I Have Dyscalculia

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 109 People

    When I was in the first grade,

    and they told me that 2+2=4, I thought, "not necessarily!" I mean, 2 apples and 2 oranges do not equal 4 apples. I was always getting the numeral 4 and the letter F confused, because the word "four" has 4 letters and they both have 3 lines, two short and one long. I could not...
    roseisaroseisarose roseisaroseisarose
    56-60, F
    Nov 17, 2014

    hey, umm I'm not good at talking to people

    so let me get right to the point I'm 15 and my brain for math is stuck back in the 3rd grade. i honestly have no clue if i will ever be able to catch up...
    creativemaple creativemaple
    18-21, F
    Jan 25, 2015

    I've Always Been Misunderstood!

    I've always hated math, and anything related to it. I managed in the first grade, even though it took longer for me to understand than for most of the other kids. But then it was taken up a level with larger an uneven numbers (like 56-39) and it started to go downhill. I just...
    suwee3 suwee3
    1 Response Sep 19, 2012

    Like dyslexia but with numbers.

    .. You see12345 I see 13425
    AlwaysRestless AlwaysRestless
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 10, 2015

    I Found A Solution

    http://www.mymathgenius.com/hire someone else to do it. I feared going to college, because one,money is an issue. two, because of math my gpa is lower than it should be, im good at everything else and math is holding me back. I dont expect accomodations for something theres...
    BrighterDaze BrighterDaze
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 3, 2013

    Wait...I'm Not Just An Idiot?

    There's a reason why math has gone over my head all my life? There's a reason why no amount of studying and practice could make the formulas stick in my head? There's a reason why numbers just dont make sense to me? There's a reason why words have always been my preferred way to...
    melmaclorelai melmaclorelai
    18-21, F
    6 Responses May 1, 2011
    Mrscow123 Mrscow123
    56-60, F
    Feb 21, 2013

    Hi my name is Maria and I'm a senior in high

    school I have always struggled with math it's like no Matter how many times you teach it to me I can't remember it this year is just even more hard school just started and just yesterday we took our first test and I had to walk out of class because I was just sitting there while...
    mariaaaa08 mariaaaa08
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 5, 2015

    I Have Dyscalculia And Hate It!

    It isn't that well known & is difficult to detect because unlike some learning disabilities it has no known criteria like when I was having trouble with math in 6th grade they tested me & diagnosed me with Dyslexia when what I actually had was Dyscalculia (which I didn't find out...
    RealMarie27 RealMarie27
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 22, 2010

    Finding X. (How I Came To Understand, Fight And Still Cope With My Dyscalculia.)

    The earliest signs of my difficulties with math started when I was young, very young. I was home schooled and I was just starting mathematics curriculum and early algebra work with my parents when they started noticing frustration, confusion, and reoccurring issues whenever I...
    JessieRaePerkins JessieRaePerkins
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jun 27, 2013

    I Am Struggling With Dyscalculia :(

    I really need someone to talk to who also has Dyscalculia. Its like so embarassing when you go shopping or etc you work at a shop and you need to give the right amount of change back you cant work it out quickly like other people do and its just soo hard and everyday i just go to...
    scarlettpage scarlettpage
    13-15, F
    4 Responses May 26, 2012


    As little Girl, I knew I Was Different. I Could Read And Write Exceptionally Well, But As A Math Student I Was Lost. My Teachers Deemed Me me An Idot. And So I Was labled. My Family And Teachers Called Me Lazy And Stupid. One day My Teacher Used Her Knuckles...
    cl0073 cl0073
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Apr 22, 2013

    If I Could Change One Thing...

    Tell someone you have dyslexia and most people seem to know what you're talking about. Tell someone you have dyscalculia, on the other hand, and you'll get blank stares usually followed by, "What's that?". That's what it was like talking to my highschool guidance councelors...
    HelloGhosty HelloGhosty
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Aug 6, 2010

    Because I'm under-performed

    and bad in math, I'm always called "Retarded", "The dumbest people on the planet", "Too dumb to tuition" by primary school teachers in front of my classmate everyday. Some teacher even instructed me to sit beside dustbin. Not to forget about bully, it's something so common for...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses May 10, 2015

    I've been experiencing problems with math

    for as long as I can remember. I had problems with reading a clock, my multiplication tables , counting change ,everything basic. I developed a fear of it , I would be extremely anxious when I see numbers. It made me feel extremely dumb and stupid and a failure and I saw no...
    aciven10 aciven10
    22-25, F
    Feb 12, 2015

    Hi, I'm twenty-seven

    and I have Dyscalculia as well. I am curious why people with Dyscalculia can't get SSI or SSDI? Also what careers can people with Dyscalculia have? I'm a massage therapist and I have a poor memory as well. Is there anything any of us can do to improve our short term memory? This...
    faerieshimmer87 faerieshimmer87
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 10, 2014

    I have had trouble with self esteem

    and issues getting jobs because i can't do maths. I am researching this at University. Looking for Dyscalculics aged 22-35 to take part in an online interview.
    Izzy1991 Izzy1991
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Nov 13, 2014

    I'm Sick And Tired Of Feeling Different And Stupid. I'm Sick And Tired Of Feeling Sick And Tired And Most Of All; I Feel Powerless.

