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Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia

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Date Posted: 21:17:15 05/16/11 Mon
In reply to: Joan 's message, "Depression and Dyslexia" on 19:34:47 03/03/10 Wed

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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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!


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