Dyslexia in Adults

Adult dyslexia has affected over 40 million adults in the United States. It is time to stop second guessing yourself, and to take certain tests to see if you suffer from this disability. Many times people suspect something is wrong, but try to ignore it. People can be fooled, but you can’t fool yourself.

A person with dyslexia is in good company. Famous people in our American history have battled this. Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein have faced the struggle. Dyslexia and IQ are not interrelated. Pierre Curie won the 1903 Nobel Prize and had his battle with this disability . Because of new strides made in the field, every public school is under federal law to give adult dyslexia testing.

To understand dyslexia, we must understand the root meaning. The word originates from the Greek and means to have a difficulty with words. Different learning disabilities with spelling and reading have their roots in dyslexia. Because of the disability, many battle with low self-esteem, and a severe loss of self-confidence.

Symptoms can differ from person to person. Not all dyslexic adults are equal in their behavior. One person may have trouble putting things in order. Another individual may have difficulty sustaining attention, often labeled a daydreamer. It is thought to be hereditary. Often times it is unrecognized by friends and family.

Adults with dyslexia will exhibit some behavior that can be very confusing. It can be day-to-day, or minute-to-minute. This can be show up in their motor and writing skills. They have trouble with the simplest task, like holding a pencil correctly. Some have been shown to be ambidextrous, with confusion with right hand or left hand.

Personality symptoms can vary. The dyslexia may show up as being compulsive about order and organization, or to the other extreme, total disorder. They may have a feeling of being overwhelmed, and rely on the spouse or an assistant for written correspondence. It is interesting to note that the symptoms increase dramatically if the person is under emotional stress.

Adults with dyslexia think primarily in pictures, not words. The good news is that there are self-help programs. They are available to help learn more effective approaches to math, spelling, and reading. This will help them overcome some of the symptoms by providing mental clarity and less stress in the work place.

25 thoughts on “Dyslexia in Adults

    • There is no cure just figure out your strengths! and use them to help you with your weaknesses. There is a lot of technology out there that can help with reading and writing. Like dragon naturally speaking for writing is one example.

      • Mark,
        If only we could take a pill or get a shot for a cure our life would be so different. I have asked myself in a sharp, loud voice. WHY can’t I go back in time and have ADHD or cronic pain. I would take any other problem other them dislexea that i could even momentaraly ease.
        I asked my wife if I came up with a pill that would recreate the DCDC2 gean in someone would they take it if knowing the only way back was to write an essay?
        Good luck sir for I know we need it.

        • Instead of focusing on the negative effects of dyslexia why don’t you focus on the positive! I am dyslexic and o have high IQ and exceed on my creative skills I wouldn’t be as creative if I wasn’t dyslexic l, we see the world in pictures and I really believe it’s a gift to see the world the way we do!

  1. I can Start to read a book but cant remember characters, plot & end up putting it down & not finishing it, I can’t remember parts of movies, hard to discribe the story then blanks when I try & remember people’s names or actors. Depression from all the stress of life & the people in it I have to deal with each day. Starting things & they never get finished, buy things & use them once. Messy, unorganised. Lack of energy to go on with things I had started. Helping others rather than helping myself. Just a few things I deal with each day 🙁

  2. Read (it takes a lot of time but worth it) this outstanding book on the advantages called: The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

    • I would like to know more about this. My problem is with spelling! I have a really hard time with it. I have to make myself do papers in college and I am wanting to be a nurse. Smartphone have helped with a lot because of Voice recognition. I would like to know more about the book

  3. I have three learning Disabilities, reading, writing, and math. I have families that support me and teachers. \I also have ADD which I take medication.

    • I am so sorry to hear that mine is with spelling and I trying to go to college to be a nurse. I am a 36 year old. I have had it my hole life

  4. I have always had dyslexia but it was grouped as learning disabilities the whole time I was in school. I also have adhd which was labeled hyperactivity back when I was in school in the early 70’s . Now I am having a hard time getting re evaluated for adhd so my dr will give me meds- she is stupid- you dont outgrow it !!! It is so frustrating to me !!!

