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Old 02-10-2017, 08:30 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. Even though I have a wide knowledge of learning disorders and many other topics regarding neuropsychology, I still struggle with finding a name for my own issues. It's generally very confusing. I'm a 21 year old female. English is not my first language, so forgive me for any mistakes.

The important fact is that I suffer from congenital hypothyroidism with eleven years delay in treatment. This generally means that I was born without half of my thyroid and even though it's well treated now, some symptoms just don't go away because it started at an age my brain was not fully developed yet. Thyroid functions affects neurology a lot, of course and there are several medical reports on this.

I struggled with many issues since primary school, yet I was never diagnosed with any learning disorder because it's not a popular topic in my country. I hardly managed to graduate high school, yet cannot enter university because my mathematical skills are not enough to pass the required exams (I don't want to dwell on this topic, just mind that I'm not from US or UK and the system is different here; such exam is required for all the final exams to be considered positive). It's not a huge issue for me, because I have a well paid job anyways, but I'm just saying.

In primary school, I already had issues with handwriting (which is still a thing that needs my full conscious focus, because I don't even have my own and need to concentrate a lot on it), Maths and physical exercise. I had to take some speaking therapy as a kid, because my performance skills were and still are pretty bad (have issues with body language and proper voice tone and pronunciation, even though my written skills were always really good and I usually thrived in these kind of things.

Processing words for me is fine. Processing numbers and figures is not. Anything that requires processing numbers feels like climbing a mountain, even if it's reading a clock. I sometimes do this task at work where I have to find a localization of something that is coded in numbers and even though I know how to read it and it's not difficult at all, it's still mentally exhausting and I end up completely confused and lost (fortunately I don't do that often and my main tasks are different). The same goes for symbols and figures. I had to work really hard throughout my educational career and had many private teachers, so I could at least pass the classes. Since primary school I've been told to mistake steps in mathematical problems and not following the "logical" sequences. Whatever logic there is in this subject. For a year, I've been working with a cash register and you can probably imagine it was pure hell for me. I made so many mistakes. On the other hand, my memory for facts and words is excellent.

I lack spontaneity and even though I'm not bad at starting an activity, a conversation, anything, I get all lost asked sudden questions or be forced to react on the spot. That's why I also like to be the one in control of the situation.

I act in a stereotyped way and anything abstract or unexpected is always an issue. I process things in a different speed than others, whenever it's catching a joke or emotional reaction. I walk faster than other people, can't read aloud because I go too fast, and do many things slower than they do. When I was around nine, I already suffered with severe depression due to the fact I felt worse and less able than other kids. It's better now, though.

I have issues judging distance and speed. Getting a driving licence was pure hell (not only because we have the most difficult exams in the world, as some say) and took me much longer than others to get it and - after two courses and 80 hours of lessons - I only managed to pass at the eight attempt because the examiner was nice and helped me a bit. It's was a huge let down for me because I always wanted to drive and even though I have the licence, I stopped trying. It's just too overwhelming, too exciting (like, I never thought of it as a way to go from one place to another, but rather as something that had to pump my ego and bring me joy) and too unpredictable. I go too slow when I need to go fast and too fast when I need to go slow and misread the road and do some irrational mistakes and also get a complete sensory overload.

I never managed to learn to dance or swim or ride a horse, even though I tried hard.

I have issues with following verbal instructions (which once got me lost on a driving exam and then I literally started lecturing the examiner to tell them to me with a long delay and in very short and clear words).

Generally, I would consider myself as very irregular and inconsistent in my actions etc.

I'm sensitive to some noises and touch (for example, I like to touch people, but hate when I'm touched). As a child I could not use the usual hair brush because I acted like it was hurting me, had issues with labels in clothing and some other sensory integration disorder issues. I also had and still have (but to the lesser extent) tics.

I don't know, perhaps you have some ideas. I wanted to write about educational and learning issues mostly, social skills and my emotional life are something I want to spare for now. My family was pretty ignorant about this, just as they are in many things and they didn't help me much with this.
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For me, the first thing that popped into my mind is NVLD. The only thing I am unsure about is you said you have issues following verbal instructions. I'm not a professional though. You said you relate to Aspergers and AD/HD on your profile, and 80% of people with Aspergers also have NVLD. Maybe look into it? Here is some information I have found:
https://www.understood.org/en/learni...g-disabilities
https://ldaamerica.org/types-of-lear...-disabilities/

Hope this helps What kind of learning disorder is this
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:27 AM   #3
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Thank you! I think my issues are mostly those regarding a right hemisphere dysfunction of the brain. It's a bit of a pop-psychology, but when I take those brain side dominance tests, it always comes up like 75% left brain dominant and 25% right brain dominant
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I was also going to suggest NVLD. Your sensitivity to clothing and labels in clothes, feeling pain brushing your hair...sounds a bit like you could be one of the 20% of us who are more sensitive to such things.

I'm not an expert, but I've been diagnosed w/NVLD. That was years ago and I was unprepared for the emotional and psychological problems that were in my future. Though NVLD researchers and experts say psychotherapy won't help, it has been a life-saver for me...the depression and anxiety that has, at times, led to thoughts of self-harm. Glad to hear you seem better in that area now.

Can you be tested for a LD? Preferably. by someone in special education or a disability specialist.

Best wishes~~Hope you'll let us know what you learn.
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