard.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Brigid (congratulations)
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Date Posted: 10:59:14 01/23/11 Sun

Hi Mark, it was lovely to read what you had to say. I have just come across this sight. Im sorry it wasn.t here years ago. Thats all we need is to be understood.I've been Dyslex for a long time, 53yrs and its been difficult. But im getting there. Im back at collage, and doing it my way.

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Ash
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Date Posted: 14:15:56 03/04/11 Fri

What a lovely uplifting message! Thank you!!

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Precious
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Date Posted: 01:08:37 08/28/12 Tue

Thanks for this message Mark. considering the constant depression we face in trying to meet the standard and trying to be normal it is in such words that we find peace with who we are.. thanks again Mark

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Anita Howard (Damaged but looking forward with hope)
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Date Posted: 03:08:33 08/31/12 Fri

I'm not sure how to start, school was an unpleasant experience and my parents spent a great deal of money sending me to extra lessons for reading and later French. I have had dunces hat put on my head, teaches making me read because they new it would be entertaining for the rest of the class, stopped from doing the levels of study because I could not write well enough to in my final year when asked by my English teacher what I was planning on doing next year. To which I replied study Physicology , she laughed and said I was so dumb I would not even matriculate.
I did not discover until I was 53 that most people did not see the printed word As I did with every letter having an after image. I now at 56 with clinical depression am trying to come to terms with my past. This year I have completed 2 writing course and yes I still have my spelling and reading problems, but I have discovered that I can write and with this new released ability I am writing some children's stories where because of a difficulty or two the child has gained worthy gifts that they might not have had otherwise, I hope these stories might bring some hope to others.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Allison
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Date Posted: 15:47:45 10/09/10 Sat

I agree that Depression and Dyslexia are related with each other, but not way doctors and psycology believe it is. From my experiences with own dyselxia, I believe that we suffered from high level of low self-esteem, which is brought on by people within society, who express that our difficult does not exist or is real. This make me really angry, as I have suffered this disability all my educational life.

I was diagnosed when I was 10 years old, younger to be helped you would think, but because Australia is backwards in education of Dyslexia this was not true. I struggle through school, and today I still struggle with my life, especially when people cristise my dyslexia or anyone else who has dyslexia.

I supposed this why I have a passion to work with children who have a disability, especially those who have disability cannot seen by the physcial eye.

Throughout my life, espescially when I was at school, I had many sucicde thoughts. I am glad I never carried them out. But I still have them today, especially when people can't accept who I am. If anyone has read JK Rowling books (Harry Potter) they will understand what I mean when I say I feel Remus sometimes, especially when people express in their actions that they afraid to employ us, because it will ruin their repuatution.

Some of the saying that helped me to feel better are: A picture say thousands words and actions speak loud than words. I think these saying describe ability and success in life.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Neil Alexander-Passe (Happy)
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Date Posted: 15:05:21 01/24/11 Mon

Dyslexia and depression is a really interesting subject, and a subject close to my heart, as a dyslexic myself who struggled in school. So much so, that I began to do research into this, studying 29 dyslexic adults, 22 had depression.

You can read this research in my book 'Dyslexia and Depression: The Hidden Sorrow', or look at my research on my website: www.dyslexia-research.com

I found that the depression that dyslexics develop comes from how the deal with a inhospitable world that values reading and writing above all other skills.

As a designer by training, I know that there are so many other skills that dyslexics can use to gain self-worth.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Elaine (Questioning)
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Date Posted: 10:26:29 02/19/11 Sat

I have only now, after 47 years, decided to face my dyslexia. It has kept me from moving forward and chasing my dreams.
My occupations have always been in the retail field, it allows me to communicate with people one on one, rather than focus on skills. My love for people and my need to others has moved me back to college. My first test in reading an A, my second was a D. I almost died.... identifying a topic sentence. This for someone who can't organize your thoughts has me going crazy. I will not fail. I'd love some advice in how I might strengthen my skills,
and appreciate any suggestions.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Ash
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Date Posted: 14:27:07 03/04/11 Fri

I find computers have changed my life!! Try downloading Claro V5!! You can get it for free for the first 15 days and I have to admit it is the best thing I have found in a long time!!! I hope it will help you!!