    I envy anybody that has even a little understanding of maths. It frustrates me that this is controlling me. I feel weaker and weaker by each passing minute. And the older I get, the more out of place I feel. Every day I wake up in hope that my dyscalculia and dyslexia would just...
    shanielou shanielou
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 30, 2012

    So Much Incomprehension And Ignorance

    I've never been good at math, but my teacher in 2nd grade was a very bad person. She got mad and humiliated you in front of the whole class if you didn't know the answer. She's also pulled my ears once. We had this silly little black board and it was devided into little squares...
    GenderPunk GenderPunk
    1 Response May 27, 2012

    I Really Hate Dyscalculia...

    I first started to realise that I had dyscalculia when I was in grade 10. I read a long list of numbers and for some reason I grouped the list into three parts without realising it, and read each part backwards. It was so strange. And now, 2 years later, it just keeps getting...
    blenkinsopa blenkinsopa
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 7, 2011

    I have always excelled at things like languages

    and spelling and the arts, but I am lucky if I even understand math at a middle school level. When I was in kindergarten, some days I could count to like 100, other days only 30 or so. I just didn't remember how to do it. My trouble with math began in 3rd grade, when we had to...
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    Jan 21, 2016


    I'm 17 and was unofficially diagnosed through the special educational needs director at school... Who then proceeded to tell me there was no help available for me. I've resat my Maths GCSE 4 times and am going to take it for the fifth time in November, not looking forward to it...
    FindingM3m0 FindingM3m0
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 3, 2012

    I Have Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Add/adhd Type 2 Combined,and A Comprehension Disorder

    i am a freshman at Baylor University and i am a Pre-Med Major. is there anyone who can possibly help me i am struggling terribly with all my science requirements. ??
    alyssamcelya alyssamcelya
    2 Responses Oct 18, 2012

    I had to take easy math in high school.

    Like Math 1 and such I failed it too. Mostly because I failed to write notes and I needed glasses.
    AfterFall AfterFall
    22-25, F
    Mar 31, 2015

    I may have this learning disability,

    but I don't let it engulf my life. If I have difficulty with a subject such as division, multiplication, adding and subtraction. Most people would say that's basic math and maybe I'm stupid, retarded, dumb, etc for not knowing it, but in fact I'm not any of those things. At...
    Mariahehe Mariahehe
    22-25, F
    Jan 25, 2016

    Having this difficulty has taken over my life

    people think I don't try or that I'm just being lazy but I seriously try hard but nothing helps....?
    mariaaaa08 mariaaaa08
    18-21, F
    Sep 6, 2015

    Hi, I'm new here. I have really bad

    dyscalculia, and it makes going to school so hard for me. I was put in the lowest math class last year, and I even failed that. I had to do a credit recovery class for it during the summer, and I probably wouldn't have passed that either if it wasn't for the help of my math...
    brooke345 brooke345
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 19, 2015

    I've struggled with math

    since I can remember and was finally diagnosed outside of the school system at 15. My school would not help me in anyway and I was told I did not have enough math for college. I'm now 24 and am working on my B.A. Sociology.
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jun 12, 2014

    Held Back By Dyscalculia

    I could never "grasp" maths and was always put in the bottom sets with all the wasters at school, but was in the top/middle sets in every other subject. I struggle sometimes even to work out if a large number is higher or lower than another large number, etc and find it difficult...
    Lucy86 Lucy86
    1 Response May 15, 2013

    It's kind of like Dyslexia

    but more with numbers and math concepts I guess. it's mostly in ppl with ADHD, which I also have....I just got through High school, now onto college math courses.. *sighs dramatically*
    AlwaysRestless AlwaysRestless
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 5, 2015

    My Disability Controls My Life.

    I have never understood math. Even from a very young age I struggled much more than other students. From 4th grade on I never understood one thing. I barely know my times tables, use a calculator or my fingers to solve simple problems, and telling time is almost impossible. I'm...
    taytaytayyay taytaytayyay
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 24, 2012
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