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Dream Within A Dream
cielamara wrote in learndisability
Hi! I'm your friendly neighborhood mod for learndisability. This will be the official post for introducing yourselves (in the comments), so...I'll start!

My name is Nikki. I'm 23 years old as of today. I am a junior-ish in college. I have been diagnosed with ADHD and dyscalculia, as well as generalized anxiety disorder. As of right now, I am currently taking 10mg of Lexapro and 15mg of methylphenidate delivered through a patch (the brand name is Daytrana in the US). I went through a crapload of testing to get to this diagnosis; I was first diagnosed with ADHD as a young child (about age 8 or so) after a torturous year of floundering all over the place in third grade. I took ritalin for several years, and took myself off of it in eighth grade. I resumed taking it after I flunked out of college the first time, and a year after I returned to college, I went through about 6 hours of psych evals to determine what wasn't working right in my brain. The dyscalculia made perfect sense; I'd always known there was something more going on than simply being "bad at math."

Today, I am in school for microbiology, after having been kicked out of my first university for a second time. I am currently holding a 3.-something GPA, and somehow, I managed to make an A in a college-level math course.

It's one of the best things I've ever done.

Welcome to learndisability.

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I'm Jo, I had already completed all of my schooling by the time I was diagnosed with dyscalculia. I had always been frustrated with my inability to comprehend maths, so when I first heard about it, I went and got tested...if only for my own piece of mind. I excelled at everything else in school, but maths just would not work for me at all...and that irritated me to no end. =/

During my evaluation, I was asked if I'd ever had any brain injuries or the like...I had pneumococcal meningitis as a young child, and the evaluators believe that that may have caused, or at least contributed to me dyscalculia.

Pneumococcal meningitis? Interesting. I could see how that might have had some effect on you. Meningitis is pretty scary.

Glad you're over here. :) I hope this can turn into something neat.

Pneumococcal meningitis has a slew of other known side effects such as a life with seizures, migraines, deteriorating senses (most commonly sight and hearing), and many more. I deal with the three specific ones I listed, the migraines and slow loss of eyesight being the more prevalent. Thankfully I only suffer petite mal seizures as a result.

And thanks for making the comm. I have a nephew with dyslexia and mild ADD. (He was two months premature because of complications my sister was having while pregnant with him) And even though both conditions are commonly known in today's world, they're still easily missed by educators, who will usually just throw in the towel and say that a student is just difficult. (Not that I fault teachers for the most part either...they're dramatically under funded and over burdened for the most part to focus on students better.)

(p.s. happy 23rd birthday!)

Meningitis is pretty shitty. I studied it in my micro class last semester, but not in depth--I didn't realize it could leave you with all those problems. Maaan. The causative agent for that is an asshole, seriously.

I was happy to. :) Seriously, people with learning disabilities need a lot of support. I'm very lucky that my third-grade teacher was as wise and compassionate as she was--she initially recognized that there was a problem, and she and my mom and the school counselor got me sorted out. If she hadn't been as awesome as she was...I would've flunked third grade, and spent the rest of my life thinking I was somehow just plain stupid. Being a teacher is so rough sometimes.

(Hahaha, I looked at that when I was writing that sentence and thought, "is someone going to read that and think it's my birthday?" I should probably reword that a bit. :P It's actually not my birthday--I'll be 24 in June.)

During my evaluation, I was asked if I'd ever had any brain injuries or the like...I had pneumococcal meningitis as a young child, and the evaluators believe that that may have caused, or at least contributed to me dyscalculia.

Oh wow, I have CP (see: my post below) which also involves brain damage, and I have dyscalculia! Coincidence?

Hi :)
Read your comment thread on sf_drama and popped over.

I'm Mair and I'm diagnosed with dyspraxia but before this diagnosis I was tested repeatedly for ADD and Aspergers.
My family is pretty screwy when it comes to learning difficulty, one little brother has dyslexia, dyscalculia and aspergers while my other little brother has dyslexia and dyspraxia.
My older sister has LD-NOS and my older brother suffered from severe ADHD.