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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chichi
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Date Posted: 22:24:09 10/28/11 Fri

To everyone who is in college or who plans on going back to college,I highly recommend the use of the school's writing center. I will also suggest the use of a close and reliable friend who you can confine in without disregard of rejection to edit your papers. I personally used my mother through undergrad, but I try really hard for her not to check my work while I'm in my master's program because I want to see my academic growth without her assistance. However, the on campus "free" writing services on campus are a huge help. They won't only help you but provide explainations to why something may be wrong. I also would suggest to plan ahead, schedule down time and go back to edit your work. If you rush to complete assignments you will look over simple mistakes. Read aloud to yourself and you may notice that what you said may not be what is written. These tips have helped me through the years. Hope this helps!

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Ann-Marie O'Leary
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Date Posted: 16:16:37 03/29/11 Tue

Joan
Thank you so much, just knowing someone else feels the same way thanks

Ann-Marie

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Linda Farnsworth
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Date Posted: 19:42:50 05/20/11 Fri

I have taken antidepresive medication for 30 years. Yes it is depressing to try and function this way and it takes all you have to hide it from everyone. Teacher,other students you name it. You do not want anyone to know you can't read.
I have 2 eyes that didn't work together. In other words all text was blurred. I didn't know it was any other way. Then I find I am dyslexic and I have ADHD. Having ADHD makes it hard to stay focused long enough to read.I had this texting done when I was 54.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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dee,tee (happy,sad,lost,found,not, yet,,,)
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Date Posted: 07:44:03 02/03/12 Fri

forgot what you said,already,but get what you,ment,when i read,ur comment,am kinda like,you,am 52,not been checked out yet,scary,the thot,not done the antie deppsesants,been kiddin myself,,hid behind,drink,smoking,the happy,stuff,none of it works,,havin glass o wine now,wonderin,when,,am gona have the currage,to go to docs,to find out if am just stupid,or dyslexic,,see i work for nhs,helpin poeple,with dementia,sometime wondering if av got that,thats scary to,hope not,,anyway,,time,to find out for me,my son,grandson,and thanks,,you just brought it all back to me,not that its ever,,left me,as you can,understand,,

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Gus (Sad)
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Date Posted: 13:58:51 05/17/12 Thu

Drink to cope I no this is not answer but helps

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Mars (: ) refreshing)
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Date Posted: 14:10:39 06/12/11 Sun

I too think there is.
I went to the Drs the other month due to depression and it was strongly linked everyday stresses building up, frustrations, low self esteem and little focus. etc.
It is very refreshing to hear of similar dyslexics. I am getting on better trying to be more focused and positive!
Mars

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Christine Grace
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Date Posted: 18:32:47 08/13/11 Sat

As someone else mentioned, its a 24 hour condition. In a lot of a ways it rules my life: my current, past, and future problems. I remember in school my greatest humiliations was my lack of hand-eye-coordination, doing bad at sports, being laughed at, and always being picked last.
I have great difficulties staying organized, which makes it difficult to keep tract of the goals I created for myself, and leading a fast-paced fully productive life with every moment used exactly the way I would of, I could of, planned using it. I have a pile of recreational books with knowledge inside each one I wish to obtain- but the battle with my focus, comprehension, and speed is too much of a struggle and painful strain.
I spent High School home-schooled because I was completely flunking out of and not keeping up with the Algebra of Junior High School. I procrastinated on and self sabotaged myself for a long time with taking the G.E.D. after I completed all the high school home school academy curriculum with my mother, because of an extreme performance anxiety that I felt I was still way too unprepared for it and that there was no way I could pass this extremely important series of tests that are the key before I can apply to a college. Now I am 21 and still haven't taken the G.E.D. tests, am so anxious to move into my own apartment and start my career- I still do not feel that I am ready for the G.E.D tests even after all the GED prep courses I have completed, but realize I won't ever feel confidently emotionally prepared. All I can do is get the extended time and such that is granted to me during the testing during my dyslexia and hope for the best. At any rate it is cause for great anxiety and depression.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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chichi
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Date Posted: 22:36:11 10/28/11 Fri

Hey,
I strongly encourage you to just "do it" like Nike. Testing for anyone is hard but with dyslexia it can be even harder. You have the option to use extended time and use a less restricted environment if you request it. Use the acommodations that you have. There's nothing wrong with that. The only person stopping you from success is you. What's the worse that could happen...? You may have to retake it but on the brighter side you know what your weaknesses are.Don't hold yourself back from success. Once you get your GED you canapply to a community college (no weight on GPA or SAT scores) and gain additional skills. Under the Disability Act it is required that you get academic acommondations. You will not fail but you do have to put in the work. Think about what you like to do on a regular basis and place it in a career field you may enjoy. What you do today affects tomorrow...Good Luck!

