How Speech Therapy Can Help Teens With Dyslexia

 

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Individuals with dyslexia frequently have problems getting the sequence of letters mixed up when they write. They also find it difficult to read words that most people can read once they see it, such as ‘the.’ Other indications of dyslexia include:

  • Slow development of phonological awareness abilities. Examples of these types of abilities include mixing sounds, segmenting words and phrases, and rhyming.
  • Trouble understanding words or phrases that they have read compared to something that they read out loud.
  • Trouble pronouncing specific sounds.
  • Varying spelling mistakes.
  • Slowing writing pace and poor handwriting.
  • Struggle with note-taking or copying notes.
  • Struggle to recall things like phone numbers.
  • Reading takes much effort.
  • Difficulty writing answers than answering them verbally.

The struggle reading phrases and words frequently results from a discrepancy in the phonological aspect of language, which implies that the individual might find it tough to understand the way sounds go along to shape words. Subsequently, this makes it hard for the individual to decipher a written word (when the person is instructed to say the letters out loud and form words from them).

How Speech Therapy Can Help

  • Phonological Knowledge. Awareness about this aspect primarily implies comprehending the sounds that create language. When a teenager starts learning to read, he needs to create a link between the individual letters and their combinations and the proper sound. This is known as decoding and is the way each child beings to learn how to read. Gradually, complicated words become more familiar, and reading eventually becomes automatic.

As an individual learns more phrases and improves vocabulary, his brain also acquires knowledge of unwritten guidelines regarding acceptable vowel and phoneme groupings in language. Teens and children build on this comprehension through playing with language, like doing word games, singing, and rhyming.

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Individuals with dyslexia typically find language play and rhyming more troublesome compared to their peers. They frequently have difficulty sequencing sounds and might also find it hard to play games that entail changing middle vowels or using the initials of a word with another ending. Consequently, tongue twisters are especially daunting for them.

Language and speech therapists have extensive knowledge of the acquisition of phonological awareness abilities, and many of these abilities have been associated with learning to spell and read. Those who need speech therapy have a higher likelihood of developing reading disabilities in the long term, so developing robust phonological knowledge skills in kids and teens with speech delays can be beneficial when learning how to read.

  • Speech Sound Disabilities. A teenager or young adolescent with speech sounds because of phonological awareness problems has difficulty creating all the sounds in specific classifications. It could be possible to notice patterns in their speech; for instance, they might substitute long sounds or substitute them with shorter sounds. The child might have one sound mistake pattern, or he might have many mistakes, which makes the speech very hard to understand. For someone who has trouble producing sounds, a language and speech therapist must be your initial step in supporting him.

Some of those with dyslexia also experience dyspraxia, a fine motor skills disability that affects sequencing and movement coordination. This affects the muscles that play a role in speech formation and result in language delays. Additionally, some with major dyspraxia might even require alternative approaches to communication because speech takes so much effort and is hard to understand.

  • Working Memory Problems. You may have heard speech therapists making comments about someone’s ‘processing period.’ This means the length of time it takes for someone to process the data provided to him and the time it takes to react to it. Individuals with dyslexia usually need more time to process and more repetition of spoken words to learn.

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Dyslexia could also impact memory because of the term known as phonological loop. This is an instrument utilized by one’s short-term memory to pick up some information and then practice it in the brain. For instance, you use the loop if you want to recall a phone number. This helps an individual retain data in his memory just until he needs to recover it later. Other people can recall more information than others, but those with dyslexia can frequently recall less information than the rest who do not have the disability.

Individuals with short-term memory problems find it more difficult to remember and emphasize spoken information. For instance, a teen with dyslexia that is instructed to repeat a sentence that his teacher just said might not be capable of finding the words to do what is instructed of him, even if he was listening and paying close attention. The more the repetitions, the easier it will be for him to recall the sentence. This problem with remembering spoken information is why an individual with dyslexia finds learning a new language more challenging.

