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Trouble Reading. - October 26th 2014, 01:52 PM

I was trying to read one of the books from the Series of Unfortunate Events yesterday and the frustrating thing is, I cannot finish it, I couldn't finish the first page out of frustration. Every time I try read, I get distracted by the words on the other side of the page that has already been turned over, or the shadows of the pages and my fingers and it means I have trouble concentrating on the words as I see them.

It feels like I am not looking at the words properly and this also means skipping words and saying them completely wrong sometimes. I think it might have something to do with my brain, the fact that I have literally forgotten to read. Has anyone got the same issues and has anyone got any advice for me or anything?

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Re: Trouble Reading. - October 26th 2014, 09:40 PM

Hi Hamed!

Has this just started happening recently, or has it always been this way?

If itís always been this way, it may be a case of an eyesight issue or learning difficulty. It may be best to contact your optician for an eye test, or your schools student services and describe the difficulty you have and they could test you for learning difficulties.

If itís only just started happening, it may be depression (if you have other symptoms of depression too). This happened to me recently and I struggled to read or write essays for university. When we are depressed it can be a lot harder to try to concentrate, and so you may be easily distracted.

It may be best to give yourself a break from reading, until you find it easier to concentrate. Perhaps you could relax yourself first. Turn off any distractions, sit in a nice chair, and remind yourself you are reading for pleasure, and there is no pressure to finish a certain amount.

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Re: Trouble Reading. - October 28th 2014, 03:49 AM

Hi There,

I believe this could be caused by a few different things. This could be caused by depression or another mental disorder, it could be a symptom. Or this could be a learning disability. How long has this been occurring? I believe you should talk to your parents about this and visit your doctor so that you can explain things and they can figure out what tests to do to determine what is going on here. Try to remind yourself when you are reading that you do not have to rush, especially if you are reading for fun. IF you are reading for a class in school, you could tell your teachers about what you are experiencing and they may have suggestions for you.
Hope this helps and that things improve for you soon.
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Re: Trouble Reading. - October 28th 2014, 02:51 PM

Hey there,

I personally think that the best idea would be to just go to a doctor or an optician to have it checked out. If it's an eyesight issue, trying again and again will only strain your eyes and make it worse. Try to relax and fit in a trip to a professional.

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Re: Trouble Reading. - November 8th 2014, 03:22 AM

I had a problem similar to this as a child, but i grew out of it. Although I've never heard of developing dyslexia in your teen years, there's no reason it isn't impossible. talk to a doctor about this, and possibly make an appointment to get your eyes tested.

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Re: Trouble Reading. - November 8th 2014, 05:02 AM

Sounds more like mild autism to me. Perhaps something is stressing you out (other than the book), causing sensory overload? This happens to me too. I find that it helps to read in a quiet place with low lighting that isn't of the florescent type and a radio on in between stations as a white noise maker. Perhaps you could try this?

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