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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chris (fighting)
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Date Posted: 12:18:07 08/18/11 Thu

i can understand what people say here about depression and dyslexia ......i wasent diagnosed until i was 17 ,young age but hated school since first day at an age of 6 so damaged was done,no self esteem and no support from parents and school ,special class didnt help made it worse......until i skipped 290 days during my last 3 years in high school,went to therapist and he diagnosed me and told i have a special gift and school wasent good enough so he took me out,best decision he ever did for me..........im 30 and still feels like im fighting against the world ,no one understands me ,feel alone sometimes .................i know how it feels

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[> [> Subject: dyslecsic people


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stephanie
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Date Posted: 02:08:09 04/11/12 Wed

being dyslecsic is not a problem it is a solution for manny problems people with dyslexiea have the BEST problem solving skills they are verry smart not with school but with life unfortonaly people dont see thatthey are generaly closed minded and fortonaly people with dyslexia are not and most inportantly we are not folowers we think outside the box most become inventors just look up famus inventors most of them are dyslecsic and struggled through schools if only teachers will see that try new aproches and harness this gift called dyslexia

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Rosemary Clarke (sad, frustrated and angry)
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Date Posted: 03:00:54 05/07/12 Mon

Hi everyone, I really value all of your open and honest comments. I took a Dyslexia Test 18 months ago, found out at the age of 49 years that I am dyslexic. I have been treated for depression for the past 30 years. Learned to read at age 11. Struggled at school, constantly bullied.
Depression and Dyslexia go hand in hand. I've struggled all my life, with learning difficulties, everything I have achieved, has taken tremendous effort, and this is emotionally draining. It's uplifting to know I am not alone! Yes we have all experienced more than our fair share of knock backs. "I believe that there is a genetic link to dyslexia." My father and brother, 'all though never tested', both showed signs of being severe dyslexics. Both men however are SO intelligent! They have fantastic memories, and are outstanding public speakers. My brothers art work, verges on genius! I believe Dyslexia is linked to intelligence. We dyslexics know how frustrating it is not to be able to get our points across, either written or verbally or BOTH! It is the world and not us who are missing out, as we are some of the most intellectual, peoples in this world. What we have to do, is learn to harness our individual talents. I keep trying to achieve the impossible. I am a natural artist, and must return to the paint brush. We all have individual talents. Value yourselves, and others will follow! I must learn to be my own best friend, so when depression comes knocking, I will be able to face it square in the face! And so can you!

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Toni (Visual thinker)
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Date Posted: 04:16:58 06/19/12 Tue

Hi everybody,

I have diagnosed and treated dyslexia since very young. I went to college and get licensed in Fine Arts. I suffered bulling from some class students at high school, because somehow they felt I was different of them somehow. Teachers didn´t help much either and my father always considered me lazy or stupid.
Nowadays I feel proud of being different and in many ways better than non-dyslexic people. I have an special 6th sense, something like an intuitive inteligence wich makes me see things in a way others dont realize.
The worst side of being dyslexyc arrived when I finished studies and started working. I have had many problems and I have finally ended working in the family bussines. I have a cronic psicosomatic disorder since I was a teenager and I have to take medication for depression and stress, and I guess it will be all my life long.
Even I now realize advantages I have as a Dyslexic person I think my depression is not biological: It is because of what being a dyslexic person involves in our society and misunderstanding from class companions, some stupid teachers and family sometimes wrong attidude.
My conclusion is that most dyslexics are quite more intelligent than average people; But don´t have the tools to fully develop their habilities. This non functional potencial gives you a great sense of frustration. To end I will just add that dyslexia offers us some gifts: It maybe great imagination, empathic habilities, artistic skills, etc.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Katie
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Date Posted: 18:47:24 08/02/12 Thu

Hi there,

I believe there may be a link in relation to how dyslexia feels which may cause depression.

I was diagnosed during a sevre episode of depression at the age of 10. I believe of a lot of why I was feeling so low was because of the mis-understanding between myself and the adults/teachers around me.

My mother forced me through counselling, etc to help me. It did to some extent but now I more keep those feeling hidden from her due to Bad experiences with several counsellers who didn't understand and thought I was just making it up.

Still to this day, I go through stages of depression mostly relating to how frustrate and how I feel it is pointless to try and explain, get help to further my education, etc.

