Friday, March 4, 2011

Why I don't read as much as I used to

I used to read a lot of books.  As I posted earlier, I get extremely vivid images when I read. Unfortunately, it means I become totally immersed in what I am reading and lose all track of time. Basically, I go into what's called hyperfocus. It's not something that one usually thinks of when considering various aspects of ADHD, but it's a very real one.

It's not a voluntary state to be in but it can be extremely useful. It's how I got through exams and tests as a student, and why I wouldn't have needed any special consideration even if I had been diagnosed earlier.

There are some problems with it, though. For one, I'm unaware of anything going on around me. I hope I won't be the kind of person who doesn't notice that their house is on fire, but there's no guarantee.

The problem with it not being entirely voluntary is that I can't always get at it when I want to. Like right now. I've spent about 20mins on this post, but I keep getting distracted by everything going on around me so I've totally forgotten where I was going with it. Again.

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