 

 

How The Physically Disabled Can Benefit From Music Therapy

 

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One of the most successful therapeutic interventions for individuals who are physically disabled is music therapy. Music therapy has been utilized by people of all ages, including preschoolers and adults, and numerous types of disabilities – adventitious or hereditary. Music therapy may have a vital function in creating, restoring, or maintaining physical function.

Music is fortifying and can be utilized to drive movement or organizational exercises recommended in physical therapy. The involvement of music can offer a distraction from the anxiety, pain, and discomfort that are often related to some physical dysfunctions. Musical experiences demonstrated through music therapy sessions accomplish a range of emotional, social, and physical objectives that are significant to people’s needs, choices, and capabilities.

Music therapy strategies have been utilized to maintain and develop muscle and joint function or to improve gross and fine motor control and coordination, increase range of motion, facilitate relaxation, enhance respiratory and cardiopulmonary function, and improve motor skills, as well as offer a channel for self-expression and social interactions.

Music therapy sessions integrate the use of various musical media and attain customized treatment objectives. Through movement dance and music routines, movements can be more versatile, deliberate, and coordinated. Live or recorded music can also be used. Live music provides more flexibility and compliance to match and navigate physical motions produced by the client. Musical instruments can be utilized when dealing with a range of motion, nonverbal self-expression, and hand grasp strength. These instruments are frequently adapted to match the particular physical capacities of every client.

Using electronic and computer-aided musical equipment also permits physically disabled clients to attain their optimal creative potential. Singing can help maintain and improve pulmonary functioning and oral and motor skills. It provides the chance to enhance the rate of speech, pronunciation, and breath control skills.

Benefits Of Music Therapy For The Physically Disabled

  • Provide And Encourage Inspiration For Physical Activity. Music therapy offers a healthy and enjoyable space for people with physical dysfunctions to achieve success. Prudently selected background music can improve regular physical activity. Playing live background music, versatility and compliance are upheld so that the music therapist can conveniently fit the client’s movements in style, rhythm, and tempo.

Music helps provide disruption and deviation from exercises that might be challenging to do, offer inspiration to maintain involvement, and make a consistent exercise regimen seem less challenging.

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  • Cultivate Self-Confidence And Independence. As physical function improves and people have more opportunities to learn and gain new abilities, individuality can be cultivated, and self-confidence improved. A healthy self-concept and image can be established by using music therapy strategies. In addition, music therapy activities may be modified according to the client’s needs and abilities. Music therapy helps physically disabled individuals develop healthy mindsets and approaches towards their dysfunctions and find prospects for personal development.

 

  • Aid In Relaxation. Relaxation is a vital part of attaining an improved range of motion and joint elasticity. It is also significant when dealing with people who have spasticity and physical disabilities. Sedative or ‘tranquilizing’ music has been proven to improve EMG relaxation training related to biofeedback relaxation training exclusively for individuals with cerebral palsy. Music that promotes relaxation includes instrumental improvisation and listening to meticulously selected music. Spontaneous music can fit and guide physiological reactions when it comes to accomplishing a state of relaxation.

Most individuals may think that sedative music is effective in attaining a relaxed state of mind, but this might not be true in every situation. A music therapist can monitor and identify the impact of the played music on the specific individual.

  • Establish Communication And Functional Speech Skills. Speech and singing improve oral motor abilities like breath control, vocal power, and articulation. By controlling rhythm and tempo, the clearness of speech can be improved, and the pace of speech can be changed to achieve increased communication skills for an individual.

On the other hand, rhythmic training has also proven to be potent in the management of aphasia. Also, melodic intonation therapy entails the intonation of propositional statements to make the hummed pattern comparable to the regular pattern of a statement when verbally expressed. This method efficiently enhances sentence lengths, intelligibility, articulation skills, and performance levels in children with language-delayed apraxia.

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Music has also been effective when used as a motivation to encourage unstructured speech with physically disabled kids and foster non-verbal communication using sign language or bliss symbols.

