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Issues » Dyslexia/Learning difficulties




At times do you feel frustrated at being held back, knowing your capable of more and not understanding why?. Do you feel your not learning the same as everyone else. Do you notice that as an adult at times, what should be an easy day to day task you struggle with. Does it cause you frustration or anxiety.

Research suggests that people with dyslexia struggle with self-image,  they appear to be extremely vulnerable to frustration and anxiety. According to Erik Erikson, during the first years of school, every child must resolve the conflicts between a positive self-image and feelings of inferiority. If children succeed in school, they will develop positive feelings about themselves and believe that they can succeed in life.

If children meet failure and frustration, they learn that they are inferior to others, and that their effort makes very little difference. Instead of feeling powerful and productive, they learn that their environment controls them. They feel powerless and incompetent.

Depression is also a frequent complication with dyslexic students. Although most dyslexics are not depressed, children with this kind of learning disability are at higher risk for intense feelings of sorrow and pain. Perhaps because of their low self-esteem, people with dyslexia are afraid to turn their anger toward their environment and instead turn it toward themselves.

Anxiety is the most frequent emotional symptom reported by dyslexic adults. Dyslexics become fearful because of their constant frustration and confusion in school. These feelings are exacerbated by the inconsistencies of dyslexia. Because they may anticipate failure, entering new situations can becomes extremely anxiety provoking.


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