Am I dyspraxic or something else?

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Am I dyspraxic or something else?

Post by Username » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:06 am

I'm 20 and have lived in the same house as long as I can remember, yet I have constantly bumped into my surroundings. I bump into things like tables, doorways, and walls frequently some decorative stuff that's lying around but I don't know why. Sometimes, I'll even trip over my own feet because I still fail to completely lift my foot so sometimes I'll trip. Another problem I have is poor balance when standing. Being asked to dance is a nightmare, because I know I look weird and rigid and if it's a slow dance, R.I.P. the other persons feet. I have a weird gait (so I'm told) and apparently I walk weird too, like a penguin. It's difficult for me to concentrate on things I'm doing. For instance, I've been here for 30 min so far trying to type this because I keep having to go do something else or I randomly remember to do something. This makes things like doing homework or reading a book (that I enjoy and isn't homework). This makes it super difficult and time consuming because after doing a problem or two, or reading about 50-70 words, I lose concentration. I end up getting to go to the fridge or check my phone or do other random things that ruin my concentration. I also have days where I get up and feel motivated to be productive. Though I also have terrible days when I just feel absolutely terrible. There's also sleeping issues, I can't fall asleep easily. Finally, I have this issue where I take things literally. For example, on sitcoms a wife will say "I don't want a present" and everyone knows that she really wants a present. Though the husband doesn't understand that and ends up not getting the present because he took her literally. That's basically what it's like all the time and I usually have to ask a person to clarify that they aren't doing something like that.

I'm unsure about having dyspraxia because while I do have terrible balance while standing, I can still ride a bike and sit normally. I also mentioned that I walk weird, I think my balance and weird walk are because of my flat feet. While it isn't a lot that makes me unsure, I do think it's significant in that (from my understanding) dyspraxia messes with a persons motor skills to an extent. Usually gross, fine or both if you're unlucky. Well I know I don't have issues with fine motor skills since I type fine and play video games fine too. I can play sports too.

PS: It took me an hour to type the entire thing.

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Re: Am I dyspraxic or something else?

Post by Tom fod » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:45 pm

Username wrote:I'm 20 and have lived in the same house as long as I can remember, yet I have constantly bumped into my surroundings. I bump into things like tables, doorways, and walls frequently some decorative stuff that's lying around but I don't know why. Sometimes, I'll even trip over my own feet because I still fail to completely lift my foot so sometimes I'll trip. Another problem I have is poor balance when standing. Being asked to dance is a nightmare, because I know I look weird and rigid and if it's a slow dance, R.I.P. the other persons feet. I have a weird gait (so I'm told) and apparently I walk weird too, like a penguin.

It's difficult for me to concentrate on things I'm doing. For instance, I've been here for 30 min so far trying to type this because I keep having to go do something else or I randomly remember to do something. This makes things like doing homework or reading a book (that I enjoy and isn't homework). This makes it super difficult and time consuming because after doing a problem or two, or reading about 50-70 words, I lose concentration. I end up getting to go to the fridge or check my phone or do other random things that ruin my concentration.

I also have days where I get up and feel motivated to be productive. Though I also have terrible days when I just feel absolutely terrible. There's also sleeping issues, I can't fall asleep easily.

Finally, I have this issue where I take things literally. For example, on sitcoms a wife will say "I don't want a present" and everyone knows that she really wants a present. Though the husband doesn't understand that and ends up not getting the present because he took her literally. That's basically what it's like all the time and I usually have to ask a person to clarify that they aren't doing something like that.

I'm unsure about having dyspraxia because while I do have terrible balance while standing, I can still ride a bike and sit normally. I also mentioned that I walk weird, I think my balance and weird walk are because of my flat feet. While it isn't a lot that makes me unsure, I do think it's significant in that (from my understanding) dyspraxia messes with a persons motor skills to an extent. Usually gross, fine or both if you're unlucky. Well I know I don't have issues with fine motor skills since I type fine and play video games fine too. I can play sports too.

PS: It took me an hour to type the entire thing.

Hi and welcome.

Dyspraxia is a complex condition and can affect different people in different ways. There are also crossovers with conditions including but not limited to, ADHD. Anxiety, Depression, flat feet, ASD, insomnia. You won't tick all the boxes in all areas as we're all different affected in different ways to different degrees and may have found coping strategies to overcome or mitigate areas of difficulty/impairment.

Equally there is no commandment that states "If thou haveth got Dyspraxia thou shalt be hopeless at and detest all sports, be unable to type and sucketh at video gaming". We've had Wrestlers, Tree Surgeons, Doctors, Musicians and all kinds here!

You haven't offered a history and unfortunately even if I were a Neurologist, OT, Ed Psych, etc, it would be impossible, indeed completely unprofessional of me to say yay or nay in any definitive sense based on what someone has posted online. That said there are plenty of indicators present to suggest that you could be seen to be exhibiting some dyspraxic tendencies and it's something you may wish to investigate further through speaking to your GP or College Welfare/Disability/Learning Support Team.
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