Borderline intellectual functioning, when left unaddressed, can lead to considerable mental, emotional, and even physical challenges. Cognitive difficulties may result in a slower pace of learning, challenges with problem-solving, and an overall struggle with academic and professional tasks. Emotionally, individuals may encounter feelings of frustration, low self-esteem, and social awkwardness due to their slower cognitive processing speed. Physical repercussions may emerge indirectly through stress-related conditions, such as headaches or digestive issues.
If untreated, borderline intellectual functioning can result in more serious complications. These may include difficulties in acquiring new skills, challenges in maintaining employment, and struggles with forming and maintaining relationships. The resulting sense of isolation and failure can increase the risk of developing further mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.