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Recognizing Dyslexia May Prevent Low Self-Esteem and Anxiety


A greater understanding of the nature of dyslexia can have a life-long impact, even if one discovers she has dyslexia in adulthood. Yet our schools still have ineffective screening and a sluggish response to an explosion of new scientific knowledge about dyslexia. Many millennials with a late-in-life dyslexia diagnosis report having spent most of their lives feeling stupid. And that has consequences.


So what are the psychological challenges? According to a Canadian study in the Journal of Learning Disabilities, 15 to 44-year-olds with self-reported learning disabilities “were more than twice as likely to report high levels of distress, depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts, visits to mental health professionals, and poorer overall mental health than were persons without disabilities.” (Wilson et al., 2009, p. 24)


Recognizing Dyslexia May Prevent Low Self-Esteem and Anxiety


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