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Old 03-22-18, 07:26 AM
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*long,strong rant*

anyone else experienced the ravaging effects of learning disabilities other that adhd?

I always knew I had issues with grasping concepts (mathematics, particularly algebra,geometry)and exactly retaining parts learned for term end exams. To the point that it was rare for me to fully grasp concepts related to science (physics and chemistry) and hours of rote learning/ study lead nowhere. I'd understand some concepts on a good day and forget them just as quickly. Couldn't articulate the intricacies of these concepts as required for exams. Needless to say I was just lucky to scrape through with passing grades during elementary.

long story short,high school and college was nothing short of hell and I found myself failing tests much more than being able to atleast score passing grades. There was no support system in place and remedial measures only led to ego clashes between parents and so called teachers(not kidding) More like a victim blame game.The parents always knew there was a problem but had no workable solution apart from serious amounts of character blaming(blaming me for creating unnecessary problems and deliberately not studying, "enough" IQ,looking for excuses etc) I was a complete contrast to them since they were all high achievers and couldn't comprehend or understand what its like to have LD.

Ended up dropping out of 3 colleges which meant 3 different courses reason being increasing amounts of backlog. The colleges never allowed continuing semester terms without clearing previous backlogs, and remedial classes never helped to look into core issues.It was just about the fastest ways to clear backlogs(I screwed that up as well,needed much more time and effort to complete the given task, however shoddy and at the end unacceptable to them) I simply wasn't cut out for the education system available in my place. I believe I passed high school solely due to some pity thrown by the exam invigilators.

I'd been diagnosed with a wonderful concoction of ADHD and sLD but it came out too late. I was already kicked out of schools and on my own for not fitting into their system. I couldn't get through even entry level jobs however menial, due to stiff competition and lack of degree(unemployed for 7 long years apart from some intern stints here and there)
Honestly, Im almost convinced its impossible to graduate considering the insurmountable efforts required to barely even pass courses;forget good grades. Calling me dumb is an understatement if you will.

Presently I run a successful startup today but there's always anxiety at the back of my mind about the risk of nothing to fall back on to incase days turn for the worse. Its always a hit and miss game but i've been lucky on this so far. There is some respite in the presence of a light,however small at the end of the tunnel.
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Old 03-24-18, 03:26 AM
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I sooooo get this. I firmly believe that I suffered with dyscalcula(sp?). I have always struggled with higher level math. The 4 basics I have down pat but any sort of abstract math like algebra or geometry and I did awful. They didnt know then what they know now. I think better intervention could have really helped me. I love science but couldnt take any of the interesting ones because I couldnt get the math behind it.
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I sooooo get this. I firmly believe that I suffered with dyscalcula(sp?). I have always struggled with higher level math. The 4 basics I have down pat but any sort of abstract math like algebra or geometry and I did awful. They didnt know then what they know now. I think better intervention could have really helped me. I love science but couldnt take any of the interesting ones because I couldnt get the math behind it.
and its damn frustrating isn't is? Even I was good with the basics, the foundation level algebra, for eg. was never a problem. Infact it was actually fun. But the level-up was when things started getting out of hand. You'd had to be quick to catch up or else you're left so far behind the syllabus that things would go beyond the scope of redemption. My major struggling areas were unfortunately vast. (History,geography,almost all science branches;a few non english languages,computer programming etc) Despite my IQ being above average.But the IQ thing was a bone of contention since that parameter was judged to be the absolute credible proof.

But honestly i think i'll just be wasting my time and energy pursuing a degree of any sort even through an open uni where attendance is not mandatory. I have zilch passion left and it ends up being a one way street to depression.

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I was diagnosed with dyscalculia when I was a child. I was 9 years old and had the maths abilities of a 5 year old, and I was in the 91st percentile according to my assessment. I also was scored very low in working memory assessments. I have trouble grasping concepts too, especially higher level algebra, and even relatively simple things like reading clocks although I'm much improved now and above average for most things. Luckily at the same time I was way ahead of my age for reading so it wasn't completely bad, although somehow from reading my school reports the teachers all reported me as a 'good pupil' and 'hard worker' when I read over my old reports before I was diagnosed which shows how stupid they were to not even notice. I can personally remember not paying attention in any math lessons, pretty sure we just weren't assessed, I was quiet, and I did well in other areas so they didn't care until my parents forced them to inquire further.

Luckily, I had a really great teacher years 6-8 who helped realise my potential and taught the class, as well as coming to help me personally. I ended up getting a B at GCSE somehow, which definitely makes me question the initial diagnosis, and whether it was simply ADHD and not concentrating because I didn't study at all for the exam and expected to fail it but somehow I did above average...

I can definitely sympathise with the lack of support system. I'm very lucky my parents are very attentive and managed to pick up that something was up with me (aka not being able to count or read a clock aged 9) and made the teachers do something. Without it I have no idea where I'd be as the math skills were very useful in getting into uni etc.
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I have Dyscalculia which I discovered when I got tested for ADHD. It's virtually unknown in the US. It doesn't surprise me that warmbrew 991 was diagnosed young given that she is from the UK. The UK is light years of the US in every possible area dealing with Dyscalulia.

madmax988- stay at your start up and invest well so you will have money no matter what happens. I would not go back for a degree as you know it will lead to depression and everything may fall apart then.
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I have Dyscalculia which I discovered when I got tested for ADHD. It's virtually unknown in the US. It doesn't surprise me that warmbrew 991 was diagnosed young given that she is from the UK. The UK is light years of the US in every possible area dealing with Dyscalulia.

madmax988- stay at your start up and invest well so you will have money no matter what happens. I would not go back for a degree as you know it will lead to depression and everything may fall apart then.
Even though we're ahead it still isn't the best. The action plan created didn't really help me much, it was mainly in middle school after I was diagnosed where I noticed a difference, because of my maths teacher. A lot of people haven't even heard of it still.
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Re: sLD

For me, I can't process information. For example, I know the language people are using, but I just can't decide it fast enough. It worse when I keep reading a long sentence and I really don't understand it's meaning.
I understand all the words that are being used, but when they are all structured together-- I get lost.
Sometimes, when people give me simple instructions that a 7 year old could understand, I nod my head and go somewhere and talk to myself and figure what the hell they just said.
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Re: sLD

I've been very be diagnosed with dyscalculia, but I cam identify with most of what you're saying. Good with the lower level stuff, yet I've tried to take college algebra three times now and still can't even finish the class let alone pass it.

I've long suspected I have some form of dyslexia, I loved to read growing up but I always had a hard time with anything I wasn't deeply interested in reading. i struggled through all of it, but books that got my attention kept me engaged enough to push through the issues to where most teachers thought I was fine.

I have a long standing suspicion that I'm also somewhere on the autism spectrum, but being almost 40 I grew up long before they began to accept the existence of autism so of course that one never got pinned down.
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