I'm glad I am not the only one out there who has had an extreme issue with this. My big brother- being the first out of the family had a lot more support and help. The same approch was taken with me- unfortunately. I don't feel it was as effective.

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Valerie
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Date Posted: 21:42:02 03/09/10 Tue

Hello again, I wanted to share with you that I was on another website where people can post all kinds of comments and tips to help with Dyslexia and someone had asked about depression being related to dyslexia. Another person had responded and said that it is related. He recommended a book called "Smart but Stuck". Maybe this could be of great help to you. I'm gunna check out myself. :)

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Joan
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Date Posted: 14:42:05 03/19/10 Fri

Thanks Val for the suggestion

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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wendy (Isolation causes depression)
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Date Posted: 18:49:51 04/03/10 Sat

Dear Joan
I experienced a lifetime with dyslexia without knowing and in hindsight used the typical coping mechanisms that allow you to navigate through life with the major communication problems. At 44 I was injured significantly and also suffered a major hearing loss which led to a loss of health, career and personal life. This combined crisis shattered my ability to compensate which consequently led to a loss of social confidence and yes depression is a result. I was a very confident and competent person who had managed to achieve through great perseverence but once you can no longer hold it together no one is left as you are use to being the strong "resilient" one. I think what I found the fair weather family and friends the greatest loss. I guess it is easier for people not to be there when they don't know how to help.Yes withdrawal and depression are natural responses due to the isolation associated. I hang with my cats and other animals (waterbird rescue)as they are so loving and accepting. The greater lack of kindness and empathy of our species is a trait I do not cope well with and can do without. I really enjoy being by myself but keen for intellectual stimulation which I am hoping to gain doing research with pelicans. I recommend to hang with other species as they communicate on a level that does not require reading, spelling or acting together. All the best get yourself two cats Wendy

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Pamela Devereux
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Date Posted: 17:23:31 04/25/10 Sun

I believe that dyslexia,and depression,indeed, go hand in hand.I was diagnosed with dyslexia in my late 30's. My therapist,at the time,thought that the dyslexia was the antecedent-it made me susceptible to severe bouts of depression.With the help of a therapist,and medication I was able to go to college,and get my BA in psychology.If your doctor does not see a connection,he/she is not current with new studies linking these two syndromes together.I hope you find someone who will listen to yo,and take you seriously.Good luck.

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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laura bright
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Date Posted: 17:23:45 04/28/10 Wed

I have always felt depression even before i found out i was dyslexia. it did help me a little know that i have a learning disabilty. I think depression is apart of haveing a disability. I hope the best for you. i know how depression feels like ! i want to meet people like myself. Do you know of websites for people with learning disabilty. you can eamil me laurabright90@gmail.com

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Val
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Date Posted: 22:39:50 05/15/10 Sat

I am 53 and have been treated for depression with medication
This started back in 1992 and I fight it every day this Dyslexia is hard to deal with good luck.

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Doreen Chappell
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Date Posted: 00:14:48 10/04/10 Mon

I am a teacher of adults with dyslexia, within Skills for Life programmes and have worked with people with dyslexia for over 30 years, from primary to HE. I also have relatives with dyslexia. I do not have dyslexia, but have had depression. Many learners I have worked with, at various levels of ability and achievement, have had depression and other mental health issues. I do think that undiagnosed and un recognised/understood dyslexia can lead to a depreciation in mental health. The noticeable improvements that people with dyslexia make in well being when recognised, supported and listened to are worth measuring. I also feel that when I had depression, I shared some of the feelings that affect people with dyslexia - the shame and feeling of being misunderstood which many of my learners report, for example.

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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steven
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Date Posted: 09:28:52 11/11/10 Thu

Of course there is a correlation. If you find life difficult for whatever reason, it will get you down and hence more likely to slip into depression. Trick is to realise the reason for it and come to terms with it.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Robert (sad and lost)
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Date Posted: 12:36:58 04/12/11 Tue

my wife diagnosed with schizophrenia,paranoia and depression. MY daughter to young...seen to much, was involved in much she did not understand/ later in life found to be 95% dylexic struggles with low self esteem anxiety depression, afraid to be alone afraid to go out, does she get followed, attacked or lost. Verbal and physical abuse from a boy,who later died/ my daughter thinks god has left her blames herself /sees visions of him in her room/ night mares panic attacks/ thoughts of self harming death wishes she was questions her sexuality/ A psychiatrist says she is not psychotic but a docter only prescribes anti-depressants/ only scraping the surfase/ so where is the help

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Ruth
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Date Posted: 18:22:35 12/13/10 Mon

I am dyslexic and I am depressed. Dyslexia causes depression. Depression does not cause dyslexia.

