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    I am embarrassed about this problem, but I am putting it out into the universe to hold myself accountable. I struggle with micromanaging my adult offspring who goes to university. Maybe not quite as bad as it sounds. They have learning disabilities and mental illness and are going to college. I have the password to their campus account and have helped them stay organized and with assignments when they want. But they are getting older, better mental health wise, and they need to be more independent. I have been pulling away my support because I know I need to. They want me to. I know they have work due tonight, and I am holding myself back from calling them and prompting them. They know I am here if they need me. Whether they complete the work, pass or fail, it is their life, and they will be ok. They have to grow up and figure things out and choose when they want help or not. They need to fail sometimes and just work it out. I know this sounds like something that should be easy and that I can be a helicopter parent sometimes. I think the experience of starting college during COVID and the stress that caused for us didn't help. Anyway, please don't judge I'm just a mom struggling to be better. Wish me luck. I will let yall know how it goes.

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    Medical assistants and optometrist aren't ophthalmologists

    <p>Medical assistants and optometrist aren't ophthalmologists</p>
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    Finding things so hard

    My mum passed away in May and 10 minutes after her funeral my partner suffered a stroke. I haven't had time to grieve for the loss of my mum. My partner is now home from hospital but obviously his recovery will take some time. My daughter is autistic and suffers with other learning disabilities aswell as anxiety and depression. I'm working 60 hours a week and just struggling to be ok. I have bipolar 1 so the last thing I need is an episode. There's no one to talk to and I'm feeling completely alone. Just want to disappear and now it's starting to sink in that my mum's gone. There's a lady at work who keeps picking at me and I just don't know what to do anymore.

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    I had a TMS consult today. Will be starting it in August for OCD! And off label C-PTSD as those two disorders are very intertwined for me. I did it for OCD and bipolar depression last year with success. So here’s to hoping it helps again!!

    #MentalHealth #Disability #Anxiety #Autism #ADHD #BipolarDisorder #LearningDisabilities #TicDisorders #AnorexiaNervosa #SensoryProcessingDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Dermatillomania #GenderDysphoria

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    It’s been a minute

    How is everyone?

    If you haven’t noticed, I changed my name and pronouns on The Mighty (and in my real life too). So I wanted to re-introduce myself: I’m Kaden! I have NVLD, mental illness, and other neurodivergences.

    Happy disability pride month too! I just had a new article published, not NVLD specific, but about disability pride:
    This Disability Pride Month, I'm Celebrating Being Myself

    Cheers! #NonverbalLearningDisability #ADHD #Autism #MentalHealth #LearningDisabilities

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    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is DiligentDenise. I have a few invisible conditions including a nonverbal learning disability (visual perceptual, spatial, math, motor); environmental illness (also known as multiple chemical sensitivity), hearing impairment, as well as anxiety disorder and depression. I want to connect to other members for the purposes of mutual support and insight gained through lived experience.

    #MightyTogether #Fibromyalgia #Anxiety #Depression #LearningDisabilities

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    Kaden M (he/they)

    I Am Celebrating This Disability Pride Month

    Happy Disability Pride Month! I didn’t identify as “disabled” before I received my various diagnoses (due to lack of awareness that my struggles could be considered as such), but I’ve always had challenges with my mental health and the way I perceive the world. I started to see myself as disabled in college, when my neurodivergence and mental illness started to majorly impact and interfere with my functioning and the need for accommodations grew. That said, there is no right or wrong way to be “disabled.” It is an identity for some, and for me, I initially had shame. I hate to admit that, but I initially felt some shame around needing so much help. Today, I feel pride. Pride, not necessarily because I need accommodations, but pride because I realized I wouldn’t be who I am in all the good ways without my disabilities. I am an out-of-the-box thinker. I am creative. Resilient. Brave. Empathic and compassionate. Intuitive. A gifted creative writer and speaker. Are all of these traits because of my disabilities? Some would argue no, that they’re unrelated. However, I disagree. I think there is a strong tie between my struggles and my strengths. I have mental illness (bipolar disorder, OCD, CPTSD, anxiety, anorexia), learning disabilities (dyscalculia, NVLD, auditory processing disorder, and ADHD), and am autistic. I have heightened sensitivity to the world around me; I have meltdowns and breakdowns and struggle to work at times. I have had to take multiple medical leaves to get through college. I have accommodations in graduate school. I take six medications daily and go to therapy at least twice a week. I am privileged that I have access to such help. Not everybody does. I am disabled and I can still complete a lot of tasks, while others are near impossible. Some things I need help with and others none at all. Again, there is no right or wrong way to be disabled. I am disabled and I am proud. What can you do this July? Read and listen to more disabled voices — of all kinds! My disabilities are mental, emotional, cognitive, and sensory, but many have physical and intellectual disabilities. We must band together as not just a community of disabled people but a community of people — disabled and non-disabled coming together.

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    Autumn Knapp

    Transitioning Out of Homeschooling My Children With Disabilities

    Many of us are parents whose children are on summer break. Five of my kids just wrapped up their first-ever year of school. They finished 10th, eighth, second, and kindergarten/first grades. Before this, they were homeschooled almost exclusively. I took pride in the fact that I did almost everything on my own for five kids — several of whom have learning challenges. (The one exception was our teenager who attended a homeschool co-op for ninth grade.) In 2021, we made the decision to put all of our school-aged kids in school. It was a difficult decision because I considered myself a lifelong homeschooler. I had visions of my children learning together their whole childhood, of doing high school science experiments together, and of taking mid-week family hikes. But adoption, learning disabilities, and my own mental health changed that future I had imagined. I came to a point where I realized that my kids needed much more help than what I could give them. So we made the hard decision to put them in a small school that specializes in helping kids with learning disabilities. I realized that one of the reasons I held on to homeschooling for so long was out of fear. I was worried that my children wouldn’t be “seen” by another teacher, that they would get overlooked, and that they wouldn’t get the education they deserved. I realize now that this was my pride talking. I thought I was the only one who could cultivate their minds, but I was so wrong. Now that their first year of non-homeschool is behind them, I am convinced that putting them in that school was the best thing for them. Their world expanded beyond our eight family members and our four walls. Each of my kids was blessed with a teacher that worked hard to challenge and treasure each of their students. My teenage boys just finished eighth and 10th grade. They enjoyed being in a class with peers, discussing what they were learning, and bouncing ideas off others. They were able to have respectful debates with those with whom they disagreed. They have loved learning this way. My 6-year-old learned how to read and write cursive (something she very much wanted to learn but that I never had the time to teach her). My 9-year-old with dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) received reading and writing tutoring and has made huge progress. She also had the opportunity to perform in a play and had an absolute blast. My 8-year-old with disabilities received the reading, writing, and math help she needed. She is so proud to show me how she writes her numbers and letters. My children have formed relationships with new kids, new families, and new adults — and all of these relationships have blessed them. We have had some disagreements with things they have learned, but each situation we faced provided us with a great opportunity to talk through different ideas and about why we believe what we do. Instead of being protected at home, they have experienced a world outside their home, one with new thoughts, ideas, personalities, and ways of doing things. They all have made good friends. They each have had tough situations involving friends and learned to work through them. My kids’ world has expanded, and that makes me so grateful.

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    What activity gives you the perfect balance of sensory stimulation?

    <p>What activity gives you the perfect balance of sensory stimulation?</p>
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