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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
3:15 pm - tips or pointers

I’m dyslexic. I will be writing a Master thesis in less than month. My subject is on British Empire. I would appreciate any general tips or pointers about writing a master thesis and organization myself for this task. I’m nervous about doing this.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2009
11:33 am - New community for visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome, dyslexia and so on

codeman38 and I have just created visual_stress, for anyone who experiences symptoms of visual stress. It's also known as visual processing disorder, Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Irlen Syndrome, or Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and it takes the form of unpleasant visual distortions or eyestrain when reading, sometimes with headaches or migraine as well. It's commonly treated with colour, for instance in the form of acetate overlays for paper or tinted spectacles. You can read more about it here. There's a strong connection with dyslexia, and some people with processing problems have co-existing auditory processing disorder or other neurological issues.

You don't have to be diagnosed with visual stress to join, just to have difficulties in this general area. People with ME/CFIDS, migraine, MS, epilepsy, autism spectrum disorders or ADD/ADHD, for example, often experience visual problems of this nature.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
2:06 am

has anyone figured out a good method for overcoming anxiety and worry?

current mood: curious

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
4:49 am - Hello.

Hi everyone.

I'm James and I'm 19 ,almost 20.

I've had struggles with LDs my whole life and have been diagnosed with ADHD and NLD as well as Bipolar and Social/General Anxiety and have also been diagnosed with Asperger's which I sometimes think was really just the NLD.

My main issues are Executive functioning,Math skills,Nonverbal reasoning ( especially spatial), Motor skills and getting depressed and anxious too much.

My strengths are reading,verbal reasoning,long term memory especially for facts and I am very analytical and being a good writer.

Well hello again...it's nice to be here.

current mood: amused

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Thursday, May 17th, 2007
4:13 pm - GABA or Piracetam

Is anyone using GABA or Piracetam? I’ve heard that smart drugs such as Piracetam can aid people with dyslexia.

current mood: curious

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Monday, March 19th, 2007
9:20 am - Help required for MSc Dissertation

Hello all,

I’m a student at Napier University writing an MSc dissertation on teaching methods for dyslexics in the world of IT. I’m really interested in how people have found higher education compared to secondary school, and in particular dyslexics who are learning to program, especially in object-oriented languages. How well has it been taught to you? Is there enough support for you eg: extra time in exams, more accessible textbooks etc? Do you have any suggestions on how teaching might be improved in this area? Maybe a change in focus is needed?

I’d be really grateful if you would fill in my poll here; LJ comments are also welcome, and anonymous commenting is on. All results will remain anonymous whether you participate under an LJ name or not. I’d also appreciate any detailed experiences if you have time: please email them to me at ljs56 at cam dot ac dot uk.

Thank you so much!


current mood: busy

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Sunday, February 11th, 2007
5:48 pm

I know this sort of behavior is common among LD people: something goes right and we shrug it off as luck; something goes wrong and we spend the rest of the day telling ourselves what idiots we are.

I am the worst offender at this. If I get a good grade on a test or paper I say, "Wow, I sure got lucky" even if I worked hard and knew my stuff going in. If something goes wrong I dissolve into tears and start wondering how I ever got accepted to college in the first place.

Not only that but I have a hard time admitting I even did well at something. If I get an A I say it's because the assignment was easy or my teacher was in a good mood. If I get a C it's because I'm a dolt, end of story.

I know this behavior is completely irrational. How do you deal with it? Even though I know it's dumb to think this way I can't seem to stop myself from doing so.

Crossposted to asperger and dyscalculia.

current mood: pensive

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007
1:59 am - Grad School

I'm taking grad classes on-line. If you have tips for someone with dyslexia taking grad classes.

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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
10:22 pm

does anyone know if there's a link between a.d.h.d. and frequent masturbation?

i tried google and didn't find much.


current mood: curious

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
8:41 pm - I'm new

Hello everyone. I am new here and thought I would make an introductory post.

I'm 20 years old and a sophomore in college. I transferred after receiving my associate degree in Liberal Arts this May. I was formally diagnosed with dyscalculia/NVLD in 10th grade and have sort of self-diagnosed myself as being somewhere on the autistic spectrum. I also suspect I may have a mild version of Fragile X Syndrome, but the last two are not much of a problem compared to dyscalculia.

Looking forward to getting to know all of you :).

current mood: apathetic

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
10:46 am - and what exactly is wrong with you?