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claire (where to turn)
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Date Posted: 03:38:11 01/13/11 Thu

i was put in a special school at 14 i left i have no qualifications i feel depreesed all my life iv done cleaning jobs i worked in a factory for a bit and got my packing wrong because of my shit reading used the wrong stuff so i got put on cleaning up cardboard i dont what to do but im nothappy 31 years old now

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damefrank
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Date Posted: 22:58:46 01/17/11 Mon

It's not hogwash my friend. Here's what depression is...it's when you have a problem no one has the answer to. It's needing to make a change in your life but you don't know where to start since the problem seems so big.

And, truly, the only way out of depression is we just get sick and tired of being depressed. One day you will look back and the depression will be gone. If you take note, you will see that your life did change. You do have an aspect of dyslexia for certain. The problem for you is identifying with others of your kind and those who understand you. There is plenty of info out there. Try Children of the Code website as a beginning, plenty of access there to more information.

Once you become aware of others who struggle with what you have, your depression will lift and you will be able to achieve greater confidence and self-esteem, maybe drive less and certainly not take much crap from people. The more you learn about your "challenge" and how common it is, the more your friends and family will know and become more tolerant to.

Check my site, go to 'links' and check out some the websites! And have a most excellent day! www.gabbyswordspeller.com

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Alexandra
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Date Posted: 21:23:04 02/07/11 Mon

Thank you so much for posting this. I'm into my first month in collage I feel completely overcome by depression. I think im a smart person and im working so hard ever single day and nothing shows. I'm getting %50 in tests that i have spent days on end studying for.When i get then back teachers have written rude and unnecessary comments on them implying that and stupid and not trying hard enough.

before high school i was tested and it was discovered that i was dyslexic, but because that was over 5 years ago, the test has "expired" and im on the waiting list to get it again...therefore none of my teachers can legally mark my work any differentially.

Thanks again to everyone who has posted!

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sam
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Date Posted: 00:29:20 02/19/11 Sat

i have dislexcia and i am 49 i have worked all my life ihave no savings and i have allways been in low payed jobs but i have worked hard to try and make somethig out of my life but to no eveil. ta the plaece were i work thay do a bonas sceem but i have it defitcult to to larne the jo b so i dedant get my full bonase becuse of defects in my work but i had 100 parcent atendace you can work so hard and get so littal i cant aford a car driving lessos or my own house i have no chldren iwonted a carear and i feel that i am just a dron working to keep the riche in there posh life stials and i will die pore and not evethan have the money to pay for my funral

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Robert (sad and lost)
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Date Posted: 04:10:39 05/08/11 Sun

SAM ,never give up, the fight goes on,I know it is hard, but you can get there I feel for you and understand where you are at,NEVER GIVE UP.

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Ash
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Date Posted: 14:41:21 03/04/11 Fri

I have had so many problems getting through school and college!! But I think as a dyslexic person you have a drive in you that you have to prove to the world that they are wrong!!! I kinda feel that I wan't to just say F*** you all!!! To all my teachers who thought I wouldn't get anywhere especially my English and History teachers!!Who were to lazy to teach me! Even though I am in the 90% in comprehension and I had the general knowledge of a 17 year old when I was 8!! When I think about how stupid dyslexia makes me feel I do get feelings of depression and suicide!! I am 23!!! And i have felt like this since I was around 4 or 5!! It is a fright to god that the world does this to children!! Not only that but very bright children who really love learning but not in the same way that a verbal thinker does!! I hate the world for being so hard on me!! But I would never give up being a dyslexic!!! When you think about it verbal thinkers will never see the world in the same light that we do!! To a degree I feel sorry for them but I must admit life is so easy for them!! I don't think dyslexia is scientifically linked with depression but I think the difficulties related to dyslexia have a role to play in depression!! This website is so wonderful!! I thought I was all alone!! Thanks to who ever started it!!

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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cheryl
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Date Posted: 16:59:05 03/19/11 Sat

Your doctor is wrong. I have dyslexia and depression. Dyslexia, as you probably know causes a lot of anxiety and that anxiety causes depression. Your doctor probably doesn't know enough about dyslexia. I know how frustrating it is but hang in there, you are not alone.

