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November 16, 2010

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Brandon Koch

I have loved reading since I was young. I read all the time. However, on standardized tests I would always struggle with reading comprehension. I never understood why until I made the ADHD connection the past couple years.

More recently, I noticed my inability to retain information when I noticed how I could not retain information from all the ADHD books I have read. I would pick it up for the second time and it was like a brand new book!

Now I TRY to read one book at a time (though I check out too many from library). My excessive reading takes place online, but I am aware of this and trying to cut back.

Your challenges are simple yet powerful. We need to stop trying to meet the standards that others set and discover (and embrace) our own learning styles!

MsHm

I still don't have an official diagnosis of ADHD (I'm in the UK where recognition of the condition is pretty low and trying to get refered via my GP to one of the few people who could diagnose me is like hitting my head against a brick wall!!) but I do have one for dyslexia, despite the fact that I've always been quite a prolific reader & am pretty good at spelling (provided I'm concentrating fully and I'm doing it on paper rather verbally); it was mostly based on these reading challenges, combined with my poor working memory & my very uneven profile of abilities. I knew even while I was being assessed for dyslexia that it almost certainly wasn't the correct diagnosis but as I saw it at the time any diagnosis was better than none! There are quite a lot of overlaps between the symptoms of both, so at least being able to say "I'm dyslexic" went some way towards explaining some of the problems I had (especially important while I was studying). I can't help but wonder how many other people have been diagnosed as dyslexic when ADHD is a more appropriate label.

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