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Was with my probation officer the other day.

Cudnt make eye contacted she corrected me and asked me why I cudnt stare at her eyes or face , I said it makes me very uncomfortable , she said pretend thers a dot on her forehead and stare at that , it was so much easier then.

We continued to talk , and I was struggling to take in the information she was giving me , she said have you any learning difficultys I said yes things have to be in bullet points or on flash cards for me to process the info , she said ok , why do u tink you have trouble taking in info I said I don't know to be honest Iv never worked wih a therapist on this to which she said.

Maybe it's because the way ur brain works it blocks out info it thinks will harm or dysregulate you? I was blown away for a few se ones Nd said to her that makes so much sense....... She said she's seen it before In People who were abused , would have a lot of learning difficultys , I thought that was very judgemental but I think it made sense for me.

Anyone else have this experience or explore why they have learning difficultys?
 
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I didn't say everyone who was abused has learning difficultys those were her words x
 
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I think people get confused between learning difficulties and learning disabilities quite often, the latter you would be diagnosed with in early childhood the other just means dyslexia or ASD, something that can be missed in childhood.
 

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I had and still do to a lessoning degree learning differculties and that was way before I was abused but I would say it was one of the reasons why I was such a easy target.
 
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I am as sure as I can be that I have learning difficulties although never diagnosed as such. I am sure it was the reason I started very well academically and gradually went downhill. In terms of getting a diagnosis I was probably born several decades too early. Now there is more recognition of overall high intelligence with specific areas of cognitive difficulties, but it was much less the case from the early 60s to mid 70s which covers my period of education.
Along with the learning difficulties came social interaction problems, and it was negative peer reactions resulting in teasing and bullying that was the catalyst for first social anxiety and then other symptoms ie general anxiety and paranoia especially.
I am sure if I had had help for the learning difficulties and social deficits I would have functioned much better.
It is something I tried to pursue briefly with an appointment with the psychiatrist only for the psychiatrist to dismiss the conversation after asking a few irrelevant questions.
I have never had the nerve to pursue the matter further as pursuing things in the past got me a public enemy Number 1 standing with the pdocs etc(branded "awkward,demanding and troublesome) .
As it is the damage has been done and it's not as though time can be rolled back . A more holistic psychiatry would have helped-one that looked at the whole person.

I try not to think about it too much as it makes me very bitter.
 
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I have learning difficulties, well dyslexia, and do feel the additional stress this places on me contributes markedly to my anxiety and depression. I found out I was dyslexic later in life, when I was off work with anxiety in fact. I think the interaction between learning difficulties and mental health issues is under researched and there is a definite connection between the two for some people.
 
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I have learning disabilities (IQ under 70) apparently and they're is so much research and specialised services for this subgroup, specialised hospitals and doctors specialising in learning disabilities.
 
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You are remarkably articulate and intelligent for someone with a learning disability . Do you ever feel you've been misdiagnosed?
 
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You are remarkably articulate and intelligent for someone with a learning disability . Do you ever feel you've been misdiagnosed?
Its a difficult one really, I do think I've be misdiagnosed but wouldn't change it because the LD team is so much better then the mental health team I was previously under. I think the resources are better. I was sat on a microwave looking out my front window with complete paranoia thinking my neighbour was going to kill me when the psychologist did the IQ assessment, not in a sterile environment and I scored IQ69. Means I have to go to the learning disability hospital and have community LD support. Thank you firemonkee57 for the kind words.
 
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Its a difficult one really, I do think I've be misdiagnosed but wouldn't change it because the LD team is so much better then the mental health team I was previously under. I think the resources are better. I was sat on a microwave looking out my front window with complete paranoia thinking my neighbour was going to kill me when the psychologist did the IQ assessment, not in a sterile environment and I scored IQ69.
I'd question the professional competence of any psychologist who measured IQ under those conditions. If you're highly anxious and paranoid I doubt you are going to perform to your best level.
I'm glad the LD team helps you though.
 
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