Reading with ADD – Tip o the day 254

I love reading.  But do I have dyslexia, which often accompanies ADD or ADHD?  In general I don’t have a reading problem – maybe.  I do reverse numbers all the time, rarely letters.  I read fast, have no patience to slow down, want to see what’s coming next.  Problem is, I don’t remember much of what I read.  If I want to learn or remember something, the strategy is to slow down some, and to stop every page or so, and ask myself what I just read.

If I am studying, really reading to learn, there is another powerful strategy, discussed at length in the book, and other minor strategies..

Here’s a good blog from Sarah on reading, and on studying.  It prompted this blog, and has some good strategies I did not have in the book.

sarah’s blog clik here

my previous blog 158 on reading clik here


About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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5 Responses to Reading with ADD – Tip o the day 254

  1. interesting. i also had the lazy eye! can’t see 3 d, except occsasionally (another story).could that have any link to the add???
    do you have any thought about the e book vs real book issue?
    i apppreciate your comments. thank you


    • Anonymous says:

      The honest truth is, I haven’t read your book. But I am not apt to buy the ebook because I would never read it in that format. When they first came out, I was temporarily delighted, because it was so convenient, so immediate. But after the download, there wasn’t any thing. Apparently, I need a book to be a thing, in the material world. I got my daughter a Kindle, because her frugal nature was interfering with her reading (we learned not to use libraries when the fines on one book reached $224). We do use it sometimes, but a real live book with actual pages is way more satisfying. I don’t think that’s about ADD though, because I know other people with standard issue brains who also prefer their books the old fashioned way.


  2. Betsy Davenport, PhD says:

    As a child, I was found to have a reading problem in about the fifth grade. This was news to me, as I had been an early and competent reader. Well, they said it was a reading comprehension problem. But that wasn’t right, either, since I comprehended what I read just fine. If I had had the vocabulary for it, I’d have told them it was a reading retention problem, because, like you, I didn’t remember what I read. I was given special tutoring by some whiz doing research at Princeton University, and have no idea if it helped. I do know that glasses helped, because I had a “lazy” eye, and a smart doctor told me it was possible my brain was only getting half the information fot its file, or all the information half as well. That resonated. The ADD diagnosis in my forties resonated, too. I think speed reading experts maintain their methods help a person to absorb and remember what they read. So much for slowing down. Like everything else, if I’m interested in it, I remember it.


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