  5. The dyslexia advantage is a great book and dyslxia empowerment plan by bem foss is also good. Get learning ally program and have books audio. It used to be called reading for the blind and dyslexic. Its tough!

  6. I was labeled. With mild dyslexia in school.
    It still was bad enough that they put me in a low proforming class all through school so they wouldn’t have to deal with me.
    That was almost thirty years ago and after taking some class in a local junior collage last year, I have come to believe even with all of the so called understanding of people with dyslexia, to those in
    The academic world, we are still nothing but a bunch of retards, and a waste of thier time.
    Maybe. I am just feeling a little bitterness that, society has not held up to what they have promised.
    I would rather someone be honest to my face, than feed me a lot of false empathy.

    • Andrew well said! “Schools” in my opinion need a radical shake down! They are designed to fail dyslexics not support them! I personally experienced virtually the same as you, except I’m 50 this year! Boy I have had to learn so much, about myself!

      I’m quite severely dyslexic and my youngest 13 year old son is to. For years I have challenged schools to provide the correct specialist teachers/staff who are able to teach my son & provide him with what he needs. Just to survive this harsh, cruel, judgmental society is hard enough, without being illiterate & labeled thick, useless & good for nothing.

      I still challenge them, probably on a weekly basis, I’m the unpopular mother at my sons school, as you can imagine.
      Teachers do their upmost to manage my son & I, however my love & natural sense of responsibility towards him, override everything thrown at me. So I’m known as the challenging mother.

      My son is intelligent, perceptive, creative, practical, diplomatic, funny, kind, empathic, challenging & kind however he is not organised, punctual, sporty, an average achiever, good at understanding, retaining & explaining himself.
      His spelling & written work is illegible, for this reason he is in bottom set for all his lessons, although his verbal communication skills & general knowledge are above average!
      He’s 13 years of age & thankfully stands at a proud 6ft, so he no longer experiences being bullied & intimidated on a daily occurrence.
      He doesn’t “fit” the mold he thinks outside the box! School have said “they don’t no what to do with him”.
      So hence the day my son tells me, he’s had enough of school & has no friends, is the day home schooling starts for sure!
      His mental state is far more important to me than any test results.
      My son wishes to be self employed, and that is exactly what he will be. I will support him in what ever he chooses to do, it’s his life to live no one else’s.
      Good luck Andrew! Never give up on following your dreams, anything is possible!

      • I am 74 years old.
        I was fortunate enough to be offers Latin while in 9th grade.
        My Latin teacher was genius. She always callled me her little genius.
        I was given confidence by her.
        All through school I was able to use my Latin to understand words and the meaning.
        I do best on multiple choice test due to vocabulary (many words are Latin derivatives) .
        My cell phone is a good tool for me as it offers so many spelling choices while texting.
        Both my children are very intelligent and have no learning disorder, but one of my granddaughters may be have deslexia.

  7. I am guessing by what I have read so far that Dyslexia has been far more recognised and for longer in the USA than here in Australia. I have also noticed its also better understood and holds less stigma in the UK as well.

    I was Diagnosed dyslexic at 16, thanks to my mum who would not just accept what the teachers saying, that her son was slow when he showed promise of being bright.

    after seeing one of australias leading child psychologists and the the referrals to psychiatrists, the IQ test , etc…etc My mother and I presented the report on my diagnosis to my school principal (Headmaster) , and after he took it into his office and flicked through the pages barely reading it he then walked out of the office to where I was sitting, looked me square in the eyes and as he threw the documents at my chest said “I don’t believe a word of this bullshit you’re just stupid and lazy”.

    though I did feel the sting of that day for many years, now that I am 42 I have always strived to never be held back by my dyslexia.