  • Encourage Interaction With Others. Individuals with physical dysfunctions may experience reduced opportunities and drive for social interaction. Music therapy provides many opportunities to establish healthy relationships, encourage cooperation, and learn social interaction skills to achieve a common objective. Group music therapy sessions may also offer opportunities to talk about personal experiences with other people and offer a means and recourse for proper self-expression.

 

 

Counseling Storytime: How I Survived During My Darkest Year

NOTE: This is the second part of a two-part blog. Please read well and learn.

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In less than a month of marriage, I found out that my new wife, Joan, was a kleptomaniac. She took money from my sister right under our noses and pretended to help us look for it. If not for the CCTV camera in the restaurant we were at, no one would have found out about it.

As the CCTV footage was playing, everyone got so quiet. I was holding my breath myself because I hoped that doing so would make the scene on the screen seem unreal. Even the security personnel did not open his mouth and did not meet anyone’s gaze. After all, we brought the thief with us. brought her with us.

Then, my sister Elle broke the silence.

“All right. I know we all saw the same thing, but perhaps there’s another explanation for it. Maybe Joan thought that was her bag?” Elle uttered carefully.

Hearing that made me want the ground to open under my wheelchair so I could fall into an abyss. I felt ashamed, angry, and guilty at the same time. I could not believe that behind my wife’s gorgeousness was an ugly and unacceptable habit. And neither my family nor I deserved that.

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My wife excused herself during all the commotion because she was apparently getting a call from her parents in Sweden. When we met her at the lobby, she still feigned concern over what happened. I did not know how she could act like that – like she genuinely cared. The rest of my family was so awkward and did not know what to tell Joan, so I felt the need to break the news.

To everyone’s surprise, Joan tried to deny it. She said the CCTV footage must have been edited or that someone must have framed her. Joan kept making excuses, but the more she talked, the more my love and respect for her diminished.

I did not go home that night with Joan. I booked a hotel room for her so I could think about my next steps. My sister was willing to look past the situation and move on as nothing happened, but I could not do that. How could I be happy with someone who broke my family’s trust and showed no remorse over what she did?

Getting Divorced

I contacted a divorce lawyer the following day. I realized I did it with a not-so-heavy heart – one indication that I made the right choice. After that, I visited Joan in her hotel room to break up with her officially.

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I was hurt when Joan acted all confrontational instead of feeling sad or sorry. She said, “You have the nerve to divorce me when I agreed to marry you despite your disability. Is this your way of thanking me for that? If that’s what you want, then you need to give me alimony for life.”

Joan surprised me for the third time in less than 24 hours – and not in a good way. “We have not been married for long, and you already did the unthinkable to my family. I will make sure that you will get a single cent from me ever,” I uttered as calmly as possible.

That was the last time that Joan and I spoke as a couple. The jury initially wanted us to go through marriage counseling to resolve our issues, but I made my case clear, so they did not push it. I also had that CCTV footage ready to show why I could no longer stay married to Joan and why she did not deserve alimony. Our legal battle went on for almost a year, but the heavens must still be looking after me as our divorce was finalized in my favor.

How Did I Survive All That?

It was not on my own, of course. My family supported my decision when I made it clear that I would not stand beside someone who would commit a crime towards them, regardless of how petty it might be. The amount that Joan stole was easy to earn, but my trust would forever be broken.

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I also met a counselor during the divorce process. I felt myself spiraling down, and I did not want to get depressed over what’s happening in my life. The counselor helped me evaluate and organize my emotions to express them in a way that would not harm me or anybody else.

In truth, this two-part blog is the result of my counseling sessions. The counselor encouraged me to express myself through words, but she chose to do it in any form. I decided to write about the darkest year in my life, hoping that my life experience would be a teachable story for anyone who found themselves in the middle of a crossroad.

Final Thoughts

I admire people who choose their spouses over their snooty relatives. We all deserve a shot at true love, and we should not have to give that up because our family members do not support our decision.

However, in my case, it was the other way around. My family welcomed the love of my life and was willing to overlook her petty theft for my sake. If you experience something remotely similar to that, choose your family over your partner because only the former cares for you.

