13. You’ve Been Diagnosed With Other Disorders
Brace yourself: We’re going to talk about “comorbidity” again. (Fun fact: Thanks to point number ten, I can’t pronounce “comorbidity.”)
Dyspraxia shares many symptoms with dyslexia, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and autism. It also often occurs in tandem with mood disorders like anxiety and depressive disorders. “All of a sudden I was hit with a massive wave of depression and anxiety and self-hatred,” Cara Delevingne told Vogue about coping with her dyspraxia as a teenager.
Look, I know this sounds scary, especially if you think you may have dyspraxia. You can’t “cure” it, but you can absolutely manage dyspraxia and live a healthy and fulfilling life. (I mean, look at Cara Delevingne. She’s Cara Delevingne, for God’s sake.)
14. Man, Learning New Skills Is Tough
Some people with dyspraxia can strengthen specific connections between brain and body with practice. I’m never going to be the worst’s greatest skier, for example, but the more I practice it, the less challenging it becomes.
The problem, at least for me, is when I try an entirely new physical skill that I have very little experience with. Ice skating? Rollerblading? Basketball? You’ve got to be kidding me.
The same goes for learning any cognitive skill that requires me to multitask: It’s a horrifying, exaggerated, hilarious exercise. This is why I don’t drive, for example, and why I was nearly fired from a deli one time for accidentally putting four shots of expresso in every “regular” coffee.
15. Seriously, How Can One Person Lose So Many Things??
Where do they all go?!
(It’s a shame I didn’t lose that coffee before handing it to all those disgruntled customers, come to think of it.)
16. You Can’t Tell Your Left From Your Right
Not being able to distinguish between your left and your right is a hallmark of dyspraxia. (It also goes some way to explain why you might get lost so often.)