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Robert
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Date Posted: 17:05:59 03/21/11 Mon

reading through all of these messages on depression and dyslexia, my daughter only 19 struggles evry day of her life finding out at collage she was 95% dyslexic/ now trying to get help for depresion, thoughts of death memory loss/ do they all go together/ where is the understanding and help out there

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Robert (sad and lost)
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Date Posted: 03:48:42 05/08/11 Sun

No-one knows nor understands what lies within.Within a confused state of mind of a Dyslexic mind, Anxiety and Depression sets in.Trapped within,where is the help,or hope and understanding to set them free, with all directions seemingly coming to a dead end/ is all lost?

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Kim
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Date Posted: 16:33:36 05/09/11 Mon

Robert,
I know what you mean, sometimes it seems like why keep trying. Lately, I have just been saying hey I'm dyslexic,
my spelling is terrible or I don't remember. I try to laugh it off with other people but, be honest at the same time. Sometimes, my significant other and I laugh about the "first kiss", because my memory is so bad, I forget a lot of what we have done together. So, we tease each other when we kiss sometimes and pretend it is the first kiss.
It helps, but, it still is terribly hard, especially at work.
No one is going to really understand unless they are dyslexic. That is way I appreciate this web site so much!
Kim

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Eva26g
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Date Posted: 10:45:05 07/14/11 Thu

I believe that depression and dyslexia can go hand in hand. It is very difficult at times to cope with Dyslexia. Thank you for the post.
What is Dyslexia

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james
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Date Posted: 08:27:55 08/08/11 Mon

THANKS FOLKS SIMPLE WORDS I MUST GO TO MY DICTIONARY. I TELL MYSELF I WILL REMEMBER NEXT TIME BUT NEVER COULD. IT IS SO HARD TOBE WORKING SO HARD ALL THE TIME.

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Linda
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Date Posted: 21:17:15 05/16/11 Mon

I agree with the doctor - there is no physical evidence that dyslexia is a medical or health condition and hence to connect it as a health condition to dyslexia is simply wrong. However, as our society relies on literacy to define people it can be tied to depression. When we are not accepted for who we are and struggle with other expectations mental health issues can arise.

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[> Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia


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Claire
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Date Posted: 08:05:48 05/17/11 Tue

I didn't read the replies as you have many, but dyslexia does not automatically cause depression, however, struggling in life and feeling stupid would make most people feel depressed don't you think?

I was told too that my child is too young to be "depressed" but I wouldn't take no for an answer and low and behold I was right!

My son has dyslexia and was struggling with depression. The depression is what finally got others to listen to what I said all along and finally get him the help he needed!

Now that we are finnaly diagnosed and getting him help his depression is getting better. When he was tested it was found he is actually gifted IQ but has dyslexia and ADD. THat news alone helped him so much just knowing he isn't stupid but rather his brain just sees things differently.

Dyslexia is REALLY tough to deal with for children. Often they suffer silently for longer than we realize and suffer more severely than we realize. Everyone around you can read but you struggle to read cat, not something you want to share with the world when you are scared to get teased, know what I mean?

Also often times dyslexic also have ADHD or ADD and with ADD or ADHD comes self esteem issues. That is very common. I Have ADHD and feeling confident about myself has been a lifelong battle, I can't imagine how tough it would be to have that and dyslexia!

Claire

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Eric (Miffed at the Doctors...)
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Date Posted: 20:40:30 08/06/11 Sat

Hi,

As a dyslexic, I can tell you first hand that depression is a "byproduct" of dyslexia. After telling my ADD /Dyslexia doctor my story, he asked me a few questions. One of the questions that he asked me was...are you depressed? I replied after I would make a simple mistake I would go through a downspiral effect, going through too many bad memories, then I would get depressed. The bad memories start when I was a very young child. Now, as a treatment, he has put me on a mood stabalizer plus an ADD med. I just started taking them, and I have seen good results. I don't get depressed when I make a mistake, and I am no longer walking around in a mental fog. I am sure you all know I am talking about. So, in short...when a non-ADD/ADHD/Dylexia Doctor tells you there no correlation between Dylexia and depression...then he/she needs to have their "heads examined" (like we have)..because it is obvious that there is direct correlation. I'm glad I finally found a Dylexia forum. Thanks for "listening".

