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

17. Everyday Tasks Frustrate You Most Of All

For the most part, having dyspraxia doesn’t bother me as an adult. I only get frustrated when it unexpectedly interferes with my daily life: When I walk into an important meeting and trip over my own feet. When I’m trying to get to know somebody and it’s too loud for me to enunciate properly, so they can’t understand what I’m saying. When the flashing lights and loud music in spin class make me hyperventilate.

For me, the big things — my non-existent sense of direction; my dreadful organizational skills; every time my body won’t move the way I want it to — are unsurprising and, actually, kind of funny. It’s the little, everyday actions that are just that little bit harder and just the last bloody straw.

18. Your Muscles Are Weaker Than They Should Be

Many people with dyspraxia also have hypotonia, otherwise known as low muscle tone.

For some people, this symptom can be severe: Maybe you find that a 15-minute walk leaves you fatigued, and that standing up for more than a couple of minutes is uncomfortable. For others, it’s milder: heavy doors are never my friend, for example.

Unfortunately, it can turn into a cycle. Because you find moving from Point A to Point B hard anyway, you’re not using those muscles as often as other people are, so you remain fatigued after even gentle exercise. You can work with a specialist or personal trainer, however, to build your muscle tone.
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