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Unread 02-21-2017, 11:31 PM   #1
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I have difficulty reading and understand sentences and paragraphs. I mean I can read words in a sentence and I understand the words individually what they mean, but I need to make an effort to put them together to understand the sentence. This means I sometimes have to read a sentence 2-4 times to understand it. I thought this is because of ADHD, but the psychiatrist I saw doubted this is the case. Could this be a learning disorder of any kind?
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A lot of people struggle with reading comprehension, but luckily it's something that you can practice and get better at. You should be able to find plenty of tools online that aim to assist people that have issues with rc (if online isn't your style I'm sure there are many other resources available). However, the best way I know to expand reading comprehension is to simply read more and then ask yourself questions about what you just read.
If you already read a lot or you try some of those methods and they don't seem to be working, getting yourself checked out to see if it's a learning disability could also be a great way to start on the path of figuring out what works best for you.
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It's early where I'm at so the grammar of this response is rough, but I actually score really well in reading comprehension so if you ever would like any assistance I'd be more than happy to help
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I was about to say maybe it was dislexia

but no, that's something else isn't it.

learning disorders are not my strong point.

hmm.. I think dislexia is the one where you spell out the word how it sounds
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depression can have a massive impact on ability to read and take in what you have read,I cannot eve attempt long posts on here x
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Yes i recommend you keep practicing at it! Unfortunately this is something my brother has neglected to do, so at 17 he can only read like a 1st grader.
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depression can have a massive impact on ability to read and take in what you have read,I cannot eve attempt long posts on here x


this is why I gave up reading a long time ago

depression leading to poor focus, leading to not able to read much, leading to not remembering what I even read about

I did try to restart reading (I feel sort of bad for stopping), but hmm.

i am better off without it
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I can read and understand, but it doesn't come naturally. I have to make effort to understand sentences, and to connect the sentences to understand the idea. People say they can read a book in a week or even in a month, while it takes me several months to finish a book. My first language isn't English, but I don't think this is the reason. I understand most of the words in English. I often miss the big picture and the idea by focusing on the details (the words). The psychiatrist suggested learning disorder and/ore anxiety. I sometimes feel low. But even when I'm motivated to read something, something else makes it difficult for me. Actually, thinking about it, I remember when reading I kind of "dissociate" sometimes if that is the correct term. Like I feel I'm not really there. I'm also very sensitive to light, and I read mostly online, which might have an effect too. I have no idea what that is.
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have you tried audio books?

I tried audio books for a short time, it worked for me to begin with (lovely to listen to at night), then I started having focus issues and had to just stick to audio dramas (though even an half hour episode of the twilight zone uses too much focus)

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now I don't do it at all really
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it's horrible.

their are so many things I want to read (for example, the girl on the train), but focus. I don't have it
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My mind wanders when listening to audio books, but I think it's easier for me than reading. But with reading, although there a concentration problem, I feel there is another problem; the problem of not connecting the words automatically. I read them disconnected, and I have to replay them in my mind to form a meaning out of them (like a processing delay if you want). That is why sometimes when I watch some movies with subtitles, I lose track, because I cannot understand the translated sentences, although I can read and understand the words!!
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