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    Anyone else suffer from serious learning/listening deficits? How to solve it?

    I've been tested and apparently I don't have ADHD but I do show signs of hyperactivity which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

    Anyway, the issue I suffer from is that ever since I was young, I've had extreme difficulties paying attention particularly to verbal information. I tend to daydream and zone out but even when I attempt to pay attention, I miss a whole lot of what I'm supposed to hear. It's bad enough to be damaging to my social interactions. Does anyone else have this issue? How did you overcome it, if you did?

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    Quote Originally Posted by firemonkey View Post
    Nope, that description doesn't sound like me. I understand words perfectly fine. I just have a lot of difficulty with verbal information. I get insanely bored very fast and am absent minded af.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Censored View Post
    Nope, that description doesn't sound like me. I understand words perfectly fine. I just have a lot of difficulty with verbal information. I get insanely bored very fast and am absent minded af.
    I can relate to that. I am not good at taking in verbal instruction/info. Especially if it’s something practical or multi step things I have to then repeat. I find book learning far easier and am much better at learning by working through a manual than watching and copying. I had awful concentration aged 5-12 which improved a lot as I reached puberty. I also have disgraphia which means I have hand writing like a 6 year old and poor spelling. My memory is an odd mix of good and bad. It was probably due to premature birth - I wasn’t expected to survive! However I found ways found that and got a degree. Luckily the computer age arrived in earnest when I was at uni (just in time) and do my hand writing was not such an issue. As a kid I think I was thought of as bright (b good analytical skills) but lazy which wasn’t the case. I do still have a tendency to zone out in convos but I think I get away with it as eccentricity! The male brain doesn’t fully mature till late 20s.
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    I much prefer instructions written down than spoken to me. My handwriting at prep school was so bad I had to have handwriting lessons at 11-12 years old . Now I think my handwriting is legible ,but crudely formed. I'm a slow writer. If I try to write fast my handwriting significantly deteriorates.
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    Maybe it's some sort of an issue of subconscious lack of motivation?

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    I get what you mean, listening to lectures at 2x usually keeps my mind from getting lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oz View Post
    Maybe it's some sort of an issue of subconscious lack of motivation?
    Most certainly, that's part of it. Maybe even the main issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandoos View Post
    I get what you mean, listening to lectures at 2x usually keeps my mind from getting lost.
    How old are you?
    I have to attend class physically

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    Quote Originally Posted by firemonkey View Post
    I much prefer instructions written down than spoken to me. My handwriting at prep school was so bad I had to have handwriting lessons at 11-12 years old . Now I think my handwriting is legible ,but crudely formed. I'm a slow writer. If I try to write fast my handwriting significantly deteriorates.
    This is fairly common, if I'm writing at a normal pace my writing is clear and neat, when I have to write quickly it can either go in the direction of somewhat italicized and cursive or completely bonkers and almost impossible to read lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by oz View Post
    Maybe it's some sort of an issue of subconscious lack of motivation?
    I find if I'm not feeling "it", my ability to pay attention and focus on the task at hand goes right out the door. I find that always happens if I've been focused on one topic for too long without a break. 2hr+ lectures can be mind-numbing.

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