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Old 10-27-06, 10:59 AM
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Reading tips anyone?

Hey guys/gals,

I want to buy ADD book, but I am procratinating about it big time

Everytime I buy a book, I read a little and get bored, or find something else to do.

I read one book and loved it, couldn't put it down, but that was rare.

So my question is, how am I going to read and learn, if I can't finish a book, or get bored in the middle, and don't know how to pick it up again.
I have a problem with having to read sentences again and again, because my mind wanders, or I just don't get it.

Any tips would be appreciated.
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Old 10-27-06, 01:20 PM
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Question Reading tips

Choose a more readable book?

Sometimes it's not the ADD, it's the way the book is presented that makes it hard. There are a lot of informative authors that need much better editors.

Contrary to normal reflexes, you don't have to read the whole thing. Give yourself an hour (set a timer) and skim. Only read paragraphs that seem pertinent to your life, and settle for what you pick up in an hour. If you haven't picked up anything useful in an hour, consider the book read and done with. It can be tossed or put on a reference shelf, but it doesn't have to stay in the reading pile.

If you find enough good stuff in the book that you want to go back for another hour later, fine. Set the timer if it reminds you it's not an endless task.

There's a lot of ADD books out there and not all of them are really relevant for you. And if you can get the info you want in a book that's short, to the point, and easy to read, why try to stick with one that's boring, excessively wordy, is visually interesting, and looks like a textbook?

My vote so far for most informative and fun read so far is "ADD-friendly ways to organize your life." (includes instructions on skimming and how to get rid of your reading backlog ) What book did you find that you liked? And are you looking for any particular area of ADD info? (What ADD is, ADD and women, living with ADD, doctor-oriented info, ADD treatment, organizing your life with ADD....)
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Charonshanti,

I am glad you put those points down, it makes it clearer for me to ask my next question.

Which book should I get that I will understand, and pretty easy to read, that I will be interested in?

How is Driven to Distraction???

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I find reading really difficult too because I get bored so quickly.
I read about 4 or 5 books at the same time so when im fed up with reading one, I'll go on to another and so on and that works for me.
But I doubt that system works for everyone.

I haven't read it yet but ive heard that Driven to Distraction is a really good book to read. People recommend it all the time on these forums.
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Check out this thread:

http://www.addforums.com/forums/show...favorite+books

It's a list of people's favorite books, with a little bit about them.

http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=769 is tips for reading books about ADD.

We need a new kind of book review that considers both worthwhile content and presentation (readability). So... here's the criteria:
  • Concise & to the point, not wordy
  • Interesting visual layout, easy on the eyes & not textbook-like
  • Practical & informative
  • Less than 1" thick (less important than the preceding, but after all... a good author should be able to get his point across in 1", unless he's really writing a textbook!)
Anyone have an ADD favorite that fits into that criteria?
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How is Driven to Distraction???
I'm reading it now and it's great. Lots of examples of real people with ADD, but none are drawn out so much that it seems tedious. I find that it's written in a pretty conversaton style as well, which helps a lot with readability.
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I do like "Boone1", I read three books at the same time and it works great for me!
For the book I definitely recommend
"ADD: A Different Perception" by Thom Hartmann,
("The Hunters in a Farmer's World")
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take adderall before you read?
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i suggest brian lumley. he writes very well but sometimes babbles. this might help you focus more on what he is writing.

check out the necroscope series. its one of my favorites.

especially the naughty vampire part in a later book.
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I read one book and loved it, couldn't put it down, but that was rare.

So my question is, how am I going to read and learn, if I can't finish a book, or get bored in the middle, and don't know how to pick it up again.
I have a problem with having to read sentences again and again, because my mind wanders, or I just don't get it.

Any tips would be appreciated.
I try to read in the morning on my way to work. I still only get to read half a page at a time before my mind wanders. I've discovered several different scenarios wher my mind wanders and different ways of tackling it:

* The half page wander - I realize shortly into it that I'm doing it, and I get back to it. I try not force myself into it, because that won't work. I'll just try to imagine what I've read so far, and continue on.

* The mega half page wander - this usually starts to happen about 30 minutes into reading. The best way is to close the book and let my mind wander. If I don't I'll be forcing myself to read, I won't be able to read, then I'll get frustrated, then, (if I'm reading on the bus), I'll get embarrassed that I've been on the same page for 15 minutes, etc, etc.

* The can't read at all wander - just don't no amount of effort will help. But, sometimes if I HAVE to read something, then I'll go for a run/walk, then come back and try to read.
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There's a really good book by Sari Solden it's called "Women with Attention
Deficit Disorder" it's very helpful and easy to read....you'd be surprised how much of yourself you'll see in that book.


When I read it it brought out a range of emotions good and bad but it helped me to see, accept and embrace myself for who and what I really am.

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Totally read Driven to Distraction. It's written by a dr with A.D.D. and it's designed so that the first chapter has all the info you'd need, in case you don't make it past that. It has short chapters, it's interesting.
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Study or learning tips

I had a class last fall where the professor gave out a couple of readings on study skills and they helped me a lot.
If you really want to learn about something here is a good tip that helps you remember. I did not have to really cram for exams at all after I started doing this.
When you read a paragraph, try to write a one or two sentences in the margin in your own words that contain the main idea of the paragraph. It may take a little longer to read the book, but you won't have to re-read. All you would have to do to refresh yourself is to flip through the chapter and read the sentences you wrote in your own words.
I had an economics class where I used mind maps. Start at a main idea in a box on a piece of paper and try to connect all the other ideas in the chapter (or book depending on how you want to do it) first to the main idea, and then connect them to eachother.(Does this make sense?)
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