This is a really good idea for a community :)

Hi there! I'm glad you came over.

I'm the only one in my family who's been diagnosed with a learning disability. And the only one who even has much of a problem with math. My mom's not GREAT at it, but she never struggled to the extent that I do.

I am not as familiar with dyspraxia as I am dyslexia and dyscalculia--I understand the general idea of it, but could you tell me how it affects you?

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Hi Caela! I'm glad you came over from sf_d as well. :D I actually am the only one in my family who's got a learning disability diagnosis. My sister never really struggled with school, though she didn't love it like I do. (Go figure.)

Did you literally suffer a serious knock to the head, or is that a figure of speech?

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Wow. OUCH. That sounds painful! I'm glad you weren't more seriously hurt.

I'm Scotti. I've got dyscalculia, but it unfortunately wasn't diagnosed until I was in college, so I spent most of my schooling being told I was just not applying myself (I test really high on aptitude tests).

I've also got Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Bipolar Disorder I. Even though they aren't technically learning disabilities, they both make learning difficult and teachers think your just not applying yourself or being difficult on purpose. Because I totally choose to be so manic that I can't sit still.

Am I the only one annoyed that spell check doesn't recognize dyscalculia as a word?

I love your icon. :D

I completely understand what you mean about GAD. I'm in a constant state of mid-level nervousness. Sometimes I really just cannot sit through a class without risking a meltdown--I'm super-sensitive to sound, and I always feel trapped in a classroom when there's a lot of peripheral sounds around me.

And no, it annoys me too.

Ugh, me too. And the florescent lights in classrooms? They make me want to SCREAM. Not to mention clocks ticking.

teachers think your just not applying yourself or being difficult on purpose.

I can relate to this. I was in the talented and gifted program at school, and my grades were great throughout school (except for math, but whatever). I would have so much trouble with writing papers or doing presentations on subjects I was not interested in (which was EVERYTHING), that I would get bad grades on them. Teachers would see how I had novels I would write during study hall and then make fun of me because I was being stubborn and thought I was better than everyone else.

In reality, I can't focus on something I'm not interested in, and those "novels?" They were the only way I had to vent my anxious energy. I was terrified of school and the noise (GOD was is loud!) that if I ran out of notebooks paper or ink, I would twitch. Then I'd get home and explode because I had nowhere to put the sensory overload except on other people. That includes my skin, because it's WAY too sensitive, so I'd get home and not even be able to think anymore because of how raw it would get.

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I'm an honors student as well--I spent most of high school fielding looks from my classmates who thought my absentmindedness and general lack of adherence to the obsession with grades meant I was somehow stupid. I know how you feel.

I still struggle with math, but being made to take a class in which I was forced to relearn all the math skills I was supposed to be developing over the years really, really helped me. I had an amazing instructor.

For some unknown reason, when I was in school, I never had that many problems with concentration. I did have a lot of other problems with extreme burnout every two days, and I think that's because I was forcing myself to concentrate so hard. My mild autism showed up in those ways, and after I graduated, it got really bad because my stress level was lower. I stopped forcing myself to concentrate because I was so exhausted from doing that for so many years!

And the schedules were horrible! Sometimes I can study several chapters in one day, and then I have to go for a month or two without studying. That's why independent studying is so good for me. If only I'd been allowed to do it sooner.

I'm so late responding to this, I apologize.

How did you get into a position to do independent study? I'm not sure if that would work for me or not; I need to be able to interact with my instructor. Mostly just because I want attention, but also because I need feedback on things.

hi, i'm indy and i forgot to introduce myself (typical adhd!) i have adhd and dyscalculia as well as bipolar I disorder and ocd. i add the last two because even though they aren't LDs they do inhibit my learning when they flare up.

i have a degree in journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter for a few years. i ended up as a health and education reporter, which was exactly what i wanted... but something was always getting in between me and the reporter i could have been. turns out it was undiagnosed adhd. i'm now studying pre-med, but i can trace all my problems i had as a reporter back to adhd symptoms.

