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I Have An Invisible Disability

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 353 People

    All My Life

    ADD, low muscle tone, dyspraxia, anxiety disorder, auditory processing, mitochondrial problems, these are my problems. And it really, really sucks. I'm tired all the time, I feel worse than useless, I have really, really low self-esteem and I know that there will probably never...
    TamJe TamJe 18-21, F Jul 28, 2013

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    No, It's Not My Stupidity!

    I have a bad back from a war wound that allows me to do most anything but stand still for more than 10 minutes in the same place.  Then, it really starts to hurt.  People can't see it.  The VA gives me a disability rating of 40% and a small check each month but I'd...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    I didn't learn that I

    even HAD Aspergers until I was in my 30s. I had learned to mask it. and so I functioned quite well as long as I was a fish in water. Now my life is so hard to get together and the Aspergers is locking me up.
    zmedleff1 zmedleff1 41-45 1 Response Nov 3

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 15, 2011

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    Most People Say...

    I've run into a few people who told me that ADHD wasn't a disability or anything of the sort... I say it's invisible because i can in fact control it. So if i'm concentrating or spaced out then you'd never really know. But if you see me constantly fidgeting, getting impatient...
    candiipup candiipup 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 19, 2008

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    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Nov 12

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    Anyone Here???

    Hey i just found this e.p a few days ago and think it great.. I am wondering if anyone in this group was born with imperforate anus or realated illnesses?? I was born with imperforate anus.The doctors/nurses and my family are great but they dont have imperforate anus and...
    imperforate imperforate 22-25, M 4 Responses Mar 8, 2013

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    Schizoaffective Disorder

    I have schizoaffective disorder. Most people don't realize that I have anything wrong, well at least anything seriously wrong, with me until I tell them. A couple weeks I was talking to a co-worker explaining my disorder and she told me that she would never have known that...
    alisabella alisabella 18-21 2 Responses Dec 23, 2010

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    It's Horrible.

    I suffer from extreme agoraphobia.  I am not taking any medication right now because I don't have health insurance so I've just been suffering for nearly a year.  No one understands it.  They all criticize me for not doing "normal" things like college, a...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2008

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    I Am Hearing Impaired...

    I have a "signal dog" that travels with me. I do not suffer profound hearing loss,but sometimes have loud noises in my ears ...this allows me to have my dog on planes and trains. My doctor gave me paperwork to allow me to have a service dog because I might not hear a...
    PeaceOnEarth PeaceOnEarth 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 30, 2008

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    The List Goes On And On.

    Type 1 Diabetes, ADD, Neuropathy, Retinopathy, SAD. There's some more but these are the more significant ones.
    RuxpinCA RuxpinCA 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 3, 2013

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    My Monster

    When you have a disability of any type, your time, energy, and emotions are all heightened as you begin the journey to learn all you can so that you can regain the best quality of life that you can, given your particular circumstances. And, if you are married, and/or if you have...
    johnnygere johnnygere 22-25 1 Response Jul 28, 2012

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    ADD

    i have been diagnosed with ADD and i am currently in treatment for it.  there is hope!  it's a matter of finding the right doctor and getting proper treatment.  there are also advantages to having ADD- high energy, creative and innovative thinking.  i would...
    vanny291 vanny291 31-35 1 Response Oct 25, 2008

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    I Got "lucky" In The Gene Pool

    I was born with a genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. A defect in my genes causes benign tumors to grow in many of my organs and I had seizures as a baby.  I thankfully as a child had a fairly mild case but developed problems shortly after moving to New York...
    1toughcookie 1toughcookie 31-35 1 Response Jul 11, 2010

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    My Invisble Diseases

    So lately I have been thinking about invisible diseases a lot. I have been trying to get out more. My mom and I parked in a handicapped parking spot and forgot to put the sign up.. We came back and the car was keyed! I am a bit worried because I am trying to be more independent...
    TheGirlNextDoor88 TheGirlNextDoor88 22-25, F 2 Responses May 28, 2011

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    Invisible Disability

    I have abilities first of all, however when I use my intellect or my inclinations (we all have them) usually they are spot on or above average. I am humble and seek to better other people with my efforts. however in the work place and the past schooling expereinces if I do well...
    fransiscan fransiscan 41-45 1 Response Apr 14, 2013

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    Invisible On Purpose

    I was diagnosed with Conduct Disorder a week ago after several...disturbing occurrences. This disorder simply means I don't like rules and parents, I don't have that little voice in my head telling me what I do is wong either. My parents deny the diagnosis. My doctors desperately...
    RealCold RealCold 13-15, F Oct 30, 2010

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    My life will never be the same.

