Disabilities?

  • starseed;

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    Does anyone have a disability, know someone with a disability or maybe even work with them? I am curious because for me, it's so much easier to relate to writers like this who understand what you are going through.

    That's why I am curious. :D

    As you know, I have an autistic disorder. If you didn't know, you know now. XD I also have ADHD, severe anxiety due to autism, a slight learning disability and a mild developmental disability. I don't 'act' disabled online, I know. I choose not to be because the internet has taught me a lot about those kinds of things. Offline? That's an ENTIRELY different story.

    Anyway, how about you?
    August 8th, 2012 at 01:11am
  • Year Walk

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    I have mental disorders, but I'm not sure whether I'd call them a disability or not, haha. I'm a schizophrenic, with bipolar and paranoia. These can be sorted without much fuss with antipsychotics, and I know they help me, but a lot of the time I refuse to take them, because I have this thing in the back of my head which convinces me that I must be insane if I take antipsychotics.

    It's not something I can get used to, but it's certainly become a lot more bearable over time.

    It's nice to see others who are willing to talk about this. c:
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:31pm
  • starseed;

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    Well, I'm the kind of person who is accepting of all people with any condition. I went to school with people who had a wide range of disabilities, especially those with down syndrome who happen to be the most adorable kids ever. <3
    August 9th, 2012 at 04:07am
  • Invader Spiffy

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    My best friend has a physical disability. She was born with a condition called Spina Bifida. In her case, she was born with her spine on the outside of her back. She has been in a wheel chair her whole life. But the amazing thing is, even though she has had a ton of surgeries and illnesses because of it, she is always in a good mood and never complains. She is the best friend I could ever ask for <3

    And my cousin is bipolar. He was really bad for a long time. He has been to jail more times than I can remember. He even tried to run over his own little brother. But now he is going to try and get help :)
    August 11th, 2012 at 08:29am
  • alexander bernadotte

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    I'm mentally ill, but I'm not sure if it's considered a disability. I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and anorexia nervosa. The depression and anxiety only started to show during high school, but I've been showing signs of disordered eating -- which eventually spawned into anorexia -- since I was a child. I was on medication for a little while for my depression and anxiety, but I found that it made my feelings of inadiquacy/feeling low/stuff like that (if that makes sense?) much, much worse, so I quit it cold turkey by myself, even though that's possibly the worst thing you could ever do (or so said the doctor that prescribed the meds to me).

    I've learned to cope with these disorders, but it's come to a point where, at this current time, I'm not really sure if I'm coping. But I'm okay I suppose.
    August 11th, 2012 at 08:39am
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    Invader Spiffy:
    My best friend has a physical disability. She was born with a condition called Spina Bifida. In her case, she was born with her spine on the outside of her back. She has been in a wheel chair her whole life. But the amazing thing is, even though she has had a ton of surgeries and illnesses because of it, she is always in a good mood and never complains. She is the best friend I could ever ask for <3
    I've heard of that, actually. I knew someone that had it, though, he was kind of a bully to me and a jerk. D: But he was also in a wheelchair too and had trouble with his speech. I never really knew why he didn't like me. It was back at one of my first high schools when I moved to arizona. >_<
    Alexander Bernadotte:
    I'm mentally ill, but I'm not sure if it's considered a disability. I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and anorexia nervosa. The depression and anxiety only started to show during high school, but I've been showing signs of disordered eating -- which eventually spawned into anorexia -- since I was a child. I was on medication for a little while for my depression and anxiety, but I found that it made my feelings of inadiquacy/feeling low/stuff like that (if that makes sense?) much, much worse, so I quit it cold turkey by myself, even though that's possibly the worst thing you could ever do (or so said the doctor that prescribed the meds to me).

    I've learned to cope with these disorders, but it's come to a point where, at this current time, I'm not really sure if I'm coping. But I'm okay I suppose.
    I think most of my depression and anxiety comes from being autistic, so I sort of know how it feels. >_< With constant bullying/cyberbullying, it's gotten worse that I also have to take meds. It's actually bad enough that if I'm not taking my abilify that my emotions get so highly overwhelming that I want to injure myself just to get rid of those excess emotions. I'm aware of abilify being an anti-psychotic drug and it DOES help which is a good thing. I also take a stimulant for ADHD to help with concentration as well as my sensory issues.
    August 11th, 2012 at 07:12pm
  • Year Walk

