Anyone else have an “invisible” disability?

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Hey, so basically i was just wondering if anyone else on here had a disability that isn’t easily seen.
For me, I’m severely deaf without my hearing aid and cochlear implant, and people usually have no idea that i had a problem hearing them at all.
I don’t meet other people similar to me very often, so i was just wondering. Maybe you have internal organ damage, or cerebral palsy (sp?) that was corrected for the most part.
Also, do you have any tips for dealing with harassment at high school? Upperclassmen who don’t know me will constantly make fun of me because they don’t believe that i have a hard time understanding them.
And people usually don’t believe me when i explain to them that i’ve been living with my hearing loss for my entire life, and i wouldn’t trade it because i don’t know what it’s like to actually hear.

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I have scoliosis and have chronic back pain continually. I just got the paperwork for my job since they need proof of everything.

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6 Responses to “Anyone else have an “invisible” disability?”

  1. wtptoo says:

    I have several invisible disabilities. I’ve faced discrimination from everyone including people like doctors and vocational rehabilitation who is suppose to be understanding of us.

    The only thing I’ve found that prevents the discrimination is to quit saying you are disabled and quit trying to explain to everyone about it because it appears to me nobody really wants to hear it. One tends to be treated better if they are considered “normal”. Fake it till you make it is my motto.

  2. jd says:

    I can hide one but not all.
    If you ever do hear you wont go back., Don’t shut that trap door to the future technologies.

  3. munchkin 1 says:

    Just write them off as ignorant. Anyone with a brain wont discriminate so they are not worth knowing and worrying about. Just take the comments on the chin and carry on with your life and put your time and energy into the people who like you for you.

  4. undir says:

    I have several invisible disabilities myself. I know how tirening people’s ignorance can be.

    I have a hearing loss. I have had it for a few years. I am able to hear certain frequencies very well and certain frequencies I can’t hear, so people are confused and some don’t believe that I really have a hearing loss. They don’t understand how it’s possible to hear certain sounds well and other sounds not. People are very often impatient with me and yell at me for not hearing them. They are irritated over having to repeat themselves, speak up etc. and sometimes they refuse to repeat themselves or they yell at me that I should listen better or pay attention. Friends and family constantly forget about my hearing loss too, because there is no visual reminder of it. Hearing aids can’t help with the type of hearing loss I have. I just keep reminding people about my hearing and when someone doesn’t believe me or is rude about it I just ignore them, it’s their problem.

    I also have fibromyalgia. That too is “invisible”, but causes me a lot of problems. I have chronic pains all over my body, my joints are often stiff, sore or numb. I have problems sleeping and experience a lot of fatigue. I get dizzy, I have a bad eye/mouth drought etc.

    My feet are also crippled after badly healed injuries. You don’t see it on the outside, but on the inside things don’t work the way they should. I have a lot of pain and mobility problems because of this.

    My physical disabilities are unstable though, which means that on some days I am able to walk and move around relatively normally and with minimal difficulties/pains, while on other days I am barely able to walk at all, have little use of my hands and am in a lot of pain. A lot of people don’t understand how a disability can be different between days. They also think I look “too normal” and too young to be disabled. A lot of people think that someone with physical disabilities must use a wheelchair or crutches. I have often gotten rude comments on public transport for not giving up my seat for seniors. People don’t see my disabilities when I’m sitting, so they don’t realize that I need the seat myself. I usually ignore their rude comments. They often start looking guilty though when I stand up and get off the bus, when they can finally see my mobility problems. Some people also assume that I’m lazy when I don’t participate in physically demanding activities or sit down frequently. They just don’t understand.

    I also have dyspraxia. It causes me to have poor motor skills. I often drop things, bump into things, trip over things and I have a lot of small accidents. It also causes difficulties like problems with organizing my speech and more. A lot of people think I’m just not being careful enough and I often get called stupid for being so clumsy.

    And I have Asperger’s syndrome. People don’t notice anything if they meet me briefly, but if they spend more time around me they start noticing and find me weird, because they don’t understand why I’m different. They usually distance themselves (I guess they fear what’s different) and they are often confused or unsure about my abilities and disabilities. They don’t usually comment on it though.

    I sometimes don’t know how to deal with people’s ignorance. I get so tired of explaining things all the time to people who won’t get the message anyway. I wish people had more general knowledge about disabilities and that they were more accepting of differences. People with disabilities shouldn’t have to constantly explain and justify themselves.

  5. fodaddy19 says:

    All of my disabilities are “invisible”. If you met me on the street, it’s likely that you would think I’m just an average person. But if you spent some time with me you’d notice that some things are a little “off” about me.

  6. Spokane Girl says:

    I have:

    Learning difficulty
    Obsessive thinking
    Language processing disorder
    ADD which I sometimes question

    In high school kids just assumed I didn’t listen despite that they knew I was in special ed. I never told them of my problems and neither did my aid so I guess she expected me to tell them.
    At my job when I worked swing shift, my office clerk assumed I didn’t listen and expected me to know everything because I couldn’t connect the dots or read between the lines so he thought I didn’t use my common sense. Despite my short attention span and other difficulty, I am surprised I held down that job.

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