    In 2011, an extremely traumatic event happened to me and since then my life had never been the same. It's easiest to just list the thingsthat were identified after that fateful day in August of 2011. I was diagnosed with the following invisible diseases. 2011: Narcolepsy...
    XxAlphaCentaurixX XxAlphaCentaurixX 26-30, T 1 Response Nov 19

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    Does Dyspraxia count

    as an Invisible Disability? It feels like it should count anyway! :( It seems like NOBODY knows what it is or understands about it properly! I've had to suffer with this all my life and it has made me feel so depressed at times! And I'm only 16! :( I just want to be able to live...
    Thecookiemonster5798 Thecookiemonster5798 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2011

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    Now You See

    My Aspergers is what you would call an "Invisible Disability." I don't tell people about it and you can't see it on me. People who don't know about it assume I am lazy or weird. I've been called creepy, possibly because people are not used to a sensitive guy. Most of...
    AspergicMajor AspergicMajor 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    I can't do math without a calculator.

    Kid's in fifth grade and she calls her dad if she gets stumped on math homework. lol
    niklb niklb 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 21

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    Multiple Disabilities.....

    I have allergies,hypotension,migraines,gerd,hyperthyroidism,apraxia,nvld,and type one diabetes.everything started after i was born.it was scary finding out the problems and i struggle daily for others to understand me.i was called quiet, shy, and stupid in high school.people...
    borochick14 borochick14 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2011

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    My "invisible" Disability....

    I haven't read all the stories in this thread, but here's another "invisible" disability story. I am hearing impaired. And while I do wear hearing aids, my long hair covers up my ears and my aids. It never fails to anger, and sadden, me the constant rudeness that comes from...
    stitchingirl stitchingirl 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 20, 2012

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2011

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    Mishap

    Since I was young, living has been a struggle. School was/is the biggest struggle. My self-esteem was always pretty low because I was taught that my ability to excel academically was equivalent to my self-worth. (No one ever said this directly but it was unsaid) I always managed...
    mislady1234 mislady1234 26-30 1 Response Mar 3, 2012

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    Apparently I'm "Too Young".

     I have a few invisible disabilities.  There are some mental/emotional issues that usually manifest as PTSD which, at times, can be unbearable.  (I won't get into all that for now.)  Therapy and inpatient psychiatric care alleviated it somewhat, and I'm now...
    PrimaryColours PrimaryColours 26-30 1 Response Sep 20, 2008

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 15, 2011

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    Please Read Its Short Sweet And Good

    Hi everyone I found this website called disabilinet.com. Its like facebook accept for people with disability's or medical conditions/illnesses. Its really really good but it just need more people on it.. Its totally free so please just check it out and if you like it sign up...
    imperforate imperforate 22-25, M Oct 5, 2013

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    Low Processing Speed

    I had some neuropsychological testing done a few years ago, and I had low processing speed.  Basically that means that my intelligence isn't hindered at all...I'm actually smarter than average IQ-wise.  But it just takes me a long time to process things.  For...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M 8 Responses Sep 20, 2008

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2011

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    M.S. and My Life!

