Invisible disability

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Invisible disabilities are disabilities and chronic illnesses that are not immediately visible when you see or meet a person. - Invisible Disability Project, adapted by Michelle Xie [1]

Examples of invisible disabilities

Mental health struggles

  • For example, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders etc.
  • Mental health issues may also occur as co-conditions from neurodivergent needs not being met (i.e. ADHD or autism).

Chronic pain

  • For example, arthritis, endometriosis, chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia etc.

Autoimmune diseases

  • For example AIDS, HIV, MS, diabetes, IBD etc.

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