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    For me, my Schizophrenia causes paranoia which causes insomnia. At first I thought I was depressed - but only at certain times. Which was then psychologists diagnosed me as to being bipolar. It goes from Neutral > Angry (And upset), rather than Neutral/Happy > Depressed.
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    I think most of my depression and anxiety comes from being autistic, so I sort of know how it feels. >_< With constant bullying/cyberbullying, it's gotten worse that I also have to take meds. It's actually bad enough that if I'm not taking my abilify that my emotions get so highly overwhelming that I want to injure myself just to get rid of those excess emotions. I'm aware of abilify being an anti-psychotic drug and it DOES help which is a good thing. I also take a stimulant for ADHD to help with concentration as well as my sensory issues.
    Extreme bullying was something I always had to put up with. However, I grew to deal with it rather than telling anyone - which was the wrong way to go. Telling someone you trust can vent everything and it makes you feel so much better. Because I had ignored everyone for so long, I started creating imaginary friends and I revolved around my own world. I can honestly say that if I had told someone about the bullying a lot of my mental illnesses would be non-existent now. I did finally tell my psychologist in the last year of school. Even though he couldn't do anything to stop it - it certainly felt good to get it off your chest to someone who'll listen.
    August 11th, 2012 at 10:01pm
  • SexyFairy

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    I'm L.D. Which stands for Learning Disabilities. I have had a lot of trouble in school. I was harassed everyday. Back in tenth grade it had gotten so bad I was about to say I'm done with school. If it wasn't for the one friend that I had I would not have graduated. It has been two years since I graduated. Hard to believe I got this far in life. I also have physical disabilities. No one has been able to put a name to it. I find it funny. I walk with a limp and when my feet are straight my knee bones turn all the way in. There is surgery doctors could do to help it, but there is a big chance I will never walk again. So I told the doctor I am twenty and I have lived with this my whole life. I will continue to live with this. Very Happy It made me who I am today.
    August 19th, 2012 at 08:46pm
  • recounts

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    I have a congenital disability but I'm too uncomfortable to talk about it further. It's really very rare.

    I guess I'm just bringing it up because so many people look at someone and think they're perfectly normal... But I'm not!
    August 28th, 2012 at 02:13am
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    @ outlier
    I totally feel you there. Everyone thinks I'm normal until I have a meltdown or an outburst and then there all, "wtf?" XD
    August 28th, 2012 at 02:32am
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    Aw. :3
    August 28th, 2012 at 02:43am
  • xXcrazy-desiXx

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    Umm hiya I'm don't think of it as a disability but I'm hard of hearing in both ears. Doctor said there a chance I will go completely deft by the time I'm twenty five and I'm seventeen right now. It kind of a scary thought to lose the little hearing I do have.
    August 28th, 2012 at 07:56am
  • BuddyM26

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    I was born with a disfigured left hand!
    I don't count myself as disabled, I can play guitars and drums fine. And I get by everyday tasks pretty easily!
    September 2nd, 2012 at 04:51pm
  • Lil'Biskette

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    I have a minor learning dissorder called Dyscalculia. There isn't much scientific notice about it because it has become pretty rare... but yes, I have it but it is not major.
    This dissorder is when your brain cannot understand numeric concepts so basically having trouble with numbers. (It's like being dyslexic only with just numbers).
    September 4th, 2012 at 05:58am
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    @ Lil'Biskette
    My best friend has Dyscalculia. She's really good when she knows what she's doing in maths, but she can look at a number and everything will just mix up real bad for her.
    September 11th, 2012 at 11:21pm
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    My boyfriend is out of work on disability, suffering from a neurological disorder that makes his brain act kind of strange at times. I don't remember what it is called, but he'll be "a step behind" in his cognition and belatedly process new information. It happens somewhat frequently, and a side effect of it is he'll get extremely upset and will either talk to himself, or his voice will change, or he'll cry and yell about how much pain he's in.

    It's really hard, and also sad. It can occur at any time, no matter how much fun we're having or how comfortable we are. But he never takes it out on me, which is the only important thing to me. Even when his brain isn't processing correctly, he still fights against it to be aware of me and my responses to it. I just wish I could help, but I know it isn't in the realm of influence I have.

    Luckily, it only lasts in bouts and doesn't make him a different person. I only wish I knew how to handle the moments in which it creeps up on him.
    November 23rd, 2012 at 01:49am
  • JehFrJepFo

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    I have ADHD, anxiety, dislecia (I have no idea how to spell this), PTSD, a bit of brain disfunction from physical abuse, and I'm not sure if this is a disability but I have a busted shoulder that I cant move around that much.
    December 30th, 2012 at 08:33pm
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    @ Franken_Jephy
    I have a bad shoulder too. D: If i do anything repetitive that requires it to move around a lot, I get this sharp burning pain. x_x So I have to be careful. It sucks too, since it's my right shoulder and my right side is my most dominant side. D:
    December 30th, 2012 at 08:56pm
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    @ AutisticAlice

    Mine is my right shoulder to, my dominant side aswell. I had a bad gun accident. And then I was in a hostile situation and got shot in the same place. I wear a brace so I cant move it like at all.
    December 30th, 2012 at 09:17pm
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    @ Franken_Jephy
    I'm not sure how mine happened, but if you put your hand on my shoulder when i move it, it grinds a little... no one knows what's wrong with it. See, it's hard for me to really express my pain or to be able to express myself, especially around doctors. x_x They've done tests and x-rays and have found nothing wrong with my shoulder... so it's really odd.
    December 30th, 2012 at 09:21pm