I Have An Invisible Disability

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 523 People

    To look at me today, you'd never know I have MS.

    You'd never guess that I was paralzyed only 2 years ago on my left, or that I needed to use a wheelchair, a walker, and a cane to assist. You'd never know, because I "look" like most of the rest. I walk on my two feet and drive, yes... and if people see me parking in a...
    VeritasAequitas VeritasAequitas
    31-35, F
    8 Responses Feb 28

    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
    31-35, M
    Oct 19, 2014

    http://www.academia.edu/4699796/Exploring_the_experience_of_fatigue_in_people_with_Charcot-Marie-Tooth_disease
    prettyprude prettyprude
    31-35, F
    Feb 27

    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

    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

    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
    5 Responses Mar 8, 2013

    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

    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
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Nov 3, 2013

    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

    Hi. I have chronic fatigue syndrome(cfs).

    Its invisible. I look after myself.People cant see the exhaustion I experience.They dont see anything wrong with me. Its frustrating.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Feb 28

    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

    super invisible . i hide it super well .

    i was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder 7 years ago . it is basically a lovely combo of bipolar with schizophrenic symptoms . i also have social anxiety / agoraphobia . it takes superhuman effort for me to leave my 'safe zone' ; my house , my village . i am also very...
    Chulazon Chulazon
    36-40, F
    1 Response Oct 8, 2015

    My brother was born with a physical disability

    so when he came to live with us he needed a lot of attention and I didn't mind so much that he wanted me to help him instead of our mom. I know he's in a lot of pain but as we got older and my mental illnesses came forward he wasn't willing to even think of my problems as a...
    sexysmeagol sexysmeagol
    18-21, F
    Mar 20

    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, 2014

    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

    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
    5 Responses Sep 22, 2008

    I have severe social anxiety,

    degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, nerve inpengment. I am losing my ability to walk. I don't trust people. what's worst, I'm engaged to a wonderful outgoing man but he's already in a chair and I'm getting to the point I can't help him out of bed. I feel like such a...
    PrincessMouse86 PrincessMouse86
    26-30, F
    Jul 20, 2015

    I feel as though I never got to know the truth.

    I feel as if I'm constantly screaming everything in my head, yet no one hears it!
    destinypaigexo destinypaigexo
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 29

    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

    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

    I have a few invisible disabilities,

    depression, anxiety & borderline personality disorder. I also am 65% deaf in my right ear.
    HisLittleAriel HisLittleAriel
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 28

    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
    Nov 19, 2014

    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

    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.
    Koala1964 Koala1964
    51-55, M
    May 24, 2011

    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

    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, 2014
    Alexp3 Alexp3
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Mar 28

    I act to be brave and not shy

    as possible, but I can't even ask for directions without being scared of judgement
    DoorMattress DoorMattress
    13-15, M
    1 Response Feb 28

    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

    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

    I have oval pupils like an kitty kat.

    meow :3 schizophrenia. Asperger's syndrome. and Ocd . a.d.d. social phobia. bad anxiety. agrophobia or how ever its spelled. and basically panphobia.
    Tallestdavid Tallestdavid
    26-30, M
    Nov 12, 2015

    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
    46-50
    1 Response Apr 14, 2013

    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

    so many invisible things wrong with me.

    I literally think it's what makes me so perfectly imperfect. :p
    diegosauns diegosauns
    18-21, M
    Feb 28

    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
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Apr 18, 2008

    It's only invisible to the people

    who can't see what's happening in my head
    damagedwings damagedwings
    36-40, F
    Nov 13, 2015

    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, 2014

    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

    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
    41-45
    2 Responses Jun 27, 2013

    but everyone believes

    that I'm totally fine. I've stopped trying to get my school to give me accommodations because it's so humiliating to have to explain myself to them.
    cycffuff cycffuff
    22-25, F
    Feb 13, 2015

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