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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
In reply to: Valerie 's message, "Re: Depression and Dyslexia" on 22:30:10 03/03/10 Wed

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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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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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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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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Sam (thanks for sharing)
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Date Posted: 07:01:46 04/09/13 Tue

Hey Anita thanks for sharing.... all these stories all seem so similar and its nice to read them because I'm sure we all feel we are alone in this. I to hated school and was picked on from a very young age, I'm now 33 and Photographer my Dyslexia has cost me a few jobs at newspapers getting the names wrong ect very hard to handle as I'm a very good photographer its just all the other stuff I can't do. I'm living in Spain now and trying to learn Spanish and let me say it is very hard to stay positive but we can do anything we want it just takes long than others.

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Sam (I'm not the only one.)
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Date Posted: 06:52:21 04/09/13 Tue

Hey Mark thanks for sharing pretty much everything you mentioned happens to me and its nice to know I'm not the only one. I'm a Photographer living in Spain trying to learn Spanish on the hole I'm a happy person but this learning Spanish has really brought up all the pain and frustration from my earlier years. It's hard not to get depressed when you pretty much forget everything you learn and do in a day or so unless you keep on going over and over it. My new girlfriend is great about it but I often see her thinking we only spoke about this yesterday. Dyslexia is a gift and I love the way it has helped me connect with Photography and the arts but everything else is just bloody hard work !

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