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Unhappy Retarded...? - July 28th 2010, 07:09 PM

All my life I've had a fear of being mentally retarded, and I've been thinking only to realise that I am not as smart as people my age normally are. Yes, I am mature, but I really do not know alot, which is making me think I might be retarded. I also have a hard time learning math, and I've read somewhere that people who have a hard time with math have brains that can't comprehend the work. I feel so retarded and stupid, people are correcting me everyday because I don't even know how to properly unlock the front door and we've been living here for coming up on seven years.


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Re: Retarded...? - July 28th 2010, 07:35 PM

gah sorry i just HATE the word retarded. There may be other reasons for you not taking things in easily.

Maybe you just need more time than others. I always lock my door wrong as it is kind of backwards.

If you're worried, go to your doctors and voice your concerns.

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Re: Retarded...? - July 28th 2010, 08:45 PM

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I hate the word retarded too, although it is the correct term. However, alot of people have made that word into something it's not by using it as an insult. I do hate it when people use it that way.
And I hope I am smarter than I think, because right now I feel very...well, slow. I hope my parents will allow me to see a doctor but they may not be possible at the moment due to lacking a source of transportation.


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Re: Retarded...? - July 28th 2010, 08:53 PM

Hi April.

Have you tried a tutor? You school can also provide you with an aide, it you talk with your counsilor.


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Re: Retarded...? - July 28th 2010, 09:10 PM

yeah... i tend to put "learning difficulties" instead... my brother has it... hence why I hate the word.

As above said, a tutor.. or try getting other maths books to help? Are there afterschool help you can get?
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Re: Retarded...? - July 28th 2010, 10:53 PM

Having poor math skills doesn't make you mentally retarded in any way. Schools often teach subjects to each student using the same methods, which is unfortunate when someone may need a different method. You say you don't know a lot, well I say you're 13 years old. Others may claim to know more things but there's a difference between knowing something and understanding something. For example, people in high-school have said to me and my father on numerous accounts that they learned and understand geology. They may understand the basics, if that, nothing more yet they'll still say they understand it. I'm using this example because my father works and used to teach at university level in that field.

Point is, people often say they know more than they really do until you put them to the test and find out how much they truly do know. People are smarter and poorer in different areas.

When I was in around grade 1 or so, my teachers told my parents I was retarded because I was doing poorly in English. The reason was because my parents were often traveling for work and the only people around didn't speak much English. They insisted I was retarded yet in grade 4-5, I was doing math at levels several grades ahead, I got put into some out-of-school programs for math because it was too easy in school. I'm not retarded and I doubt you are too.
   
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Re: Retarded...? - July 29th 2010, 07:34 PM

you probably have a learning disability, but you're almost definitely not retarded. and, in fact, people with learning disabilities have greater than average IQs.


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Re: Retarded...? - July 30th 2010, 07:02 PM

You see, I was kinda afraid of having that too.
Because people at my school think a learning disability and mental retardation are the same thing.
And if they know I have a learning disability...well, you probably won't even want to know what they would do to me.


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Re: Retarded...? - July 30th 2010, 07:22 PM

The word 'Retarded' was used in the Institutions over here in the uk to describe the disabled, handicaped which were being treated in those Institutions.
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Re: Retarded...? - July 30th 2010, 07:25 PM

A learning disability is nothing to be ashamed of.

But the first thing to do is find out was is going on, then you'll know how to treat it.

What do your parents have to say about this?


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Re: Retarded...? - July 30th 2010, 09:17 PM

I haven't talked to my parents about this yet. They would probably think I am just being stupid by assuming this about myself.
They would probably say something like "Your too young to think for yourself anyway, so why should you worry?"


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