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Hi, my name is PaulSmith29!

Hi, 
My names Paul I'm 29, a couple of years ago after struggling with Instructions given at work and not being able to keep up with targets (along with issues I'm my personal life) , I decided to see my Dr for dyspraxia and some kind of a diagnosis as I know how expensive a formal one is. 

After my Dr asked lots of questions and some mental tests, He informed me that in his personal opinion I did have dyspraxia and kindly wrote this in a letter for my employer. I had tests done as a child in the 90's, but in a time when these issues (Dyslexia/dyspraxia) were not understood, I had both looked into formally, however I can now find no paperwork and my parents are unsure what exactly was found. 

I am 99% sure I have Dyspraxia now, as reading the symptoms of Issues with coordination, struggling to get my thoughts in order (something I constantly struggle and get fustraited with) and I have even seen today that fatigue is also common and I am finding this to be more and more of an issue. 

Has anyone else on here experienced symptoms but does'nt have a formal diagnosis? Or is there anything I can do that won't cost the earth? Also just any general tips on how to deal with these things on a day-to-day basis would be much appreciated. I do find relaxation and mindfulness videos on youtube to be of some help but guess I've also found it difficult till now to help myself (it's nothing to do with motivation, it's just a constant struggle if that makes any sence). I hope that joining here I will be able to get involved & help other people living with this also. 

Thanks,
Paul.

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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,210 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello and welcome to the community @PaulSmith29 :) It's great to have you with us.

    I haven't got any personal experience of dyspraxia, but hopefully some of our members will be able to relate to your situation. 

    You might also like to have a look at the Dyspraxia Foundation website, as they have a page on adults with dyspraxia. They also have what seems to be quite an active Facebook group for adults with dyspraxia (that I'm sure you'd be welcome to join), if you're a Facebook user.

    Did your doctor mention the possibility of an NHS diagnosis? The fact that he wrote a letter for your employer suggests that he's really supportive, which is great.
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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,358 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome on board glad you have joined 

    I dont have any knowledge about your condition but I am sure other members will and will respond 

    Have a look around the site and feel free to join in 
  • PaulSmith29PaulSmith29 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks very much Tori & Janer, I will deffo have a look around the site and join In where I can, I think I need to visit the Dr again as may be more in place now hopefully. 
    Thanks though 🙂 This feels really positive for me. 
    Paul 
  • PaulSmith29PaulSmith29 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Also, the websites & Facebook page is much appreciated Tori
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,210 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem @PaulSmith29! I'd definitely recommend going to see, or having a phone call, with your doctor again. It might be that he can put you on a waiting list for an assessment, or at least refer you to some services or resources in the meantime.

    I look forward to seeing you around on the community! Even if no one else pops up who has dyspraxia, I'm sure you'll find common ground with other members who also experience difficulties with coordination, getting thoughts in order, and self-help, for other reasons.
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,430 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @PaulSmith29!

    Hope you're doing okay.
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,896 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @PaulSmith29 - Welcome to the community, & thank you for joining. I'm sure you'll find the advice given above helpful & I look forward to seeing you around the forum. You might also like to visit our virtual 'Coffee lounge' where we chat about our interests, pets, music, etc. & have some games going on. :)
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @PaulSmith29. :)
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  • PaulSmith29PaulSmith29 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks all 🙂
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