11 Mental Health Disorders That Are 100% Misunderstood

10. Learning disabilities

Tutor Using Learning Aids To Help Student With Dyslexia Many people unfairly assume those with learning disabilities are stupid. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

Most people unfamiliar to the concept of learning disabilities may assume that it’s a mere title given to individuals who are lazy, not smart, or someone who may have a physical disability. But learning disabilities can affect anyone, even those with average to superior intellectual functioning based on IQ tests. “People with learning differences work hard and sometimes even harder than their peers to compensate and accommodate for learning differences,” said Mendez. “A person struggling with learning differences may score extremely well on an IQ test, but still have trouble working with number sequences, spelling accurately and comprehending reading passages.”