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24 Apr 2010, 1:32 pm

For me I would say it's a sign of ADD. But the more I have been reading about Asperger's and the fact that I have Dyslexia. I'm ruling out the ADD that would make me not want to do homework. It was the Dysleixa that made that part made me not want to do it becasue it's like having a nightmare.

But sense no one ever told me about the ADD and all of the tests I had were more about my Dyslexia any ways. So yeah when reading there are times where things just get odd and I don't remember what if I just read something or not.



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20 Sep 2010, 8:11 am

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i notice that sometimes when i read a book that i start spacing out while i'm reading and i keep on reading while i'm completely spaced out, not paying attention to a single word. its like thw words go in one ear, and out the other. and then i have to go back and reread the stuff i "missed".... One time, i read an entire book and when i finished the last page, i realized that i had been spacing out since page 3! i tried to open the book at random places to convince myself that i really was paying attention and maybe i just forgot, but all the characters names and the plot and everything was new to me, as if i never read it before.... but i was turning the pages after i finished each page, so i must have been reading it right? i was laughing so hard after i realized what i did! lol Did this ever happen to any of you? or did u ever hear of such a thing happening?


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Possibilities

A type of epilepsy (such as petit mal/absence/complex partial/TLE, etc.)

A type of ADHD (such as ADHD Inattentive)

Other

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Generally speaking, epilepsy medicines can reduce seizures but the epilepsy medicines are not known to really improve the ability to pay attention.

In contrast to the epilepsy medicines, the meds for ADHD (historically the central nervous system stimulants - alerting agents) can improve the ability to pay attention a little for some users (not a cure).

Classic epilepsy is not ADHD.

Classic ADHD is not epilepsy.

The meds used to treat both neurological challenges are quite different from one another:

- Anti-seizure meds (for epilepsy)
- Stimulants - alerting agents (example: Coffee, caffeine, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, etc.) for ADHD

None of the epilepsy medicines and none of the medicines used for ADHD are cures at all.

That's my understanding.



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20 Sep 2010, 3:05 pm

bonez wrote:
i notice that sometimes when i read a book that i start spacing out while i'm reading and i keep on reading while i'm completely spaced out, not paying attention to a single word. its like thw words go in one ear, and out the other. and then i have to go back and reread the stuff i "missed".... One time, i read an entire book and when i finished the last page, i realized that i had been spacing out since page 3! i tried to open the book at random places to convince myself that i really was paying attention and maybe i just forgot, but all the characters names and the plot and everything was new to me, as if i never read it before.... but i was turning the pages after i finished each page, so i must have been reading it right? i was laughing so hard after i realized what i did! lol Did this ever happen to any of you? or did u ever hear of such a thing happening?


Holy s**t! I do that as well! I wonder if this is common? Thing is, I love reading, but I often find myself spacing out a lot. I also read at a relatively fast pace and I still space out at times when I'm reading a book (not so much articles online, for some reason).

I also sometimes find it hard to visualise what is being described. For instance, I'm currently trying to read "Do Andoriads Dream of electric Sheep" and in one of the chapters, the character does something but I have no clue why they are hearing voices and why cans are being thrown at them and if they are still at home or at their job, etc. I'm going to have to read that chapter again. I have so many books that I haven't completed because of this, ughh. It's just so much easier to focus of non-fiction, to be honest.



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20 Sep 2010, 3:27 pm

Oh I don't space out. I'm very careful to take in every single author's thought. If I think I missed something I go back and re-read the chapter.

Inability to concentrate is my problem.

Read one paragraph, play with the phone, stare in the distance while debating the philosophical implication of the previous chapter, play more with the phone, read next paragraph, realize I missed a subtext, re-read half of the previous parahraph, play with the phone, look away and think about what it all means, read, play, wonder off, read,....

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20 Sep 2010, 7:49 pm

I think spacing out happens to everyone once in a while.

I used to space out while reading a book, now I just space out while holding a book open and staring at it (while occasionally flipping the page). I don't know what's wrong with me. I never thought it'd be possible for me to outgrow reading, but I guess it is. :?