Dyslexia and mental health

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There is a strong link between being dyslexic and experiencing signs of mental ill-health – anxiety, depression, and some forms of compulsive behaviour.

Not all adults with dyslexia will be troubled by mental ill-health, especially if they found out they were dyslexic at an early age and have had time to adjust to the idea.

However, when you first go through an assessment for dyslexia, you can experience a whole range of emotions and fluctuate from optimism to anger, frustration and despair.

Some teenagers and adults will react particularly badly to an assessment.  Some un-diagnosed individuals can experience understandable frustration at feeling different and not knowing why.

There is help and support for individuals who feel troubled by dyslexia.  At university you can access a counselling service.  The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) also has provision for you to be allocated a “mentor” to help you with your health and well-being.

At work, mental ill-health counts as a “protected chracteristic” and you may be entitled to a “reasonable adjustment” to met your needs.  Access to Work funds can be used to fund mentoring to deal with emotional issues that arise through frustrations at work.

You can read more about dyslexia and mental health in:  Neil Alexander-Passe (2015) Dyslexia and mental health. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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