Counseling Storytime: I Married The Wrong Woman

It was a cold, lonely night at the park when I met Joan. She was a tall woman with golden locks, porcelain skin, and a body that others would die to have. I did not pay attention to her too much when I saw her from a distance because… well, I never had any luck with someone that gorgeous before.

I am an amputee, you see. My legs had to be cut off clean when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded during one of my duties as an army soldier in Afghanistan. They could have been saved if I got treated them immediately. Alas, we were hours away from the medics when it happened, so the doctors had no choice but to amputate my legs and send me home.

Had my new situation ever depressed me? Technically, no. It occurred while I was serving my country; it felt like a better way to lose my legs than by having them sawed off due to a disease. At least, I arrived back in the US as a hero, and then I got to get my bachelor’s degree and open my restaurant.

Dating

The only thing that made me sad one too many times was that it became extremely challenging to find a woman who would want to date me. Thus, I’m pulling the topic back to that eventful night.

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I was deep in my thoughts in front of the artificial river when someone fake-coughed behind me. When I looked around, I saw that same gorgeous woman smiling at me. After exchanging names and pleasantries, Joan sat down next to me for a chat.

Joan was funny and insightful, so I did not notice that we had been talking until midnight. We would have stayed there until the morning if the park keepers did not ask us to leave so that they could clean the entire place. On our way out, I took a chance and asked for Joan’s number. She approached me first and did not seem to mind my disability, so I thought – hoped – that I had a shot with her.

Sadly, Joan replied, “As much as I want to continue communicating with you, my work visa will expire in less than a month. I will have to go back to Sweden, so we may not meet again.”

That stumped me. Sweden would be easy to visit, but long travels were a bit troublesome in my current physical state. Still, I insisted on staying in touch with Joan and seeing her again for the remainder of her time in the country.

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So, Joan and I met every day in the next few weeks. We would go on dates everywhere and get to know each other better. Soon enough, I found myself falling in love with her.

On Joan’s last week in the US, we were both sad and quiet because of her impending departure. Then, one night, it just occurred to me to ask for her hand in marriage so she could stay here for good. I was super nervous as I planned my proposal, but I became the happiest man on earth when she said yes. We got married at a chapel and fixed her papers the next day.

Marriage And Family

I honestly believed that Joan and I would live happily ever after. We settled her documentation first, which was a breeze. Once that’s done, I finally brought my new bride to my childhood home so that she could meet my parents and two older sisters.

That’s when things began to unravel. My family was initially shocked about my rash decision, but I explained that I did it out of love, so they forgave me at once. My sisters tried everything to make Joan feel welcomed, and I was glad to see Joan seemingly getting along with them.

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When we went home that night, though, my new wife could not stop talking about my sisters’ gold accessories. She was like, “Did you see that 5-carat diamond on Elle’s finger? Oh, my!” or “I love Cece’s necklace! Where do you think she got that?”

I did not think much about it, but it made me want to buy all those things for Joan. A few days later, though, the entire family was out for lunch because my eldest sister, Elle, wanted to celebrate our wedding. Elle was old-fashioned, so she always brought cash everywhere instead of a credit card.

We were all having fun and making jokes when Elle rummaged in her bag for the money and came up with half the amount she brought. It was enough to cover our bill, but everyone panicked because $1,000 was still too much to lose, no matter how rich you might be.

The entire family began looking everywhere. We eventually informed the staff about it as my sister insisted that she had the money when we all sat down. Luckily for Elle, there was a CCTV camera close to us, and the manager invited us to their security room to see the footage. Unfortunately for me, the video showed my new wife reaching into my sister’s bag while chatting away and then bundling it up and putting it in her back pocket.

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So, as it turned out, I married the wrong person.

 

NOTE: Please be informed that this is the first part of a two-part blog. Stay tuned to know how the matter got resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Best Online Therapy For Someone With Disability

As someone who has a disability, my everyday life is different from the majority. I have special needs that usual human beings don’t. I deal with life differently.