I just signed up for this Dyslexia Newsletter. Go to these pages:

http://www.dyslexia-adults.com/50.html

www.worldofdyslexia.com

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megan (Reality)
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Date Posted: 03:28:36 08/08/11 Mon

I was diagnosed with dyslexia when i was eight, my ballet teacher realised i did everything backwards or out of order or something.. Im 23 now, i have a honars degree in photography, i work for a governance sporting organisation in a managers role.. you would think i should be happy, proud.. the truth.. my emplyers have no idea i have dyslexia and i dont rememeber how to even use my camera, i feel like a frawd im lying my way through life. I used to be positive, but i think im warn out faking does that. Im not sure if i have depression or not ive wondered it a few times, ive had some horrific deaths in my life so when ever im down i just presumed it was that.. imagination helps when you can imagine them right next to you.. I see pictures when i think, dream and sleep.. but since starting my job 9 months ago i dont see pictures, i dont dream big.. i have started having OCD as well.. everything has to be clean yet cudboards must be open.. its weird. I still dont read very well i skim read and by skim read i mean i miss a million words. I have been lucky enough my paretns supported me so i have done the Ron davis course, phonix and SPELD but hmmm... i dont want a pill to change my dyslexia i just want to be happy again

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Russell Van Brocklen
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Date Posted: 07:27:34 08/09/11 Tue

From a medical doctor's prospective dyslexia and depression are not related. However, it is the effect of the others telling the dyslexic student that they are stupid, repeatedly, that can cause depression.

I went through this growing up; I was the "stupid dyslexic". It is hard, but it must be done, to tell the dyslexic student to concentrate on what they are good at. Given the structural changes in the both the United States, and world economy, this is sound advice.

Going forward each of us will need to show the unique strengths that we each have, and how this can help the company we work for. This is where a dyslexic, focusing on the students strengths, has a significant advantage of their general education peers.

I created http://www.dyslexiaconsultants.com/ to provide the best general information on dyslexia online. In order to support the website I am starting an online tutoring business for highly motivated dyslexic high school and college students, using an innovative new approach based on the latest research in neural science, which was presented at the International Dyslexia Association, New York City Branch, in 2006.

In order to get a better idea about the capability of the online tutoring service I am offering, please visit www.TutorFi.com/demo and take a minute to view the video.

Please give me your feedback regarding the video and if you know any motivated dyslexic high school or college student’s that could use my special assistance, please visit me at http://www.tutorfi.com/manhattan-tutor and fill out the form on the right side of the webpage, below my picture.

I would appreciate you visiting me at http://www.dyslexiaconsultants.com/.

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GS
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Date Posted: 14:37:45 08/22/11 Mon

I think yeas of being pegged as stupid or lazy or whatever the flavor of the week is, then going through life knowing you are smarter than the intelligent ones can cause one to be depressed. Can it actually cause clinical depression where its primarily a chemical imbalance?... I'm not sure but if on the edge od depression the stress if dyslexia can push one over for sure. Some people say dyslexia is a “gift”...I say BS. Maybe if you have it mildly but full blown it’s a nightmare. I have spoken to people who say oh I have dyslexia then they tell you what their symptoms are and well...maybe slightly and that’s ok, but when you have it bad its simply a crutch

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naomi
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Date Posted: 02:42:06 04/11/12 Wed

no it is a gift im a 4th generation deslexic as fare as my famly knows mabby it gose further IT IS A GIFT AND YOU SHOULD IMBRACE IT i struggle alot but iv been able to right grate stoys help out others older than me with their problems make wonderful music draw awsome art sher im geting 60 and under in school but FUCK SCHOOL!!!! i would not give this gift up for annything even if i fail i have the drive to get back up your not a true dyslexic if your going to give up like that im sick of people saying its a curs im 15 now im failing but im proud because i know im failing at somthing i have no intrest in somthing that dosent matter BUT IM PASSING LIFE. life isent about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to dance in the rain ILOVE YOU ALL DONT GIVE UP:)

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fiona (depression)
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Date Posted: 07:10:38 08/29/11 Mon

i think everyone makes a great point. it's exhausting if your ambitions and passionate about somthing one will always come up against barriars. its hard not to become bitter or resentful that i diddnt get the education i needed because i had spesific dyslexic help but i had to go to a shitty school. its also hard not to compare my self to not just non dyslexic people but other dyslexics. and when you have that on your shoulders and your just trying to keep trying you come up against people who just want to put you down. thank you for letting me vent lol

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Majella Mair
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Date Posted: 06:36:43 09/05/11 Mon

Hi Joan,

As a fellow suffer of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia i hope i can shed some light. Sylvia Moody and David Grant are great authors in this subject area and i suggest you google them as you can download material on line.

