According to the Cleveland Clinic, dyscalculia is a learning disorder that affects a person’s ability to understand number-based information and math. People who have dyscalculia struggle with numbers and math because their brains don’t process math-related concepts like the brains of people without this disorder. However, their struggles don’t mean they’re less intelligent or less capable than people who don’t have dyscalculia. The symptoms of this disorder usually appear in childhood, especially when children learn how to do basic math. However, many adults have dyscalculia and don’t know it. People who have dyscalculia often face mental health issues when they have to do math, such as anxiety, depression and other difficult feelings. There’s also a form of dyscalculia that appears later in life. This form, acquired dyscalculia, can happen at any age. This usually happens for other reasons like a medical condition (see more about this under the Causes and Symptoms section below). ²

  1. Dyscalculia: What It Is, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment - Cleveland Clinic
  2. What is dyscalculia?
  3. An overview of dyscalculia
  4. Understanding Dyscalculia: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment - Healthline

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