The new report, Vision Communication Disorder (VCD), is an update of the Vision Communication and Attention Disorders Survey, which has been collecting data on the prevalence of VCD since 1995.
In 2016, it found that in the United States, around one in four adults had VCD.
That’s up from around one-third in 2007.
In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one in eight adults in the U.S. had VDD.
“The prevalence of [VCD] is increasing in the general population, and we need to do something about it,” says Jodi Schleicher, who was diagnosed with VCD in her late 20s.
The most common symptoms of VCC are: poor speech and hearing, difficulty communicating with others, and difficulties in managing emotions.
VCD affects more than a quarter of all U.N. children and teenagers and nearly a third of adults over the age of 65.
“A lot of people who are living with VCC don’t know that it exists,” Schleimers sister, Jessica, says.
“It’s something that they’ve been told is a symptom of depression and anxiety and they’re afraid to go on a date.
They’re afraid of saying, ‘I’m fine.’
But they’re not.
It can be a little easier to spot in people that they’re struggling, but it’s a bigger deal.” “
The symptoms of depression, anxiety, and VCC tend to be more subtle than other psychiatric disorders.
It can be a little easier to spot in people that they’re struggling, but it’s a bigger deal.”
Schleischer has tried to explain that she’s not having problems in everyday life.
“I feel like I have a sense of calm,” she says.
But it’s only been three years since her diagnosis and she still feels isolated and alone.
“Everyone seems to think that I have mental illness and I can’t get out of bed,” she explains.
“But that’s not the case.
My family is very supportive, and they say, ‘We can’t believe this.'”
She says her family is supportive of her treatment, but she has had to deal with the stigma of having a diagnosis.
“Being diagnosed is like going through a divorce.
The first six months are the most difficult because you’re really going through the same things you’re going through now,” Schleeicher says.
As a result, Schleichs family has stopped going out with friends or going to parties.
“People have to ask, ‘Why are you having these thoughts?
It hurts because I feel like my voice is being silenced.” “
In the meantime, she says, “It hurts.
It hurts because I feel like my voice is being silenced.
“Some of the coping strategies I’ve been using are very, very difficult. “
In therapy, I try to be present, but sometimes it just isn’t enough,” she tells Newsweek.
That requires me to go through a lot of therapy and also learning how to listen and understand and be able the world around me is as normal as it can possibly be.””
My therapist has helped me figure out how to be able to communicate and how to express myself in a way that feels comfortable and authentic and not feel like a lie.
That requires me to go through a lot of therapy and also learning how to listen and understand and be able the world around me is as normal as it can possibly be.”
Schleichers sister Jessica, who is also living with a VCD diagnosis, is in a therapy program.
She says the program has helped her learn to be herself.
“At the beginning, it was hard,” she recalls.
“They’re trying to help me understand that I’m different and that I don’t have the same problems.
But as time goes on, I realize I’m not the same person I was a few years ago.”
Her sister Jessica says that she wants to be a better version of herself.
“When I was diagnosed, I felt like I had everything in me,” she told Newsweek.
Jessica, 31, is currently working on a book, which is set to be published in 2018.
She’s also trying to raise money to pay for her therapist.
“She’s so good, and I just can’t explain how she’s helped me,” Jessica says.
She has also set up a GoFundMe page, which you can read more about at www.gofundme.com/jenni-schleiches-foundation.
“This is really the only place I can find someone that is willing to help out with this.
They are amazing,” Jessica tells Newsweek in an email.
“That support is amazing and I’ve never felt more at peace, I can tell you that.”