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If you’re in a relationship with someone whose brain works quite differently from yours, it can be challenging. Find out more here about dyslexia and relationships and what can help.
A dyslexic partner can find it hard “to remember appointments or meetings” or estimate how long a task will take as well as struggle to read and write. This can cause confusion and frustration from a non-dyslexic partner, especially if the partners live together or are raising a family.
In extreme cases, living with a dyslexic partner can ultimately lead to break-ups, separation or divorce. One example of this is when Kevinx41 had routines in place that worked for him, but they got on his ex-wife’s nerves “and they changed her for the worse.” Kevinx41 and his ex-wife ended up getting divorced.
Dyslexic adults can experience emotions such as anxiety, anger and depression. A dyslexic partner may take their anger out on their non-dyslexic partner or feel too anxious or depressed to spend any time with them.
Adults with dyslexia can also feel confused, bewildered, embarrassed, ashamed and guilty. One way that these feelings can affect relationships is that a dyslexic adult could find being in a relationship with or married to a person without dyslexia embarrassing.
On a more positive note, adults with dyslexia can feel relieved, determined and helpful if their non-dyslexic partner is helpful, reassuring and understanding.
British Dyslexia Association’s Living with a dyslexic partner: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/advice/adults/living-with-a-dyslexic-partner
Dyslexia-Research.com’s Dyslexia and Marriage: http://dyslexia-research.com/page24.html
Number Dyslexia’s Dyslexia in Adult Relationships: What to expect: https://numberdyslexia.com/dyslexia-in-adult-relationships/
Thought Catalog’s 17 Things to Expect When You Love Someone Who’s Dyslexic: https://thoughtcatalog.com/melanie-berliet/2015/03/17-things-to-expect-when-you-love-someone-whos-dyslexic/
Dyslexia Help’s What Does the Person with Dyslexia Feel? http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/parents/living-with-dyslexia/home/social-emotional-challenges/what-does-person-with-dyslexia-feel
Dyslexia Assessment & Consultancy’s Aspects of Adult Dyslexia by Dr. Sylvia Moody (PDF, pp. 8 – 9): https://www.workingwithdyslexia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Aspects-of-adult-dyslexia.pdf