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Pythagorean Nov13-12 12:12 AM

is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
note: not a health issue

I've taken several online quizzes/tests and I always get moderate or borderline results. Reasons I believe I might have dyslexia:

1) I'm left-handed
2) I can't tell where sounds come from. In some occasion, I think they're coming from exactly the opposite direction.
3) it's sometimes really frustrating and takes a lot of concentration to read blocks of text.
4) I mix up extremes (example: I never remember whether high-viscocity is more sticky or more fluid).

It's not stopped me from succeeding in academia, employment, or elsewise, so it's not detrimental to my health, just a curiosity. Things like 3) and 4) above can sometimes make parts of academia painful, but I assume everybody struggles in some domain or another in that regard.

micromass Nov13-12 12:14 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
The only person who can give an answer is a professional. So my suggestion would be to talk to one of those.

Evo Nov13-12 12:18 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
You've succeeded inspite of the problems, which is admirable. I agree with micro, get it checked out.

They found out, too late, that my little sister had fluid blocked in her inner ear.

Pythagorean Nov13-12 12:19 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
Since it's not a health issue (mental or otherwise) I didn't think it would really merit that.

Evo Nov13-12 01:15 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
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Quote by Pythagorean (Post 4157141)
Since it's not a health issue (mental or otherwise) I didn't think it would really merit that.

You should get checked, you never know if you have a minor problem now that could cause problems later if left untreated. Could be an inner ear issue, but I can't diagnose. My little sister eventually went deaf in that ear, and it could have been prevented.

Pythagorean Nov13-12 02:49 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
Interesting result. I would have expected mine was just a result of almost but not completely backwards wiring.

Hrmm...

5) I had strabismus when I was younger.

Maybe a checkup wouldn't hurt.

I like Serena Nov13-12 06:13 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
Just from curiosity, how do you link these symptoms to dyslexia?

As far as I know they are all pretty common and unrelated to dyslexia.

Pythagorean Nov13-12 12:18 PM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
For 2) I've had many friends (and my wife) repeatedly comment on my sense of sound. It's only with far-off sounds, like a gunshot.

for 3) and 5), if I read with only my right eye, the letters get jumped up. This could just be a matter of the circuitry not developing during the critical period (as it was a wandering eye then and didn't get used).

there's studies showing correlation between left handedness and dyslexia (1).

Hrm... here's actually a paper refuting a link between left-handedness and dyslexia, saying that it's an assertion typical in the pediatric psychology field that has never really been checked or thoroughly criticized:
http://jpepsy.oxfordjournals.org/content/12/2/291.short

edgeArchitect Nov16-12 03:28 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
Not sure about dyslexia, but I do see signs of paranoia. ;) (jk)

Pythagorean Nov16-12 11:53 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
I'm paranoid that I might be paranoid :uhh:

phinds Nov16-12 11:59 AM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
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Quote by I like Serena (Post 4157360)
Just from curiosity, how do you link these symptoms to dyslexia?

As far as I know they are all pretty common and unrelated to dyslexia.

I agree w/ this. Your symptoms don't seem to me to have anything at all to do with dyslexia, which is about word recognition problems.

Pythagorean Nov16-12 01:56 PM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
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Quote by phinds (Post 4162205)
I agree w/ this. Your symptoms don't seem to me to have anything at all to do with dyslexia, which is about word recognition problems.

(emphasis mine)

This is what happens with my right eye; words get all jumbled up. With both eyes, I"m just really slow at reading.

I like Serena Nov16-12 02:14 PM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
If you write or type a word, do you mix up letters like a dyslexic does?

Pythagorean Nov16-12 02:30 PM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
I don't know how a dyslexic does, but yes I do mix up letters; for example from/form is typical one for me. But I don't know how that compares to everyone else. I'm sure people do this kind of thing anyway.

But its not all the time, it's when I'm tired (I tend to write late into the night for the week projects are due). That's how my wondering eye started too (when I was tired... then it went to fulltime as I got older... then after three surgeries it's gone).

My mother has a wandering eye and I'm starting to see my youngest daughter's eye drift when she's tired, too.

phinds Nov16-12 02:50 PM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
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Quote by Pythagorean (Post 4162353)
I don't know how a dyslexic does, but yes I do mix up letters; for example from/form is typical one for me. But I don't know how that compares to everyone else. I'm sure people do this kind of thing anyway.

I have a very mild form of dyslexia that exhibits itself as interchanging words, almost always nouns and particularly placenames. On this forum I've done it with photons/protons, but that probably doesn't require dyslexia, just general stupidity. Where it really shows up is when I'm telling someone about something that happened somewhere and I'll use a city name that has no relationship to the city name that I think I'm using.

I've often read about the switching of letters, and that it is common, but that doesn't seem to occur in my case.

Pythagorean Nov16-12 03:16 PM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
I tend to other letters to, like do instead of does or me instead of more.

And I always as n to ratio for some reason. Writing or typing.

Monique Nov16-12 03:20 PM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
Sometimes I feel like a dyslectic, then I want to write down a word that I can say out loud, but have no idea how to spell it. Even when I google the word as I think how it should be spelled, there are no hits.

Words like "decision" are difficult, which I could easily misspell as "desicion" or when I get really confused "disition". To find the right word I then have to google "making a choise", which google then corrects in "making a choice".. after which the correct spelling of "decision" shows up. Those times I feel demented :smile:

Names are impossible to remember, unless I see them written down. I guess that's the difficulty of translation a sound into a word. But I guess many people have a problem with remembering names.

Is it important for you to know whether you're dyslexic, or is it more a curiosity of what it entails?

phinds Nov16-12 03:24 PM

Re: is it possible I have dyslexia?
 
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Quote by Pythagorean (Post 4162400)
And I always as n to ratio for some reason. Writing or typing.

I assume you mean "add" not "as". I do the same thing but have always attributed it to being a speed typist whos fingers just keep going after the brain stops :smile:

I don't remember all the words I do it with but ratio{n} is definitely one of them.


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