    I was diagnosed with m.s. 8 years ago. I was just married for two months when it decided to surface. I was lucky and had maybe 2 relapses a year. But for the last two years I was doing so good, well I went for almost a year without one and now here it is again. It is...
    mom2810 mom2810 31-35, F Jan 20, 2009

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    Back To Work

    I've been off work on disability for over a year and now they want me to go back. I'm trying so hard not to freak out.There have been a few co-workers that have bashed and bad-mouthed others that have also been on disability and it makes me sick to my stomach. one girl even...
    sweetsie sweetsie 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2011

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    Several

    I have moderate to severe hearing loss in my right ear, which prevented me from getting factory work.  Safety issue apparently. Depression is not a visible disability either.
    koalaguy koalaguy 46-50, M May 24, 2011

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    Dissociative Disorder

    Sometimes it's pretty alienating.Can I get a witness? 
    docredfield docredfield 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 29, 2010

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    Adult Ld

    I have adult LD. I hate it because i have a very hard time understand my kids homework and to help them. I am all ways forgetting things. It's hard to get any one to understand how i feel everyday.
    Angel04 Angel04 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 22, 2011

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    Invisible

    I have more than one invisible disability, but only one of them has severely altered the course of my life. That invisible disability is SAD better known (by ppl who know it at all) as social anxiety disorder. I look very normal on the outside, others just think I'm shy, if they...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 6 Responses Sep 22, 2008

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    They Don't Believe Me

    Have Medicare cause I have a brain disability. I got turned down by two Medicare psychiatrists because I was not 65 and older. At the bank, one time, I tried to cash my SS check and the teller commented, "You don't look old enough to be on Social Security." Getting on a bus...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 15, 2011

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    I Have Adhd

    No I don't lack potential, I can't focus on a task. I don't quit when it gets too hard, I focus on something else. I hate when people try to tell me "Oh yeah I have that" but never mention the secondary diagnosis. Or they blow it off and just assume you like to have an...
    kryptonian kryptonian 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 30, 2008

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    Please take a moment to sign this petition,

    I I became severely ill shortly before I was due to graduate from college. I was denied essential medication because the insurance company deemed it to be too expensive, Consequently, I began to have seizures, had a stroke which impaired my vision, and had complete kidney...
    sweetiepoo sweetiepoo 26-30, F Jun 10

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    Ssi

    I had back surgery and now my right leg is completely numb and will prob remain that way, I also have bipolar panic disorder so I applied for ssi, what are the chances of being approved?
    Lobeck74 Lobeck74 36-40 2 Responses Jun 27, 2013

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    I Have Both

    When I was a teenager, I always felt "broken" on the inside. When I was 26, my feeling became a reality on the outside. At 31, a chronic inflammation in my airway, contracted at age 26, caused me to be trach'd. Doctor gave me about 2 years to live at that point. They called it...
    meo1960 meo1960 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 27, 2011

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    Passing

    To see me, you wouldn't recessarily think that I had a disability.  I have a good full time job, am married (ok very close to it), am a parent,and a part time university student.  For all intents and purposes I am not disabled.What people don't see is my fingers constantly...
    gdgtgrl gdgtgrl 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2012

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    I haven't considered myself

    as a person with a disability for a long time. Five-and-a-half years ago, I used the resources I had through my employer, to find a new job that allowed me to continue to work after attempting suicide and spending a few months in a hospital outpatient program. Moving to a...
    kalgsto kalgsto 26-30, M Oct 19

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    I have a disability all im trying to do is make new friends i went to a special school all life and loved my friends there but now i dont get to talk to them as i dont remember...
    ewoh1993 ewoh1993 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 12

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    I'm trying to turn things around, but instead I'll say why do I feel so invisible? Good things will come my way. If only I truly believed this. Bit after listening to this song...
    Ginkofishin Ginkofishin 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    I was diagnosed with CIDP when I was 12 (year 7) and I laughed when they told me because even though I had no idea what it was and the name was such a mouthful, I was relieved to...
    AlexPeyton AlexPeyton 18-21, F Nov 2

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    I was so happy when this apartment became available to me since I so wanted to move away from my verbally abusive ex-boyfriend who lived in the same building where I lived and was...
    heartprotection heartprotection 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 13

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    PaulDaleRoberts PaulDaleRoberts 51-55, M Nov 6

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    I'm sat here at the minute in my best friend's bedroom. We haven't seen eachother for weeks so we took today to catch up but all she's done is sat on YouTube looking at parody...
    LittleMowgli LittleMowgli 16-17, F Nov 7

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    I used to imagine I world where I had magical abilities. I liked to go here when I was depressed. I live in an area that no humans and nothing else can enter, unless I allow it...