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Quick Question - Am I mentally ill?

Postby LeeMills77 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:44 pm

Hello people,

Not in a very good place at the moment.

I’ll try and summarise my position:

I’m 37. My dad is a clever man; my mum I think is mentally retarded.
Mum psychologically abused me for years. Suffered physical beating often at her hands.
Dad taken out of my life. Never really saw him much.
Bullied sometimes at school.
Never had a girlfriend until I was 20.
I almost always seem to misunderstand instructions.
Often can’t follow instructions.
Need things explaining in minute detail. Can’t understand things superficially.
Often don’t understand books or what I’m reading.
University took six years instead of three because I never understood much.
Cannot think abstractly.
Don’t usually understood jokes. Need them explaining.
Always screw up socially – can never connect with people. Ever. Socially awkward.
Serious all the time.
Always screw up relationships – make awful mistakes.
Bright lights – triggers migraines.
Social situations – hate them. Would rather be on my own.
Short-term memory = awful. I’ll be told something and I forget it almost immediately.

Summary – am I thicko? Do I have a learning disability or do I have some kind of disability like Aspergers?

Anybody else relate to this? I fear I’m going to get fired from my job because I keep misunderstanding what my manger is asking me to do.

Thank you!

Lee.
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Re: Quick Question - Am I mentally ill?

Postby RamadanSteve » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:02 pm

You don't really sound like a stupid person because you can write reasonably well, use larger words and spell them correctly, etc. You are also self aware of your faults which implies that you are not mentally challenged. I don't know you personally so I don't really have much to go off of though. I obviously can't diagnose you but you might be on the autism spectrum or have a learning disorder. You may be very intelligent in other ways but not the ways you listed, I don't know. I don't think intelligence can be measured in a linear fashion, some people are smart in some ways, others in other ways. Can you tell me what some of your hobbies are? Are you good at anything?
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Re: Quick Question - Am I mentally ill?

Postby Wally58 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:22 pm

We really can't diagnose people here. We aren't professionals. We are more of a 'peer support' forum. I would suggest that if you haven't had a thorough physical exam with blood chemistry and serum endocrine levels lately, that you begin with that.
Mention to the doctor what you have described here and ask to be referred to a 'specialist' for a proper 'evaluation'.
I do hope that you find your answers. Follow any suggestions and treatment plans that sound smart to you.
Best of luck to you. :D
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Re: Quick Question - Am I mentally ill?

Postby furhuj » Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:38 pm

I agree that you should consult an expert who could help you. It seems to me that you have serious problems going on and you need clarification. I hope you find the best psychologist who could help you get through it! Wishing you all the best!
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