DCD: The Key Facts
Did you know that….
3% of adults in the UK have DCD
DCD is often mistaken for clumsiness
Lots of people aren’t diagnosed with DCD until adulthood
For most people, there is no known cause of DCD
What it’s like to have DCD
‘For me, managing my time was an issue. I found it hard to plan my time and I often left tasks unfinished, which made me more stressed and more likely to make mistakes. I found that using mind maps helped me to prioritise my workload better so I wasn’t panicking at the end of the day.’
DCD is a condition that affects people’s movement and their motor skills. It can impact on all sorts of areas of everyday life. It might make you more prone to tripping, falling, or bumping into things. Or it might affect your ability to perform tasks that require ‘fine motor skills’, such as typing or drawing. In some people, it affects short term memory.
Lots of people don’t know that they have DCD until they get a formal diagnosis in adulthood, but it’s thought that roughly 3-5% of the population have some form of DCD (Kirby, 2018).
There is no known cause of DCD. Some people are born with it, but DCD can also be a side effect of damage to the brain after a stroke, head injury or as a result of another neurological condition. This is known as ‘apraxia’.
Although people with DCD find some everyday tasks challenging, they often have strengths in other areas, such as:
How can I find out if I have DCD?
At Lexxic, we have a range of diagnostic tools to help assess your needs, or the needs of your employees. If you would like to find out more about what we do, get in touch.
How Lexxic can help
Our team of highly qualified psychologists provide support and advice for adults in the workplace. We work with you from the point of diagnosis, through to identifying what you need to get the best long-term outcomes.
We can help you to better understand your strengths and weaknesses, know your learning style, and give you training for specific skills.
Get in touch if you would like to chat with one of our team, or find out more about the services we can provide.