    I’m not for a second saying my battle with dyslexia and ADHD and all the spectrum of emotional and disorganised turmoil associated with it, was in any way made easier by my never give up attitude and to this day as you will all know the fight continues.

    the only thing is that coming from a dyslexics generation that had little to no understanding of this troubling yet gifting diagnosis, it sometimes still feels a very lonely in my own dyslexic world and the stigma here among those in my age bracket is that dyslexia is the stamp of being less intelligent and limited as a person.

    so I guess I’d like to say thanks to all who have commented on this site, some comments expressing frustration and some offering support, in all that has been said I feel much less alone in my dyslexic universe, so thank you all again


    • Dyslexia does rule!! I’m 42, and just figured out I have dyslexia. I have been exploring the possibility that my 7 yr old has it, mildly, but in doing so I’ve discovered I really do! When I was in 2nd grade I was labeled “pokey”, or a slow mover and yet could outrun anyone on the playground, etc…. I shared my discoveries with my dad, HE”S dyslexic too!! Our whole lives we’ve adapted to it and it has made some things both easier and challenging. I like to think of it as a “super power”, like in the comic books! Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is the most appearing reason of my lack of academic writing skills. I’ve been struggling over over and over again until having no sleep solely to get my ambition on it since it’s one main requirement should be provided as soon as possible to transfer my next grade level, even though I’ve never been studying at selective courses for that, but been studying over myself instead. It currently makes me feel stressed out as I don’t get passed scores of academic writing skills yet, actually the test is costly enough. That’s been driving me crazy and been ignoring to stay out when later I would meet the envious folks. My learning disability since I was a child is just consisted of slowly understand on reading, stressed working on writing that it likely needs to be made more creative but the readers going to get confused then, hard to concentrate on my working that modified by short-time running with stress. That feeling is like a person who easily get confused in deciding something that is obvious retarding my working then probably getting failure again again and again. The way to be successfull is always never easy. The video on this website made my life has a light again after feeling irritated of slur. Hope my much efforts will be absolutely payable with great-successfull in the end since supported by my big ambition and reach one of my goals is helping another disability people from the poverty!!

  9. Hello, The power of this dyslexia community:

    I´m dyslexic, and I have been passing a lot of problems since my chlihood. Now as an adult I have kind of that problems as well in the work. I know that I have this abilities with a lot of experience and knowledge. I´m electromechanical engineer with an MBA, focusing in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energies, sustainability, but I haven´t had results, I don´t fit, I don´t find pleace where I exploit my skills. I always have problems with my bosses.

    I need someone to have networking. Someone of Human Resource that can advise me how to manage. An agency of headhunters that know this problem. Some one that understand this abilities and used in order to have mutual benefit.

    I really appreciate some one to talk to and is familiar with this.


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  10. Dyslexia is disability that had affect many the greatest and smartest people , who have made a huge contribution to the development of science, art, medicine. Including the famous artists of the stage, designers, architects, writers, athletes, lawyers, doctors, scientists, politicians and business people. They are the best proof that success is within reach, and it can be achieved patience and systematic work , by supporting talents, passions and interests.

  11. We just realized that my 6YO son has Dyslexia. We knew from the beginning of school that something was not quite right. He has ADHD also and for a while the Dyslexia was hidden and attributed to the attention deficit. In testing we discovered that he has a very high IQ as many dyslexia sufferers do and hope to curb the challenges and bring out the talents. He is also confused as to his dominant hand, causing even further difficulties in writing. This is certainly hereditary as my father has the very same tendencies as my son. They are like twins 60 years apart. I am also starting to question if I to am dyslexic. Reading and staying on task while reading have always been a struggle. I cannot read a novel as I find myself reading the words yet I have no idea what is being read. I’m good at things like twitter and email which are short blasts of content.

    I am looking for resources that the community have found helpful. There are so many come-ons and wastes of money out there. The forum has been very enlightening and helpful. Good luck to all.

  12. I was never diagnosed as a child. I developed the ability to remember fine details, nearly a photographic memory, to cope. I’ve always struggled with right and left, greater than and less than, and reading an analog clock. At 22, I w as s diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Despite surgery and radiation, I still have an exceptional IS. I have completed 2 Bachelor’s degrees and am currently working on my Masters. I am struggling with the many papers that are required and the stress doesn’t help. It’s a comfort to know ther are others like me who are finding success in their own ways. Good luck.

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