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Do You Believe in doG? A Story of Adult Dyslexia

Updated on October 14, 2009

Dyslexia

This might be how a dyslexic person sees the world
This might be how a dyslexic person sees the world
Some tee shirt humor might be in bad taste. But it is kind of funny.
Some tee shirt humor might be in bad taste. But it is kind of funny.

At Last I have a Reason!

When I was a teenager I was given a bunch of testing to see if I had dyslexia. The councilors at my high school were trying to explain my somewhat average grades despite testing in the 99th percentile on every standardized test I had ever taken. They just couldn't accept that I was lazy because I seemed to be interested in many subjects- I wasn't studying any of those, but I was interested. I actually never saw the result of the testing but at the time I figured they were just grasping at straws and that there wasn't anything to this dyslexia thing. But now I find that Adult Dyslexia is supposed to be a big thing now.

It can be difficult to determine whether someone has adult dyslexia because it can manifest itself in so many different ways and in various degrees. Its victims are often very intelligent and appear quite normal in most respects, except that they have trouble with reading and writing occasionally. To the extreme degree it can be debilitating and prevent the victim from carrying on a normal day-to-day life without assistance. Many people such as myself are diagnosed as children and never come to understand the affliction. The methods of treating it are just as obscure and mostly deal in special teaching and training methods.

Some of the symptoms of dyslexia include a confusion in the interpretation of words and letters, difficulty in reading, a difficulty in understanding rapid vocalization and remembering sequences. It is quite usual to perceive letters in an interchanged sequence, and seeing words like saw as was. There is often a difficulty in sounding out new words. They're also a variety of additional symptoms which include associating words with the wrong meaning, having trouble keeping time and organizing their lives.

There are wide variety of tests used to determine whether or not a person has dislexia which include evaluating the family's medical history and performing a variety of tests including vision and hearing and neurological tests which might detect some other cause for the difficulties. The tests have come to include modern technology in assisting the detection such as magnetic resonance  imaging(MRI) and positron emission tomography(PET).

It has been determined that about 15% of the population has adult dyslexia, and the list includes an array of some of our most brilliant and creative minds. Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Cruise, Ozzy Osbourne, Guy Ritchie, Cher, Anthony Hopkins, And Anderson Cooper have all been diagnosed with dyslexia. Still they managed to make valuable contributions to the world we live in.

I do in fact have many of the symptoms of dyslexia and maybe it has made life more difficult, but it has never stopped me perhaps until now. Well now I have an excuse if I don't do 30 hubs in 30 days, so I feel better because it is not my fault.

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    • embee77 profile image

      embee77 

      8 years ago

      Yessir, you have it right. I teach reading and writing to kids who have dyslexia. It surely doesn't go away in adulthood and will usually have some effect on your life's choices. The good news is to focus on your strengths -- creativity, sensitivity, spunk! Thanks for sharing your story and good luck.

    • Luciendasky profile image

      Luciendasky 

      8 years ago from Florence, OR

      very good hub... my cousin has dyslexia... but his is more with numbers...

      Congrats on being nominated :)

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      Actually things worked out. I've done things like that. Thanks for the story.

    • paul_gibsons profile image

      paul_gibsons 

      8 years ago from Gibsons, BC, Canada

      that reminds me of someone I knew (hmmm...was married to actually...) who suffered from mild dyslexia. When she left school she was offered a place at Bedford College, London University. And after attending three days of classes she realised she was registered for and studying philosophy instead of what she thought she went in for: psychology. She had ticked the wrong box when she applied. Fortunately, for her, she actually began to enjoy the subject and eventually graduated in philosophy..

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      Thank you justmesuzanne. I appreciate you stopping by.

    • justmesuzanne profile image

      justmesuzanne 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Very excellent Hub, and I love your pictures! :)

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      rmcrayne and money glitch- Thanks for the comments. And also for the additional insight.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      What a great hub! Congrats on being selected to the Hubnuggets wannabes and good luck!

    • rmcrayne profile image

      rmcrayne 

      8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Definitely a topic worthy of drawing attention to. Very interesting observation that you were diagnosed as a child, but not really educated about what that meant. Children with ADD or learning disabilities like dyslexia grow into adults with these problems. Perhaps some have misperceptions that children outgrow these things, vs the reality of these individuals acquiring various degrees of success at compensating. Unfortunately dyslexia is very difficult to diagnose. Most lay people think only in terms of the reversing of words like dog-god. This describes only a portion of those with dyslexia, and is about as close as we have to a “eureka” test. These reversals should be uncommon after about 2nd grade. Some are moving toward a more descriptive definition of dyslexia as having ‘extreme difficulty with reading and writing skills’ despite normal IQ.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Being a Hubnugget Wannabe meant that your hub met the Hubnuggets criteria. So that is already wonderful! Now to be on the top 5 list to get the chance to be in the Hubpages newsletter, you may have to do some work here. Ask your friends and family to vote for you. Yes, you can do that! :) Even non hubbers can vote! Go for it! Just for fun... :) enjoy the Hubnuggets.

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the encouragement. I was emailed to let me know about the Hub Nugget thing and at first I was totally confused by the whole thing because I had no idea what a Hub Nugget was. I looked over all of the other "wannabes'" hubs. They were very good so 'wannabe' may be as far as I get, but I guess being nominated in it self is an honor.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      GreenMathDr, glad to know you are able to cope with dyslexia. I am connected with a preschool and for younger kids it can lead to frustration and lack of interest in school. To be able to spot and diagnose the kids is very important so that they are helped accordingly and will not not be labeled as stupid or dumb. Your hub is truly informative and like Paradise said you write well. :D

      Congratulations for being a Hubnugget Wannabe! Yes this hub got picked and is now inside the House of Wax! Wanna see? This link will take you there: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/house-of-wax

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the comments. I was actually surprised to find that it was as common as it is.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Very informative hub. Thank you for sharing.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      Dyslexia is more common than we think. This was an interesting and informative article. Thanks!

      Oh--and ironically I had a dyslexic boyfriend too. He was one of the most intelligent people I've ever met, and he didn't conform to normal social strictures, so he was also a lot of fun.

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      Catherine R 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I agree with Paradise - very well written. I had a boyfriend when I was younger who had dyslexia quite badly but he was absolutely unbeatable at Scrabble. Amazing you might think - but he taught me that Scrabble is really much more about strategy and less about spelling big words. He was a clever guy. Good at chess too.

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      Well the loosing track of time and lack of organization part are pretty strong.

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      That was such a well-written hub that I find it hard to believe you have dyslexia! You certainly have mastered writing, even so. Hat's off to you, and it's very encouraging to find others with this problem who didn't let it stop them.

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR

      GreenMathDr 

      8 years ago

      Thanks! I'm tyring.

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      magdielqr 

      8 years ago

      Excellent article

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