Most of the time, it’s much harder for me than for everyone else. The regular tasks for others require me some specialized tools and equipment to accomplish. Walking, for one, is a tedious task for me. I can’t do it without my crutches or someone assisting me. It gets even more challenging when I have to climb a flight of stairs or traverse a significant distance. And it’s just one among the long list of things that I find challenging to do.

Living with a disability is not easy. Not to mention that the limitations brought about by the physical disability is a challenge for my mental health. It continually gives me undue stress and anxiety, so I decided to seek professional help.

But with my disability, going to regular therapy is a struggle for me. So I designed a therapy that works for me, which is online therapy. Thankfully, there are numerous options for online therapy nowadays. Each platform provides unique services and payment plans. This article allows me to share with you some useful information about online treatments and how it works.

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Is online therapy legit?

Online therapy is legit and can be similarly effective when compared to face-to-face treatment. This type of therapy works best for treating depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers discovered that the cognitive behavioral therapy conducted online was effective for patients who struggled with an anxiety disorder.

What is the best online therapy site?

BetterHelp is the best in providing a comfortable virtual environment for online therapy. It employs licensed professionals to conduct sessions. A questionnaire helps match you with a compatible therapist to support you. BetterHelp allows you to message your therapist anytime and schedule online live chat sessions at the most convenient time for you.

Is there any free online therapy?

There are support groups and nonprofit organizations that provide free online therapy. You can also find support groups online that include religious groups, teenage forums, and online communities. However, it is essential to note that these may not provide you with the appropriate treatment that your situation requires. For the best results, we suggest seeking help from those who are licensed and professionals.

What is the cheapest online therapy?

BetterHelp offers a weekly subscription of $60-$80 for clients who may not afford their monthly subscription but wants to seek help from a therapist. They provide tailored therapy for your condition. BetterHelp provides a flexible schedule, which means you can have your treatment on a time and day that works best for you.

Which is better, Talkspace or BetterHelp?

Both companies have their benefits. Talkspace has available psychiatry services to refer you to a psychiatrist who can prescribe medications immediately if needed. You no longer have to source a psychiatrist on your own.

Meanwhile, BetterHelp’s strength is that they offer unlimited messaging 5x a week and conduct live video calls if they request one. BetterHelp also offers phone therapy for clients who have a weak internet connection. Also, their therapy is best for individuals, teenagers, and couples.

Is BetterHelp worth the money?

BetterHelp is almost like face to face sessions, although it’s virtual. An added advantage is that, compared to face-to-face services, you can opt to maintain your anonymity throughout the therapy. It is also convenient and affordable, and they ensure that the security of their platforms. The therapists are capable of giving valuable insights to help you understand your feelings and yourself better.

In general, therapy and mental health services are worth it. It helps you rewire and retrain your brain’s cognitive responses as it processes your emotional reactions to stimuli regarding your dealings with other people, events, and how you handle situations effectively.

Is Talkspace expensive?

Traditional face to face consultations costs more than online mental health services since they range from $25 up to $250 per appointment. Talkspace only charges $25 a week, with unlimited appointments for five days a week.

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How do I choose an online therapist?

When choosing an online therapist, it is always best to ensure that the service you are going to sign up for is 100% legit. Research and read the reviews online and listen to what your gut tells you. It is also crucial that you feel comfortable with your chosen therapist. If you are feeling any discomfort, you should request a different therapist for your next appointment.

You can also ask your friends and family about online therapists that they have previously worked with. Often, it is easier to trust the recommendations of those that you know.

Is 7 cups therapy free?

The online community of 7 Cups is free for everyone, especially those interested in participating in peer groups. However, if you would like to talk to a licensed therapist, they have available plans suitable for your budget and needs. They have a monthly plan, an annual plan, a two-year plan, and if you think you need an on-call therapist for life, they have a plan for that too.

Are 7 cups of tea safe?

