I Can’t Read.

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That’s an odd title for this blog post, proclaiming that I can’t read. Because obviously I can read, I wouldn’t be able to type this if I couldn’t. So let me better explain. I can read but reading is extremely difficult, always has been. Unless you give me something that really captures my interest and give me a few hours of uninterrupted total silence, reading is a near impossible feat.

It’s odd, however, once I get started reading something, it’s nearly impossible to pull me away from it. My friends and family have had entire conversations with me where I had no idea what they were saying because I was so engrossed in whatever it is I am reading. This phenomenon is known as hyperfocus, something that is often not discussed with ADHD. I become so engrossed in whatever it is that I am reading, I lose track of the world around me. I have gone hours without moving, just staring at a book, without stopping for any breaks. More information about ADHD and hyperfocus can be found here.

This talent more or less in recent years has begun to diminish. It’s more the issue of finding the time to start the book than it is to be able to focus on it. With the advancements in technology, my phone or my laptop are usually calling to my attention than my books. And also, when I was younger, I didn’t have access to the information that the internet offers us today, I learned everything by reading. But now, I can find out facts, figures, and stories with a click of a button, usually in a more easy to read and shorter format. With this, I don’t fall into the hyperfocused trap that pulls me away from the world. So when people ask me to read something that is longer than a few paragraphs, I usually just tell them that “I can’t read” because it’s easier than explaining why reading is so difficult for me.

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Introduction.

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My name is Ashley Becan and I am 21 years old. I am in my fourth year of college but my first year at Texas State University. I am a Public Relations major and am hoping to become a publicist when I graduate. My blog topic is going to be something that is very personal to me, considering that I actually have it. When I was 18 years old, I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder that approximately 3 million people have been diagnosed with. I chose this particular topic because since I was officially diagnosed, I have done my best to research everything I can about it. I hope to be able to better explain ADHD to people and remove some of the stigma surrounding it. I also plan to explain the different types of ADHD and how they differ in males vs. females. I hope that through highlighting my daily struggles with living with ADHD, people get a better understanding about what it is.

My intended audience is pretty much everyone. I hope to be able to help those who have been diagnosed know that they aren’t alone. To explain to those that don’t have it what it’s like to live with it. And maybe provide some insight for people who think they might have it but have never been checked. I plan to use Twitter, YouTube, and online medical journals to help me with my explanations and to get my blog out there.

Clink here to learn more about ADHD.