Emotional Effects of Dyslexia

  • Depression: The most common emotional effect
  • Negative and self-critical thoughts
  • Depressed mood, lack of enjoyment
  • Inability to imagine a positive future; feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • High Anxiety: The Student becomes fearful of school and seek to avoid it because the anxiety triggered from school is extremely uncomfortable.  The Anxiety makes it more difficult if not impossible to pay attention, concentrate, and stay on task.
  • Feeling “Dumb”: Even kindergarten children can be aware that they are not learning things as easy as their peers.  They expect to be able to read, write and spell.  They are mystified when these difficulties arise.  They attribute this to being “dumb” because they have no way of understanding what may be wrong.


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