Dyspraxia Foundation’s Response to Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey

This is the Dyspraxia Foundation’s a response to the following survey results

Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey paints a bleak picture of the mental health of the nation http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/adult-psychiatric-morbidity-survey-paints-a-bleak-picture-of-the-mental-health-of-the-nation/#.V-0qOvArK1t

DCD/Dyspraxia is a common condition affecting fine motor coordination, organisational skills, processing speed and, in some cases speech. These difficulties make it difficult for people to carry out everyday activities that others take for granted, such as climbing stairs, using cutlery, writing and taking down a telephone message.

DCD/Dyspraxia is often recognised as a movement disorder, but the emotional effects can be deeply felt. Without the right recognition and support, dyspraxia/DCD can lead to psychological problems such as anxiety and depression, particularly for adults who experience difficulties in higher education and at work. Doctors and psychotherapists are often unaware of underlying neurological conditions that can affect mental health, and adults with dyspraxia/DCD who turn to mental health services can struggle to feel understood or receive appropriate advice. Those attending therapy have described being encouraged to take up sports to make friends, or had performance anxiety dismissed as immaturity or laziness. Problems with memory or word-finding can also be seen as attempts to obstruct therapy. It is hugely important that mental health professionals recognise the link between neurological conditions like DCD/Dyspraxia and psychological wellbeing.