The 7 Cups of Tea online service is not only safe, but it is also legit and highly recommended by its users. The good thing with 7 Cups is that you can choose to be anonymous, and you don’t need to disclose any personal information. You have the option to share only what is comfortable with you.

How much is Talkspace monthly?

Talkspace has subscription plans that can be billed monthly, quarterly, or annually. Their Plus monthly subscription costs $260, Premium monthly subscription at $316, Ultimate monthly subscription at $396. The good thing with Talkspace is that insurance providers now cover it. You may check out their page to know if your provider is covered.

What can I do instead of therapy?

If you are not comfortable engaging with a therapist, whether physical or online, you may do some exercises to improve your mental health. These activities can be yoga, physical and mental exercises, eating a healthy and balanced diet, meditation, etc. If you are diagnosed before and have a psychiatrist’s prescription, ensure that regularly taking your medications will surely help.

What are the 3 types of therapy?

There are more than three types of therapy. There is psychotherapy, wherein it is done by talking to a trained therapist. Pharmacotherapy wherein a psychiatrist prescribes a medication that is suitable for your diagnosis. Psychodynamic therapy wherein you will work with a licensed therapist to explore the connections between your actions and your unconscious mind.

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Can an online therapist diagnose you?

Yes, especially at the moment that there are limited physical consultations that can be done live. They can send in their diagnosis via email, discussion through phone, chat, or other means comfortable with the individual. Some therapists offer telepsychiatry services. Still, you have to be sure that your chosen therapist is licensed since only a licensed therapist can give their diagnosis when it comes to your mental health.

How do Talkspace therapists get paid?

Talkspace therapists get paid once a month. Their pay is based on the clients they took in for the month, and Talkspace also gives bonuses to their therapists depending on their performance monthly.

Online therapy is a truly convenient way for me to receive therapy. For someone with mobility issues, it allows me to talk to my therapist without leaving the comforts of my home. I can even schedule the sessions and choose the means to communicate. Luckily, technology has undoubtedly brought convenience for people like us who have disabilities. Online therapy is indeed a game-changer.

Since I started with online therapy, I noticed significant improvements in myself. My therapist has taught me healthy coping mechanisms that I get to use from time to time. Slowly, I can feel myself getting better. And I know that in time, I will be able to achieve the best quality of life.

At this point, I’m happy and proud of my progress. I would never think that I would ever see myself in such a good place. If you have been struggling with your mental health, see how online therapy can improve your life.

Our disabilities should not define us. We are more than what we can’t do. Instead, we are what we can do. It should not disable us from living our best life possible. Here’s to the best version of you yet!

 

Mental Health And Physical Disability

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Having a disability can be overwhelming in a lot of different ways. It can make us feel like we are not experiencing the world as it is and as we should be. The disabilities we are born with or we accidentally have can limit us and limit how we live our lives, and this can cause a lot of us to feel depressed. A study has shown that people who live with disabilities double their chances of developing mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Dealing With A Physically Disabled Family Member

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Family is the foundation of life and the basic unit of society which is traditionally composed of a parent and their children. It is where people usually experienced “firsts” in their lives – first joy, pain, love, and other kinds of emotions. A family can be the source of strength or weakness of an individual. It can be one’s strength because it gives the motivation to fulfill our dreams and goals in life – or weakness because it makes us down if problems are experienced by any of the family members. And one big hurdle that a family has to experience would be having a family member who has a physical disability.

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PWD, Mental Health, And COVID-19

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The World Health Organization (WHO), which is at the helm of the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, estimated about one billion people of the world’s population of about 15 percent, suffers from some form of disability. This is not an ignorable figure.

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Depression And Anxiety Is Difficult Especially During This Pandemic Time

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It took me a while to realize that I have depression, even before this COVID-19 situation happened. What I experienced before was a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. I did not want to move. I did not want to wake up. I did not want to attend to my kids. I did not even like to eat, take a bath, talk to others, or just stand up. No one could talk me into moving, but my grandmother. She lives in another state and would call me – “Deng, what’s happening to you? You have little kids to take care of. C’mon. Get up.”

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