19 Symptoms Of Dyspraxia That Aren’t Just “Being Clumsy”

8. Eating Is Kind Of Difficult

Food is great and all, but it’s also hard. Coordination-wise, there’s a lot going on:Maybe you struggle to hold your knife and your fork as you chew your food, cut it into pieces, talk, drink. Maybe you don’t like the texture of certain foods, or you’re an embarrassingly messy eater, or you have to focus hard on the act of chewing and swallowing.

“Almost everything we do requires you to be co-ordinated,” Kirby says. “From the time we get up until we go to bed we are moving in some way — dressing, feeding, walking, working.”

I know it sounds weird, and maybe you’ve tried to hide it, but trust me: If you find eating physically stressful, you’re not alone. Eating is one of life’s great joys, but eating is also a goddamn onslaught for your senses.

9. You’re Frustrated And Anxious

A 2013 study in the journal BMC Neurology found that more than 60 percent of children who have learning disorders (like dyspraxia, dyslexia, and ADHD) also suffer “neuropsychopathologies” — like mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.

“The consequence of DCD is that [it] impacts on social participation and also limits activities of daily living. People often have low self-esteem and are anxious,” says Kirby.

It’s hard to say whether having a mood disorder is a symptom of dyspraxia, or whether people with dyspraxia are more likely to have mood disorders because they struggle with aspects of everyday life. Regardless, research suggests there’s a ton of”comorbidity” between developmental and psychological disorders — if you have one, you’re much more likely to have the other.

10. You Speak Too Loudly, Or Too Slowly, Or Too Quickly, Or…

For many people with dyspraxia, “speech apraxia” is their biggest issue. Speech apraxia is when messages from your brain aren’t all getting through to your lips, jaw, or tongue — basically, the parts of your body needed to speak effectively — which makes it difficult to form words the way that you want to.

In people with dyspraxia, this can be severe (e.g. you find it incredibly hard to say what you want) to mild (I speak more quickly than average, for example, but people can usually understand me). There are a lot of excellent specialists who treat speech apraxia specifically — so while your dyspraxia isn’t going away, you can improve your speech patterns with speech therapy.
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