Thread subject: The Dyscalculia Forum :: anxiety attack and panic attacks
Posted by PuNitrate on January 28 2006 05:48 AM
i have dyscalculia, and i have anxiety disorders as well. I am currently in the process of QUITTING a job because of their incessant need to make me feel like a second class citizen because of my inability to handle financial paperwork. (i'm a graphic artist with 17 years experience, whose clients brag on).
This company is willing to let me go due to my inability to file PAPERWORK. (i took a client who spent NOTHING with them and turned them into their 3rd biggest client), yet the fact that i can't file the right papers is paramount to them). But, i HAVE to leave. EVERY DAY i would breathe my way through a panic attack. Every day i would feel as if i was dying, my heart convulsing and aching in my chest.
Yes, i have panic attacks, and i'm realizing, all related to math.
One question on my mind, as expressed by Kris and Eoffg, is have you attempted to explain your difficulties to your employer? Most of the time, it goes over well, particularly if you're up front about it. However, I also know of cases where people are idiots after being informed that their employee has a learning difference. If the latter is the case--that they know and harass you--I'd consider filing a complaint with the EEOC or the equivalent agency in your state/jurisdiction.
Whatever the case may be, you must make sure that you are honest and clear about it, as it may affect your performance. You should NEVER be ashamed of yourself; you're a hard and productive worker, and it is to your credit that you are able to succeed at what you do.