Having a learning disorder and ADD and attempting to take a semester abroad is a big headache. I haven't even left the country and I am already being chastised by the director of the program for somehow misleading them.
I know that LDs and ADD are not treated or acknowledged in most of the world, I know that I wont be able to get a lot of the academic accommodations I get in college in the US. However, I feel that the experience of going to a completely different society (India) is worth struggling with my academics for a semester, hell, its what I did all through high school!

Sorry for the rant, but the whole thing has left me feeling incompetent and dumb.

[Cross posted]

current mood: discontent

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Thursday, October 19th, 2006
12:52 pm

why is it that i'm dating someone who is 5 years younger than me and yet, i feel as if we're on the same level age wise? does a.d.d. ever give one the chance to feel/be seen as an adult? i know this is all in my head because this is the first time i've dated someone who treats me like an adult.


current mood: sleepy

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006
8:40 pm - Hi.

I'm Cat, 22, new to the comm. I have dyslexia and was diagnosed 2 years ago, I'm partially deaf and have a speech disorder.
What else? I like writing, a lot which I'm told is ironic by my personal tutor and I'm happiest with a sketch book or a musical instrument infront of me.

Anyways hi.

current mood: happy

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
7:56 pm

Hi everyone.

I'm writing on behalf of a friend, who I suspect has some sort of learning disability. He in his mid-twenties and has not been tested at this point.

Here's the situation.

I found out just recently that this friend cannot read. He was born in an impoverished area and went to school there, and from the very beginning had difficulty reading. He just couldn't "get it." The teachers, instead of trying to help him, said that he either wasn't really trying or he was stupid. He tried very hard to learn both at school and on his own, but couldn't get anywhere. I don't have details at the moment on what the problem is (he lives in another state and is in the hospital for rather serious injuries), but from what I understand, he gave up on school because of his troubles, figuring he was too stupid to go anyway. He started going less and less and then finally stopped going at all.

During all of this, his parents were never notified. The teachers couldn't be bothered to go to the work to do so, I suppose. They not only weren't notified that he was having troubles reading, but that he wasn't going to school. They both worked to support a large family, and so didn't have the time to really notice much of anything.

He ran away from home when he was 13, left the state, hit the streets in a large city, joined a gang (please, no anti-gang statements), and has been with one ever since. He learned street placement and such things by memorizing what people said about them. He never told any of his friends about it until just the other day when he didn't have much choice. He didn't spend enough time around them most of the time for them to notice anything, keeping to himself most of the time, apparently in an effort to avoid them finding out. He still believes himself to be too stupid to learn, but we think it's probably that he has some form of learning disability and that he can get help for it.

So I guess I'm asking for some help. I don't know much about learning disabilities, really. The only one I know anything about at all is dyslexia, and what I know there isn't very much at all. What sorts of things would impede his ability to read so severely? He can't afford tests or doctors or any of that to find out, and I'm not sure how easy it would be to convince him to do so anyway. He's seriously embarrassed by the entire thing, and the fact that people now know has put a serious damper on his spirits, which could impede his recovery from his injuries.

I'd appreciate any help or hints or suggestions anyone can give me. I'm worried about him and I and all of his friends want to help him. Thank you ahead of time for any help.


current mood: worried

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1:46 pm - Update :D

Well, I finished my Orton-Gillingham course (http://www.ortonacademy.org/), and passed with flying colours :D I am still not on any meds for my ADHD, and I don't really think I need it. Plus, even if meds do magically make my ADHD go away, then I will still have to deal with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia, so I figure if it isn't messing up my life, why bother... Plus, I was just able to do this crazy intense course and I did super well on it :D I also like the energy and drive I get from the hyperactivity and hyperfocus part of the ADHD.

Apparently I did so well in my course that my teacher and a local private school for dyslexics in my area are both trying to recruit me. I have a job interview today and one tomorrow :D I am really excited to start this new career! Who knew that dyslexia would be seen as an asset anywhere!?!?!?! It makes me really happy to have found a career that is totally Ok with the way I am, and is not just Ok with it, but totally gets it, and isn't condiscending and people who actually see my LDs as an asset to this career :D It makes me very happy! Life is really good right now :D

Anyway, I am still on celexa for my anxiety and it is working out super well! I totally don't feel like a sedated drugged out zombie at all! I just feel like me but less of an anxious ball of spaz :D Yay :D

current mood: hopeful

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
5:31 pm - What Did You Do This Morning Lisa?

