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Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia

wendy (Isolation causes depression)
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Date Posted: 18:49:51 04/03/10 Sat
In reply to: Joan 's message, "Depression and Dyslexia" on 19:34:47 03/03/10 Wed

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

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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