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Difficulty comprehending fiction literature - June 3rd 2012, 12:27 AM

I am not entirely sure if this belongs here, but it seems like it could be a mental health issue.

Recently, I have been having trouble comprehending any fiction that I read. It seems that I cannot focus, or even if I do, I cannot follow the story line. For example, the other day, I had believed a bird had been talking in a book I was reading. While I was somewhat perplexed by this, I wasn't really put off by it, as I wasn't entirely sure what the story was about yet. However, I came to realize that the thing talking was a human.

It seems I cannot focus, or understand what I read. This happens with non-fiction, too, but it seems to be more with fiction, recently. I don't know what to do. Help?

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Re: Difficulty comprehending fiction literature - June 4th 2012, 08:00 PM

There could be a lot of things causing this to happen. One would be that there's a neurological condition of some sort, which is affecting the brain's ability to properly comprehend the literature you're reading. You would want to see your regular doctor and ask for a referral to a neurologist in order to rule that possibility out. Another possibility would be that you're beginning to develop a mental disorder of some kind, but unfortunately, we can't diagnose you here, so you would have to receive a referral to a psychologist or other psychological professional. Difficulty comprehending literature could be linked to a learning disability (though it would be strange for one to develop at this point in your life), or it could be linked to a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia (which is rare, but can begin to develop for individuals around your age), or it could be a result of something else entirely (such as drug use).

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