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Old 10-24-07, 02:34 AM
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

before being diagnosed ADD, i would read books in the fastest times. then re-read the same book 4 more times or so. i always had the general idea but noticed each time i read the book, i grasped on to some new info i hadnt noticed the first time. i just thought i was super enjoying a fave book over and over LOL

i agree with above to just skim to what interests you. maybe mark it so if wanna re-read it you can find it again to go over.
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

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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.
Hey, you named it exactly as I have it.

I find that at times I just cant put a book down, Irr read a 1300 page book in a week. the next book Ill read will take me months of hard struggleing to get through 200 pages. Reading "veronica decides to die" now, its great, just get way too distracted though. Have to continuely re-read everything.
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

In 12th grade we once got this text which was actually meant for 13 year olds. Everyone was laughing at how simple it was written, but I was actually relieved that I could finally read something with little effort.

Someone who can relate to this?
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

I have a book on ADD and ADHD

I still have not even read the first page.


cliff notes anyone?
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

I love reading but have a hard time doing it as much as I would like because I do get bored easily, struggle to find the right book, etc. I have found setting a specific time and making that a routine helps me read regularly. For example, 30 minutes before bedtime as a way to unwind and sleep better. Also, make sure you have a comfortable area free from as much distraction as possible, and keep your book(s) there so you don't lose them
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

I read a bunch of books at once and jump around when I get bored.
I love to read in the tub because it's the one place I don't get distracted.

I picked up Women with Attention Deficit Disorder Wednesday night and have been flying through that one faster than anything I've read in a long time. It's actually the only one I've been reading this week. Lol.
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

I'm surprised no one mentioned this, but both Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction are available in audio format, for those of us who struggle to get past the first paragraph whenever we pick up a book. There are also both abridged (shortened) and unabridged (full) versions depending on your level of interest/attention span. I "read" both of them this way. I'm pretty sure I would have struggled with them otherwise.

A good place to buy and download them is here: http://www.learnoutloud.com

Audiobooks are my general solution until I can see if meds are any help!
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

This is a little different twist on the last suggestion. I keep a small kinda cute journal with me while I read. I outline the book as I read. I find the main idea of a paragraph and then fill in the sub-points. It does take awhile to read but I usually stay focused and when I review I really get a refresher.
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

I feel like what you just said was what every english teacher taught me in middle school, and what most of us probably should know, or remember a brief image of. Yet I nevver really got pass copying down the stuff they provided and tried much there after.
just like they tell you to highlight key points in a book-I was going to offer that because my attention is so short I don't end up writing those little notes and just put post its in pages I want to look back on. I planned in my head to write a brief word or two on the post its but I never do.
and just like they tell you to skim read, get a general idea by the first and last sentence of a paragraph, I still just won't do it, my mind gets carried away by all the other sentences and it's like I have to read every word for it to make sense, though i still dont understand it most of the time.

I've really liked you mean I'm not lazy, crazy, or stupid? it was written especially for ADD friendly reading, has weird pictures, and my personal favorite is checking the index, lol i end up highlighting what I want too because i'll keep forgetting that I was interested in like 3 different thigns in the index and never come back or remember what I was interested in to begin with. -pf even if I do highlight I still forget and I don't know why I even read sometimes i'll reread a sentence i've highlighted like it was total new news for me and look at it like, wtf i already read this and none of this crap sinks in ever. But I like this one cuz i can pick it up and read like a page that happens to be what i'm thinking about at the moment and that settles down the answer or stimulates me for the moment.
Somehow though, when i say i dont remember, i just cant think of it when I want to, as well as not remembering details but just somewhere in my mind it makes sense but its not able to be expressed in words or even written on paper soon enough. A lot of my memory bounces off external stimuli or just like a word someone says can bring me to recall it and it's all off topic, (that doesn't mean i say it tho, lol but I think this is why we go off topic like that)-- crap i'm so off topic right now haha
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

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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.
Buy the audio version of the book you are interested? It has worked well for me to buy the books I'm interested in on iTunes or Audible.com and listen to on my iPhone of on my Mac. You can't find all books there. You could always follow up reading the hard back?

Reading is really hard for me most of the time. I have spurts where I can focus and I can go through a couple of books. But this is rare. Like many here, it's not uncommon for me to have to read a book multiple times. If I *REALLY* need to read AND have it sink in, then I'll take notes or outline the material while I'm reading.

The book "Deliverd from Distraction" by Hallowell is a good ADHD read. As others have noted, the author has ADHD and wrote the first chapter for those of us who have a hard time getting deep into books.

Aaargh, this is a tough issue with me and a lot of us.
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Re: Reading tips anyone?

I have read parts of both Delivered From Distraction and Women With Attention Deficit Disorder and I generally get through them because I read the chapters that are most pertinent to the information that I need at the time.

I am also one to read anywhere from 3-5 books at a time, that way I'm covered no matter what mood I'm in when I sit down to read. I generally like to read mystery or suspense, even horror books because they keep me interested with guessing and trying to figure out the clues. Books with too much description or wordiness, although mostly of better quality, are really hard for me to read because I get bored with the details. I end up skipping over them and thus loosing the gist of the story.

Thankfully I'm so overwhelmed with trying to make my classroom successful, I don't have to worry about finding books that interest me.

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Re: Reading tips anyone?

Grab an ADDerall, Do not think about how hard is going to be for you reading a book, Open the book a start reading.

You should never feel obliged of reading a damned book. No one is going to judge you. I use to procrastinate a lot reading a book or even an article in the newspaper! I was denying like crazy to read a book mainly because of my ADD and my attention span. After a few tries I realized that the thoughts that I have prior to reading are merely creation of my imagination, reinforced from passed experience.

Some times we need to do staff without spending much time thinking about them. Get in a bookstore. Buy the ADD book you are most interested in. And open it as soon as you sit somewhere! Thats what I did and that's how I manage to read Driven to Distraction which by the way has helped me organize my life a little bit further.

I hope my experience help some of you guys and girls.

All my best to everyone who is struggling with ADD. I was diagnosed 4 months ago.. at the age of 22... Its never to late! I moved here from Greece, where they have no idea about ADD...... I was considered stubborn........ lazy........ you know... Oh my... I jumped to another chapter again..!! hahah

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Get audio books and listen to them in your car or on your commute. You can check out audio books from most public libraries for free. There are some ADD audio books.
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