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Conditions and their Effects 

Here we will be discussing some of the different conditions that people suffer from and the different effects they have on people. Feel free to tell us about your conditions if they are not included. 

Although there are many conditions that are visible i.e. Wheel chair users, mobility issues that require visual physical aids, and very prominent and in your face when you first meet individuals, you get other conditions that many people are not even aware they exist. Generally seeing a person in a wheelchair, wearing a hearing aid, or carrying a white cane tells us a person may be disabled. But what about invisible disabilities that make daily living a bit more difficult for many people worldwide.

Some disabilities are not immediately apparent upon first glance. But most of these people are not considered to be disabled, as their medical conditions do not impair their normal everyday activities. These people do not use an assistive device and most look and act perfectly healthy.Some people with visual or auditory disabilities who do not wear glasses or hearing aids, or discreet hearing aids, may not be obviously disabled. Some people who have vision loss may wear contacts. Sometimes you get to know about them by speaking to the sufferer or their relatives or people that know them. In most cases if it isn't for one of the above methods of information gathering, we would never know that these people are going through unimaginable hardships and pain, as a result of these different conditions. Invisible disabilities can include, but are not limited to, neuro-pathic pain, chronic illnesses such as renal failure, diabetes, back pain and sleep disorders these diseases significantly impair normal activities of daily living.

A sitting disability is another category of invisible impairments; sitting problems are usually caused by chronic back pain. Those with joint problems or chronic pain may not use mobility aids on some days, or at all. Although the disability creates a challenge for the person who has it, the reality of the disability can be difficult for others to recognize or acknowledge. Others may not understand the cause of the problem, if they cannot see evidence of it in a visible way.


Hidden disability, is an umbrella term that captures a whole spectrum of hidden disabilities or challenges that are primarily neurological in nature. 


Do people sometimes have difficulty understanding how your symptoms such as extreme fatigue, dizziness, pain, and cognitive impairments can be so debilitating to you to the extent that you can even be met with hostility by society at large?

People with some kinds of invisible disabilities, such as chronic pain or some kind of sleep disorder, are often accused of faking or imagining their disabilities. These symptoms can occur due to chronic illness, chronic pain, injury, birth disorders, etc. and are not always obvious to the onlooker. It is possible for someone suffering from these conditions to have more than one of the many issues.


Those with joint conditions or problems who suffer chronic pain may not use any type of mobility aids on good days, or ever. Another example is Fibromyalgia which is now understood to be the most common cause of chronic musculo-skeletal pain, many people are now estimated as suffering from this hidden condition.

Other Types of Disabilities:


Chronic Pain: A variety of conditions may cause chronic pain. A few of those reasons may be back problems, bone disease, physical injuries, lymphedema and any number of other reasons. Chronic pain may not be noticeable to people who do not understand the victims specific medical condition.


Chronic Fatigue: This type of disability refers to an individual who constantly feels tired. This can be extremely debilitating and affect every aspect of a persons every day life.


Mental Illness: There are many mental illnesses that do qualify for disability benefits. Some examples are depression, attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia, agoraphobia, and many others. These diseases can also be completely debilitating to the victim, and can make performing everyday tasks extremely difficult, if not impossible. Even though, that being said, there are many other forms of mental illnesses that do not qualify and are not recognized as disabilities.


Chronic Dizziness: Often associated with problems of the inner ear, chronic dizziness can lead to impairment when walking, driving, working, sleeping, and other common tasks.


People with psychiatric disabilities make up a large segment of the invisibly-disabled population.

Many people living with a hidden, physical disability or mental challenges are still able to be active in their hobbies, work and be active in sports. On the other hand, some struggle just to get through their day at work and some cannot work at all. But they are not recognized to have disabilities and people don't understand their suffering which is a real shame and we are aiming to educate the general public and raise awareness to these issues. 
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