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By Matthew Moody

Dyslexia can be a challenging condition that mainly affects a person's daily living activities. However, it is not one of those well-known conditions like cancer, AIDS, and another dis-ease. To understand how dyslexia affects people, and a focus on adults, we must first understand what dyslexia is. Dyslexia's causes, severity, and prevalence in many adults while trying to learn.

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a condition that may present a person's difficulty in processing data that is usually related to short-term memory deficiency and, at times, visual coordination. Dyslexia may have your short-term memory seem weak. The condition can be either your auditory or visual memory that is affected or both. Thus, being a dyslexic person makes it difficult for you to learn the connection between vocal and written symbols. It is mainly categorized as a learning disability since it mostly affects the vital areas in which learning is related. Since auditory senses and visual skills are needed in education, dyslexia can make one disabled while learning.

How Challenging is Dyslexia?

The severity and can vary with dyslexic people. The main problem areas of difficulty would manifest in reading, spelling, numeration, writing, time-keeping, and personal organization. An individual's effect can be observed from mild spelling and reading difficulties to severe organization problems or even total illiteracy.

There are no typical cases.

Dyslexia is unique from one patient to another diagnosis. Some people do not know that they have dyslexia. At the same time, many people are only diagnosed when they are fully grown. Dyslexia may be due to the unpopularity or perceived stigma of the condition. Sometimes, it can be misdiagnosed. Dyslexia may present different situations that may hint as to another state with similar symptoms.

What Are the Causes?

There is no fully identified cause of dyslexia, even though much research has been conducted to explain its primary reason. However, some studies have gathered some relevant information on the condition. Some neurological research suggests that people with this condition may have some abnormality in how their brains have left hemisphere functions.


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