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Post Reply Does anyone feel this way when they want to enjoy reading a book?
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I'm the EXACT same way
And I completely despise writing essays and the like
My mind just has a hard time figuring out how I should start and putting it out on paper

Reading wise, I am really slow
Except when it's manga and I don't know why that is

I think ADHD has a lot to with it
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RavedFury wrote:

Thats the WHOLE point


Care to explain the WHOLE point in YOUR own words?
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Reading was always hard for me, if I couldn't get a picture of the characters, like how they looked it was particularly hard for me to picture what try we're doing, that was y it was hard for me to read the Harry Potter books until i saw the movie cuz then i could fill in each character with a face and it was alot easier that way, but sometimes if the book is just really that good it just fills my imagination
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Yes. Its exhausting sometimes.

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Books put me to sleep after a while, especially if they read somewhat dull or are really tiny letters.
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I sometimes get that but only if I don't feel like reading in the first place or the story simply doesn't interest me. That's why I found reading sessions at school a bore which didn't do much for anybody's interest in reading because there's nothing more boring than being forced to read something that doesn't interest you. I'm also easily distracted sometimes, though I've never been diagnosed with ADHD, it just comes from a lack of interest. The only advice I could give is don't force it upon yourself. If you're having a bad time reading then do something else. If you continually find yourself disinterested due to choosing a bad time to read then you'll make yourself hate it (and since you clearly like reading that obviously wouldn't be a good thing).

I would recommend consulting a doctor or someone who can help you better. Maybe look up some exercises to help improve your attention and clear your mind of thoughts that are in the way. I promise you absolutely nothing. Take from that what you will. After all it's not as though I'm any sort of medical professional, and as such I don't fully know the ins-and-outs of ADHD and how to deal with it efficiently. I'm only aware of some of the effects that come with it.
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BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

I sometimes get that but only if I don't feel like reading in the first place or the story simply doesn't interest me. That's why I found reading sessions at school a bore which didn't do much for anybody's interest in reading because there's nothing more boring than being forced to read something that doesn't interest you. I'm also easily distracted sometimes, though I've never been diagnosed with ADHD, it just comes from a lack of interest. The only advice I could give is don't force it upon yourself. If you're having a bad time reading then do something else. If you continually find yourself disinterested due to choosing a bad time to read then you'll make yourself hate it (and since you clearly like reading that obviously wouldn't be a good thing).

I would recommend consulting a doctor or someone who can help you better. Maybe look up some exercises to help improve your attention and clear your mind of thoughts that are in the way. I promise you absolutely nothing. Take from that what you will. After all it's not as though I'm any sort of medical professional, and as such I don't fully know the ins-and-outs of ADHD and how to deal with it efficiently. I'm only aware of some of the effects that come with it.


I haven't truly read a book in some time though and probably won't for a while until I'm ready to. I do have a doctor that I'm seeing but I get nothing far as going back to reading books. I'll give it time and find a way to get help. Thank you though.
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I felt that when reading (most recently) The Hunger Games. Sure, it was overrated, but it was a damn good book. However, most books I read just get me distracted and I have to start the page over. And over..
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If you're having a hard time focusing on reading or writing due to an over flow of ideas or nagging thoughts on needing to get certain things done it would probably be good to do those things and then try to read. I usually read before I fall asleep making me much more able to just lie around and read. Or you might want to try getting a little exercise or something to get the extra energy out that will allow you to calm down enough to focus on reading/writing. It's helped me in the past to do this. When it comes to writing just jot down whatever random thoughts that are flitting through your head and imagine that you're "leaving those thoughts on the paper/screen." When I had a serious block I wrote down my anger and annoyance with my inability to sit down and write and made the character then feel that way. Ideas that might help. From one ADHD to another.
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ZenZaku wrote:

If you're having a hard time focusing on reading or writing due to an over flow of ideas or nagging thoughts on needing to get certain things done it would probably be good to do those things and then try to read. I usually read before I fall asleep making me much more able to just lie around and read. Or you might want to try getting a little exercise or something to get the extra energy out that will allow you to calm down enough to focus on reading/writing. It's helped me in the past to do this. When it comes to writing just jot down whatever random thoughts that are flitting through your head and imagine that you're "leaving those thoughts on the paper/screen." When I had a serious block I wrote down my anger and annoyance with my inability to sit down and write and made the character then feel that way. Ideas that might help. From one ADHD to another.


thank you.
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I'm assuming you're reading fiction or non-fiction with a story rather than say, Intro to C or something.
From what I hear you lack focus. which could be attributed to a number of things.
Anyways, girl that first said something had good advice, and I would say that you shouldn't think while reading.
So try not thinking while not reading and not falling asleep. Clear your mind. When you pick up a book there should be nothing else.
You shouldn't feel hungry. you shouldn't feel tired. Don't try to do anything, just let it happen. If you want it it will come. If you think you want it it might not, which is just another reason not to think.
Go with the flow, don't focus, don't try, don't desire, let it come to you.
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When I understand what I'm reading, the characters that I read get their own unique voices. That makes me want to read even more.
Like, "oh, she's so feminine and so soft spoken," or "pretty harsh out there, he's like an ol' swag farmer if you ask me," or "very totalitarian, ... monotone."


Even when I'm reading forum posts. Each of you guys have unique voices in my head.

Except shinji. He's a willow.

And, I get a good grasp now why typing in all caps means shouting.
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A lot of the time I have trouble enjoying reading if there's no pictures. It's hard to visualize people and places out of thin air, so the characters end up looking like characters from a random anime or people I know in real life and sometimes that bothers me. Long descriptive paragraphs about places and such are boring because they're hard to see in my mind.

So, my solution is that I normally don't read things that don't at least have pictures of the characters somewhere. If I care enough about what I'm reading and worst comes to worst, I'll doodle it myself so I can imagine it. For my own stories, I'm always drawing or else it's no good.
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torase wrote:

A lot of the time I have trouble enjoying reading if there's no pictures. It's hard to visualize people and places out of thin air, so the characters end up looking like characters from a random anime or people I know in real life and sometimes that bothers me. Long descriptive paragraphs about places and such are boring because they're hard to see in my mind.

So, my solution is that I normally don't read things that don't at least have pictures of the characters somewhere. If I care enough about what I'm reading and worst comes to worst, I'll doodle it myself so I can imagine it. For my own stories, I'm always drawing or else it's no good.


I feel the same way. Its like staring at words and not an pretty picture which bugs me.
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