Symptoms of Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that inflicts 4 to 5 percent of the global population and manifests itself as an inability to properly process parts of language that are heard or read. While no two people are alike, there are several general symptoms of dyslexia that people may suffer from. If you have several of these symptoms, consult a physician with your concerns.

Symptoms of Dyslexia: Confusion of Words and Spellings

One of the most common symptoms of dyslexia is reversal or substitution of letters and words. This is a chronic problem and doesn’t affect the same word or spelling. You may be able to spell a word fine, one day, but reverse its spelling the next.

If your concentration is broken by nonexistent movement while reading, this could also mean that you are dyslexic. The important aspect here is nonexistent movement. Being easily distracted isn’t one of the symptoms of dyslexia.

If you reread something several times but are unable to absorb it, this is one of the symptoms of dyslexia. This must be something that is reoccurring and not dependent on reading environment or alertness.

Symptoms of Dyslexia: Physical, Memory, And Cognition

If you suffer from chronic dizziness or stomach pain while reading, then you may be dyslexic. This wouldn’t be a one or two time occurrence. This would happen consistently over a long period of time.

If you have excellent long term memory of faces, places and events, but have a hard time remembering facts or events that haven’t been experienced, this is a warning sign of dyslexia. People who are dyslexic have a hard time processing information presented in word form, thus their memory cannot recall the information.

Being clumsy and uncoordinated at simple tasks is one of the symptoms of dyslexia. People can be born with poor coordination (like me!), so this symptom would have to coincide with several other symptoms to be applicable to dyslexia.

Symptoms of Dyslexia: Behavioral

If you are extreme in the nature of which you order things (disorderly or orderly), you may suffer from dyslexia. The behavior must be extreme in nature and should have manifested at a young age.

If you are extreme in your behavior, you may suffer from dyslexia. This isn’t simply being in a bad mood, or acting out on anger. This is a consistent problem like breaking the law, or being funny at inappropriate times. This could be a symptom of several other disorders as well, so it must coincide with several other symptoms of dyslexia.

Symptoms of Dyslexia: The Bottom Line

If dyslexia goes undiagnosed, it can cause several years of unneeded pain and anguish. If you or your child suffer from several of these symptoms, consult a physician with your concerns. Dyslexia can be overcome. There’s no reason to needlessly suffer.