I woke up nice and early, got my car (that didn't even have enough battery power left to light up the dashboard) towed to the VW place in Richmond where they told me that there was no way that this was their fault. "There is a switch way up inside the dashboard that controls the break lights. It is nowhere near where we were working. It must have become stuck on when you pushed your break. This sometimes happens." WTF? Has anyone ever heard of break lights sticking on after you push your foot on the break?!?!?!?!? I sweare to whatever, I am cursed when it comes to cars and electronics! LOL!

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current mood: amused

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Thursday, June 15th, 2006
4:20 pm - Trying Out New Meds...

I have decided to go on meds for my problems with anxiety. I have been going to cognitive behaviour therapy for about a year now, and while it has helped a lot with day to day functioning and avoiding panic attacks etc, I just don't think I am in the place I need to be to go back to school in two weeks and then enter the work force after that.

This is not an impulsive decision in the slightest. I have given ample opportunity for alternatives to medications to work, and they haven't. So, I have decided why not give medications a try :) If they work and I can function without being an anxious ball of spazz 24/7 then YAY! I am also going to be keeping up with my CB therapy, because I think it is really helpful for situational/cognitive/behavioural things. I think that maybe I am one of those people who will benefit from the combination of meds and CB therapy. I guess we shall see :)

I cleared everything with my psychologist and my GP, and my GP prescribed 10 mgs of Cilexa (Citalopram) (it's an SSRI for those who are curious) once a day, and my psychologist Oked this choice - it was her first pick for me as well :)). So for the next few weeks/months we are going to be monitoring my behaviour very closely so that we will be able to spot any negative side effects. Once I get stabilized on an anxiety med that works for me, I will consider taking something for my ADHD (especially if it will help me with my school work!).

Anyway, my next appointment with my new GP is on Monday, and I see my psychologist again in two weeks :)

So here's to hoping these meds work for me and I don't have to switch meds a bunch of times before I find the right one! *fingers crossed*

current mood: hopeful

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
8:08 am - Results of LD Tests

Here are the results of my current LD tests. Thank you Government of Canada :D

- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined type (DSM-IV 314.01)
- Reading Disorder (DSM-IV 315.00) (Dyslexia)
- Mathmatics Disorder (DSM-IV 315.1) (Dyscalulia)
- Disorder of Written Expression (DSM-IV 315.2) (Dysgraphia)

So, the reason I scored low on my reading and writing is not that I am a bad writer. In fact my scores on reading and writing were above average for someone my age and gender. They scored this as a problem because in relation to my overall IQ (120), my reading and writing levels should be much higher then they are! So, even though I am above average for a 'normal' person, I am below average for what I *should* be able to do. I scored 1.5 and in some cases 2.0 standard deviations lower than my scores on the WAIS-III Verbal Comprehension and Perceptual Organization Indicies, and measures of overall intellectual ability.

They also stated that my IQ scores could actually be higher because my ADHD could have adversely affected my performance on the tests.

EDIT: I forgot I wanted to ask you guys about Stratera (SP?). They suggested that I give it a try, but I have co-existing panic disorder without agoraphobia and generalized anxiety disorder, so I am generally nervous about taking ADHD meds. LOL! But seriously, I have always been someone who has flat out refused meds for ADHD, but I am planning on going back to school in July (really condensed, intensive course) and I am wondering if Stratera might help? Do any of you guys have experience with it?

current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
4:01 pm

Hi, have not posted here and been lurking a while. My biggest problems are prossesing speed and spacial perception. Has anyone found anything thats helped with these? My other problem is finding a job and keeping it, I work in an area where most jobs require knowing how to drive and
worried the above things will get in the way of that. Would be cool if people could share their experiences.

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Thursday, May 25th, 2006
5:52 pm - DORE?

Hello There, I'm Sam and I've just joined this community. My husband is likely dyslexic, (he had a preliminary assessment while taking a college course last year and was advised to have a full one with an educational psychologist. This has never happened as neither we, nor his employer can spare the funds.)
He's been reading about something called The DORE Programme which claims to use co ordination-developing exercises to stimulate the cerebellum to treat dyslexia. We'd be really interested to talk to anyone who's used the programme, what's involved? does it work?
It seems possible that he could be in for some redundancy money in the near future which we could put towards helping him get on top of his dyslexia, would this programme be a wise step? We'd love to talk to independent folk rather than someone who wants to sell it to us.
Thanks loads, I'm really pleased to meet you all

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