I myself suffer a lot with Depression as a result of my Dyspraxia. The onset occurs when i have a low self estem on what challenge i am facing at that time. I find i also get it when i have had a lot of sugar in my diet. When i have done some reading on myself personally i have learnt about diet and mediatation being key for me to manage my condition. I have also learnt that Dyspraxia suffers are unable to contol emotional states in the brain and so when pressure occurs they can go on a high or a low. This i find i suffer with at times. I have also learnt about myself that i love my own company and living with no interuptions. So i tend to go to the gym (by no means am i fit) i use this as me time and i have a sauna to relax me. This i find helps me keep control of the moods.

Hope this helps
Cheers
Majella

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sheena (mad)
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Date Posted: 02:27:49 04/11/12 Wed

well i lived with dyslexia and it is not like what evr it is that you have your born with it you can try brain exorsizes but their is not a cure sher sertain eating/sleeping habets can help annyone on earth!!! but it is not somthing you can stop for a while sorry i cant stop being me just as a kangaroo cant stop being furry unless it sheved and that would be funny :) dyslecsiea is heretatarie i got it from my dad just as he got it from his and it gets wors with every generation i cant shut off my brain or unscramble it iv tried trust me it dosent work my best help to you that are suffering is embrace it let your brain go wild let it do what it dose best and you will be amazed on just how talented and speshal you are infact i am rpoud to be dyslexic and you all should to you truly have a gift use it creat art,music,acutect,inventions,right, OPEN YOUR MIDE AND SEE THE BIG PICTCHER BECAUSE IT WAS LADE INFRUONT OF YOU SINCE BIRTH

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Dianne Licausi (Healthy Happy and enjoying life)
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Date Posted: 07:58:57 10/31/11 Mon

How can anyone really know how it feels unless they have it too? There are so many things in life that can get you down we all have to do the best we can , my advice is exercise, its the answer for me give it a try, and please try to stick with it...remember how great it was when we were young to go out and play? Its sooo good for you and you also get into great shape even if you just start with taking a walk. Im now 60 and im in the best shape of my life. Its the real answer to the fountain of youth, come on feel better, and get younger with me...

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Michelle
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Date Posted: 20:50:55 05/26/12 Sat

hey i just came across this and i do believe there is a connection. I have grown up with Dyslexia and ADD, i am still in high school right now but i asked my therapist about this question and she said that at least with me i got really self conscious and that mixed with how much stress and pressure there is for school. you never feel good enough. You dont feel like you belong and you dont think that you will ever make anything of your self. So many people give up on you but they dont know how hard you work. Never give up, show them wrong how smart you are surprise them all. But with dyslexia every single day is a challenge.

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Sonya (happy)
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Date Posted: 11:46:26 01/01/13 Tue

This is the first time I ever wrote on a forum I am 46 yrs old, due to the fact that my spelling is so bad, and it is painfull to over think every word you write,i can write the same word 3 times in a day 3 different ways!due to my dyslexia. My pronucation of words sometimes can be so scrambled, So yes I think that there are some days that you feel down on yourself, but with finding out that I have dyslexia only a few years ago, now I own what I have, and have a better understanding for myself and that helps.

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Cynthia
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Date Posted: 12:02:35 01/08/13 Tue

I find the mix of doing some things very well and failing at others - the failing being "normal" office matters - depressing. It interferes with moving up in the workplace I find, in office jobs at a mid level. So I have experienced being pigeon holed into what I do well, not so bad a problem. But not being able to move up. So I try to feel lucky that I am making a living and that my work has good qualities. But it is hard not to compare to others who can work with stride in the office place. just by working hard.

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Charlea Luce
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Date Posted: 08:40:52 01/18/13 Fri

I attended a school for dyslexic boys in NY, which helped but recently for 3 years battled depression.
The 2008 meltdown lost my business, job, savings.

My therapist said that in these troubled times my analytical side of the brain takes over (my weaker side) and my stronger creative side of the brain shuts down or at least becomes less involved. So a struggle of the ying & yang.
I am trying to get back to my old self, (after being checked out as my wife likes to say) and regain my regular self.

Any thoughts as to going the medication route or just fish oil and natural med's to manage the effects of dyslexia/depression?

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