Post # 1
I am sorry in advance that this may be long. I just looking for some support right now.
So this semester of college I am currently going through testing to see if I have a learning disablity or ADHD. I have had a reading and spelling issue since I was in grade school, have difficulty reading outload but can tell you what a passage says in my own words and can’t spell to safe my life since I spell everything phonetically. I also switch numbers, letters, and words around a lot. Unfortnatly my mom tried to get be tested then but the doctors would not give her a referal to a psychologist beacuse my grades where to good and I would always have spell check to get me through life. Well now that I am in college I have learned to cope with my reading and spelling issues in English but my college requires 4 semsters of a language to graduate. Due to my major I have to take an Asisan language. My grades are all good but for my foreign language classes where I am on the edge of not passing. Well I finally had a teacher and an advisor tell me that there is a good chance I have ADHD or a learning disablity because of how I make mistakes in english that are then made worse with trying to learn a new language.
Well my docotor sent me to a psychiatrist first who said the same thing as the doctors did when I was little but perscribed me adderall anyway so I could self diagnose at home by reading an article and writting an outline and then taking the pills and doing it again. If I performed better I have ADHD. I thought this was werid mixed with her asking me if 30 pills was enough to start with, hello you are the doctor you deciede. I also had no clue what adderall was so I went home and researched it, didn’t like what I found and learned I should have been paper tested first before pills perscriped. So I went back to my disablities office on campus and they are doing the full testing you would normally be given it just counts as unoffical since they don’t have Ph.Ds but are fully trained.
So for several weeks now I have been going through testing which is very metally exhausting while continuing to take my Japanese classes. We are half way through the semester right now and I am not doing well in Japanese. It looks like I won’t be passing with a flat C though will be very close. If I don’t pass this semester and next I won’t be able to graduate on time, and this is stressing me out the most. I have tried several different methods of studying and nothing seems to work. I excel in everything else, have mostly A’s if not B+ in all my other classes and it is this one course that will not allow me to graduate and is bring my GPA down a lot. It is making me feel like a failure. My consular keeps trying to reassure me that it is not my fault and that there are even a bunch of professors on campus with learning disablites and ADHD. But it is so difficult to work through this.
So my question is has anyone else gone through this as an adult? How have you coped with it? Do you have any advice for me?
Post # 2
misslioness : I have ADD which was diagnosed in adulthood and also know a bit about ADD outside of personal experience, because I’ve sold ADD meds. I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist though and am definitely not qualified to diagnose anyone. But, just based off of my personal/professional experience- the symptoms you are describing, which seem to be most troubling to you, do not sound like ADD. Have you been evaluated for a processing disorder like dyslexia? You may well have ADD, but it sounds like there’s something else going on as well. Also, the way the psychiatrist tried to diagnose you is NOT normal or professional (if you are in the US.)
Post # 3
I have never been tested for a learning disability, but I do have Tourette’s. I sometimes have trouble focusing, and I often can get fixated or stuck on things. Please don’t let this issue get you too upset. Some peoples’ brain works differently, and I find that totally amazing.
Now that you pretty sure of what’s going on, you can work to build coping mechanisms. It’s going to be a struggle, but look at how far you have already come. Have you spoken with your teacher? Perhaps you can do extra things to pull up your grade?
Post # 4
I don’t have a learning disability, but I’ve worked in higher ed and I’m concerned for you around getting a diagnosis. If you do have an LD, a formal diagnosis allows you to be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and you can have accommodations in your classes. It helps you work with your professors for extra time, assignments, etc. This does usually require a formal diagnosis, though. I’m not sure what your Disabilities Office is dong, since if you don’t have a formal diagnosis, your professors aren’t legally required to give you the accommodations you might need.
On a personal note, figuring out what’s happening is wonderful, because then you have a landing point that you can build off of in terms of how you cope. My boyfriend recently learned that he has a sensory processing disorder, which explains so much of his behavior, and some specific challenges of our relationship, and it has truly helped him, and us, so much.
