Adolescent Dyslexia

Visibly anxious, high school teenager Anna starts off the interview divulging that she’s not happy and “Mondays are hard.” Anna currently has headaches and her stomach hurts and yet the school nurse doesn’t believe her because she frequently has these symptoms. At home, Anna is not getting enough sleep because of all the homework her teachers are giving her and she worries that she is falling further and further behind. Anna feels like her dyslexia is a problem for everyone. She claims she receives mediocre grades; the soccer coach gives her a hard time because she’s always late, and the teachers complain that they have to rearrange their schedules and give her extra time on her tests. Anna feels helpless because she’s not ready for college, barely able to keep up with high school, and she’s not even close to finishing her college applications that are due next week. In addition, Anna used to study with friends, but can’t anymore because they don’t like her complaining. Jason, her boyfriend, also broke up with her a couple of months ago because she wasn’t fun to be around. Anna is tired of seeing everyone else happy and listening to them brag about the colleges they’re applying to. She feels hopeless about her future.