Adults with LD or ADHD


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Posted Jan 15, 2005 at 8:42:55 PM

I wonder where to go. I always thought that Learning Disabilities only were a problem as a kid. I am 23 and I don't know how to do any taxes and my parents do them. I can't have a job except working for my father. I am obnoxious when I get stuck on the same subject such as a plane crash. I work at a heating company which my father and grandfather own and they are very nice to me and allow me to work there. I can't do any mechanical work because I could never learn it even if I tried. People will ask me things and I will only hear half of what they say. For example they will tell me to get the rag from the bag left corner of the truck and I will look in front of the truck. I can't retain my reading comprehension even though I can read words fine. My vocabulary is terrible and I constantly have to tell people that. I was bullied in school horribly by teachers and students and so I have no friends. The schools never did anything to help me out with that with the exception of one. I changed schools constantly. The pressure of learning disabilities has made me emotionally disturbed. I am severely Obsessive-Compulsive. I have bipolar and depression. I can't take Ritalin because with the bipolar it was making me high and then low.
I wonder mainly what kind of support groups are for Adults with LD. I left college because of my emotional problems. I was at a great school in Colorado that had lots of help, but my emotional problems, which I believe are rooted in my learning disabilities were to much. I went to a specialized private high school that was fabulous except they were only for the academic side of learning disabilities and not the emotional baggage that comes with it and I was made fun of a lot.
Thanks for reading.

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Posted:Jan 17, 2005 11:28:23 AM

Dude, I kind of have a simaler background. Only I would have finished college the first time if I had my LD diagnosed. I was to proud to admit that I had a problem. Which resulted in me failing miserably.

I work for a giant evil corporation that prides intself on misery of others. There really isn't a day that goes by at my job where I don't feel frustrated and want to quit. I'm always getting crticized by my coworkers for something. Whether they are joking or not, I still take all of their negative comments to heart and probably let things bother me more than I should.

Ld can adverse affect on your social skills and how people treat you. But after working for some many years the more I get to know people the more I realize that my ld doesn't make me any less of a person. None ld people do foolish things all of the time, such as max their credit cards out, have children they can't afford to take care of, dui's, spouse abuse, and the list goes on. All of those examples that I have just stated are some things that none Ld people that I work with have done. I have chosen not to make my life worse then it has to be and that's why I try to make wise decisions every day.

You should consider yourself fortunate that your dad owns a heating buisness, maybe that can turn into something long tern for you. I mean maybe you could learn every aspect of the buisness and someday you could take over if for your dad. If you don't understand the mechanical part of it you can hire someone to do that for you. As far as support groups go I have no idea where to turn, All of my friends are none ld and my parents are very supportive of me so I don't really need a support group.

Be aware of this board!

There is one troll who will reply in this thread and tell you that life isn't worth living because there are no accomadations for people with LD. Don't listen to him, and just go on with your daily living and do the best you can!

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Posted:Jan 24, 2005 6:02:59 PM

GUIFFRE, just wanted to add that your vocabulary seems perfectly acceptable to me. But you know what I've noticed, from years of communicating on internet forums, is that my own vocabulary is much better in writing than it is face to face! That may be just a limitation we need to live with.

I also left college because of this LD, though I didn't know it at the time. My LD seems to have severly limited my "career" options, too. This might be sexist, but it's true so far; I'm a stay-at-home-mom blessed with a supportive husband. I am happy to care for my kids and help out in class to the extent of my abilities. But I didn't exactly give up some high powered, satisfying career to care for the kids. I suspect the whole career subject is more difficult for men than women, as women have the "homemaker" outlet. Men are expected to perform on the job more than women are.

(Actually, you didn't imply your gender in your post... :oops: )

At 23 y.o. you still have plenty of time to take advantage of everything that's being discovered about ld's all the time. Be gentle with yourself. [/b]

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