Anxiety and Learning Disabilities
I suffer from Anxiety problems and am said to have learning difficulties what could i have? I’m said to have learning difficulties i’m 21 years of age have problems with roads telling the time on clocks and i’m socially isolated from other people and i live as a recluse most of the time with about 2 friends cos i either come across as very quiet or really talkative mainly about football but i was said to have learning difficulties back in primary school i never went to secondary school cos i got bullied back in primary and now at my WorkDirections i get a taxi their and back aswell cos of my difficulties and i’ve never had a gf either i can read and write so i know it’s not Dyslexia?
A. You may have dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is a math learning disability. Some of the symptoms include:
- difficulty telling time;
- difficulty following directions or reading maps;
- inability to grasp basic math concepts;
- difficulty mastering basic addition, subtraction, multiplication;
- difficulty comprehending “the big picture” or larger abstract concepts;
- poor sense of direction;
- getting lost easily;
- poor athletic coordination; and
- difficulty keeping track of the score during game such as bowling or concentrating during board game such a chess.
It is difficult to know if you have Dyscalculia or another type of learning disability. I would highly recommend your being evaluated by a disabilities expert. It would be the best way to determine what type of learning disability that you may have. Check with your primary care physician for a referral.
The anxiety that you have described may be associated with your learning disability. You may be socially isolating because you are self-conscious about your learning disability. A therapist could effectively help you deal with your social anxiety. A therapist may also be able to help you locate a facility for evaluation. Please click on the find help tab at the top of this page to locate a therapist in your community. On the Internet, there are forums you may want to join. Those forums may connect you to other individuals who have a similar learning disability. People find support groups helpful because they can connect with others who understand what it is like to have a particular life struggle. Below are other resources you may find helpful.
Good luck. Please take care.
Randle, K. (2010). Anxiety and Learning Disabilities. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 27, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2010/11/05/anxiety-and-learning-disabilities/