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Subject: Re: Depression and Dyslexia

Toni (Visual thinker)
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Date Posted: 04:16:58 06/19/12 Tue
In reply to: Valerie 's message, "Re: Depression and Dyslexia" on 22:30:10 03/03/10 Wed

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 didnīt 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 donīt 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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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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