the dyscalculia makes studying hard sciences tough because of how much math is involved in everything. even chemistry is really just applied math, until you get to organic chem and biochem. but, with the help of a tutor, i'm doing okay. i hope my grades will pick up next year when i study organic chemistry and i don't have to use quite so much math.

because of my LDs i only go to school part-time. i take two classes per semester. right now i'm taking the second half of general chemistry and microbiology. love the micro. love growing things in the lab. my instructor gets irritated with me for the adhd goof ups (i spilled E. coli all over the bench and my lab partner once because i burnt my hand in the bunsen burner flame while flaming the test tubes.) *sigh* it never ends. i'm definitely not cut out for research science.

i'm glad this community exists. i feel less alone after reading all these stories.

When I took chemistry, I had to always wear masks because of the sensory things, and I always got made fun of for it. I would have to leave school because the rashes I got from what we did there hurt far too much. I couldn't get out of the class, despite how I almost went to the hospital when a tube blew acid on me.

I can't really explain how I fit into this in terms other people would understand, but I'll try.

I don't actually need a diagnosis to tell me what I have, because in my case I know someone who could diagnose me. I guess what I'm saying is, I know someone with the credentials, and I don't want a formal diagnosis.

Dyscalculia is pretty obvious for me. The only math I can do is calculus- basic addition doesn't even make sense to me! There is a funny story behind that. I also fit pretty well into having mild autism, though it's not as pronounced as it was when I was younger, because I don't let it get to me and I know how to handle it. The mojority of the symptoms of that are/were because of stress. I've been accused of being lazy when I'm not- it just takes a lot of NOT DOING ANYTHING to keep my brain from frying like an egg on a sidewalk in the middle of July.

I just think so completely differently from other people that I have to actually teach myself everything now. Once I realised that it was my rote memory that got me through school, and that I wasn't stupid when I graduated and then couldn't learn after that... I was okay. I just need to learn differently, and that by no means says I was ever stupid. Even just my rote memory got me straight A's. It was when I was expected to creatively solve things I didn't understand that problems arose. It was like that in my paralegal courses.

I study independently now because of this, and despite going to college full-time while still in high school, and having enough college credit to choke an elephant- the stress was just too much. Independent studying is a LOT cheaper anyway when you have to pay for schooling regardless.

As for a job if anyone's interested? I write books and maybe sell crafts here and there. I can't actually do anything else, despite my IQ scores and everything. It's the element of stress from sensory overload and human contact that just... kills me.

I forgot to mention mild dyspraxia which is probably due to the autism.

I do best teaching myself things as well. The skills that I have taught myself are the ones I value most, and am best at, really.

Have you published anything yet? I also sell crafts. It's comforting.

Hi, I'm Kittenmommy, a middled-aged suburban housewife married to kittendaddy. We have nine cats and a beagle. I'm planning to begin grad school next month (go me!).

I'm self-diagnosed (I know, I know) with dyscalculia. I read the description and was like, "Heck, they might as well just put my picture there and call it a day.". Same thing with ADHD, which really surprised me.

I was formerly, officially diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in 1977, but it's a very mild case. In fact, it's so mild that I didn't even know about it until January of this year, when my stepmother brought it up in a discussion assuming that I'd been told! So yeah, that was a shock. Aside from chronic clumsiness and some executive functioning problems, it really doesn't affect my life much.

Hi :) I'm Sophie. I'm your typical dyslexic; no comprehension of the rules of spelling, no concept of time and squinty when forced to read off a white background :D In addition I also have an anxiety disorder which gave way to an eating disorder I'm in recovery from.

I wasn't diagnosed dyslexic until mid-way into my university degree, when I got tested and came out with moderate/severe dyslexia. Being 19 at the time (pretty crazy late for something they are pretty keen on testing at primary school level) made coming to terms with that very difficult. My mum and brother are both dyslexic too.

I'm trying to work out new ways of learning better suited to me, the last few years at collage and uni level have been a struggle. I return to university in September to do the final year of my BSc in Zoology, after a year out to recover from my eating disorder.

Nice to meet you all :D

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