Post # 5
I have learning disabilities and am a social worker. I have worked with students who have different intellectual disabilities, and what you described with spelling and numbers sounds more like dyslexia. Obviously seeing a professional is the most helpful thing.
Did you ever undergo an evalaution where you were given tasks: Memorizing numbers, answering questions after hearing a story, reading text, etc.? Besides just talking to a professional about what you have specifically experienced and what you are struggling with. Your description also reminds me of my own experience of struggling with a processing issue.
I think undergoing an assessment would be best. Your college should have an office for students with disabilities, they might be helpful in referring you somewhere where it is free or covered somehow.
I would also recommend going to your college’s counseling center and speaking with them. A counselor could help give you a referral to a professional as well.
Doctor’s mean well, but it can be very overwhelming to be given medication and told you “have X”. While putting a name to what you are experiencing CAN be very helpful, because you can learn how to manage/treat/understand it and help yourself, they can be very stigmatizing. I have been prescribed medication and I do not think I was necessarily given enough of an explanation of what it did or how it would help.
I would recommend you use your college’s resources (counseling center and office of student disabilities). I would also see if the school has any tutors for Japanese. I also took Japanese and I utilized tutoring for majority of my 4 years in undergrad. It helped me to focus, provided more time to study and practice, and I could work with someone else who would be patient with me. It’s often very difficult to express difficulties or to receive feedback to correct work in front of classmates. I would often feel like I must have been really dumb to not understand something to the point I’d cry and leave class.
I also think you should speak with your professor, let them know you are going to speak with these different departments (counseling center, office of student disabilities) and they can maybe talk with the professor on how to help you pull your grade up.
Post # 6
WestCoastV : I have been going through testing at school and a linguistics professor who was a friend of my mom’s when I was in 6th grade thought I may have an input output issue. I could input words without a problem it was writting them back done on paper or trying to say them outloud that led to many issues. I also think I might have some form of dyslexia because of my issues with switching numbers and letters around but I have also learned to cope so we will see in about a week if it showed up in the testing.
Also my mom is a nurse and immediately said the Dr. malpracticing for prescriping me a controlled drug without a perscription. My insurance wouldn’t let it go through anyway without the Dr. saying I had ADHD anyway, but I can say I will not be going back to them ever.
honeybadgered : I have spoken with my professor but unfortunatly it is not her call since this course is very regulated across all classes. I have been given extra time to test though and in a room by myself which is helping some.
hintsofjoy : For my school the testing through the disablities center is accepted all across campus, in fact the professors aren’t even allowed to know what disablities we have unless we give permission for them to be told. The testing through the school will not be accepted outside the school or for test like the GRE but I am not looking for that anyway, only to just get through this one set of classes I am really struggling in so I can graduate.
nowthisistaken : I am currently working with my colleges disablities center and am doing all of the test you described. We have just finished the testing and she has the results. Unfortuantly due to scheduling conflicts I can’t meet with my her for another week to hear what the results are. Our school does have Japanese tutoring but they are not allowed to help us with our hw or class worksheets which makes the tutoring kinda worthless since it is more for conversation rather than writting where a major of our grade is based on. Talking is only 15% while the writting is the rest. I have been given extra time to test an a quiet room by myself to do it in which is helping, it is taking the stress of actually being able to finish the test on time off and has removed the distraction of people around me.
Thank you all for your advice.
Post # 7
From what you have described (trouble reading out loud but able to describe in your own words, switching letters and numbers) it sounds like your dyslexic. I’m dyslexic and learning a foreign language is hard! I failed horrifically at French no matter how hard I tried. I was diagnosed as a child (my dad is also dyslexic and my mum recognised it from when I was two, my brother on the other hand is basically a maths and English genius and can speak three languages! Genetics are odd) as I was a child I don’t have the experience but I dated someone who was diagnosed with aspergers and dyslexia as an adult. He found once he had the diagnosis that getting help was a lot easier and he felt he understood himself and why he had struggled at school and could get help at uni but getting the diagnosis was a nightmare. You have to keep pushing as it seems doctors prefer not to put labels on adults. The doctor you saw sounds awful though! Try to get a different one!