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Dr. Jonathan Levin
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Reading Difficulty (Overview)

There are many forms of reading difficulty. A somewhat well-known one is dyslexia. In this form the reader mentally flips letters around thereby making reading difficult. Another reading difficulty is about comprehension. A person may be able to read words but not understand their meaning well. A reading specialist at a school district or college can diagnose and guide. Peace and good health


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Difficulty reading and concentrating as adult! add?

Difficulty reading and concentrating as adult! add?

Adult add: People don't develop add as adults. It should be present from childhood. Symptoms of add could be due to multiple causes including: sleep disorder as apnea, medication side effects, depression, anxiety, neurologic condition. Have an evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Jonathan Levin
14 doctors shared insights

Reading Difficulty (Overview)

There are many forms of reading difficulty. A somewhat well-known one is dyslexia. In this form the reader mentally flips letters around thereby making reading difficult. Another reading difficulty is about comprehension. A person may be able to read words but not understand their meaning well. A reading specialist at a school district or college can diagnose and guide. Peace and good health


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Difficulty reading lots of text without sore eyes. Drops?

Difficulty reading lots of text without sore eyes. Drops?

Dry eyes: Most likely you are getting dry eyes. When we read, we stare and do not blink as often. Our tears will evaporate and unless we blink and flush new tears over our eyes, they will get very dry. Try using over the counter artificial tears. Main difference is how thick or thin they are. If tears still do not help, you may need to see and eye doctor to see about other treatment options. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking?

What causes difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking?

Many possibilities: This cluster of symptoms can arise from many different types of diseases. I strongly recommend you see your primary care provider for further evaluation of this symptom cluster. ...Read more

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Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Either!: Skill and speed at reading certainly depends on practice! Every improves with practice, even with learning disorders. However if you have a learning disorder, see a specialist to find out what kind, then you can be given effective methods to make learning easier. When trying to read faster, pick a subject that you like! It is often easier to get more enjoyment from non-fiction/jokes first ...Read more

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Having difficulty reading. 7 years old?

Having difficulty reading. 7 years old?

Glasses?: A seven-year-old who has trouble reading might just need glasses. Get him/her evaluated by a good eye doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficulty staying asleep, difficulty ...

I am experiencing  difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficulty staying asleep, difficulty ...

Sleep hygiene.: Turn off TV 2 hrs before bedtime. Keep a sleep journal, Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Meditation, prayer, massage therapy, aroma therapy and progressive relaxation. I would refer you to the book, "The Relaxation Response " by Herbert Benson, M.D. ...Read more

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I am experiencing balance problems, memory problems (quality: difficulty remembering recent events) , difficulty focusing, fatigue, appetite chang...

I am experiencing  balance problems, memory problems (quality: difficulty remembering recent events) , difficulty focusing, fatigue, appetite chang...

Major Depression: You are a Precious Human Being! You were born with Wonder of Life Force, giving you Breath of Life; due to which you have lived for 17 years. Likely, it is Depression due to a major traumatic experience. Alcohol and Drug use can make these symptoms worse. Please see a Psychiatrist for •Diagnosis •Therapy for stresses of life •Neurological consultation for balance and memory problems •Medication ...Read more

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Sudden onset of repeating oneself, difficulty writing> due to fine motor skills?

Sudden onset of repeating oneself, difficulty writing>  due to fine motor skills?

Writer's cramp: No single treatment strategy is appropriate for every case of writer's cramp. One of the most effective methods is adapting tasks to try to avoid triggering the dystonic movements--this may involve occupational therapy or using assistive/adapted devices. ...Read more

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I'm having difficulty focusing my eyes/concentrating with depression. Any help?

I'm having difficulty focusing my eyes/concentrating with depression. Any help?

Get Help: If you have not already done so, please seek out a good physical evaluation to check out your symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty focusing?

What causes difficulty focusing?

Many causes: There are many possible causes for difficulty focusing. Without knowing more details, the list of possible causes is very lengthy. I recommend that you see a professional for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Difficulty reading lots of text without sore eyes. Drops?

Dry eyes: Most likely you are getting dry eyes. When we read, we stare and do not blink as often. Our tears will evaporate and unless we blink and flush new tears over our eyes, they will get very dry. Try using over the counter artificial tears. Main difference is how thick or thin they are. If tears still do not help, you may need to see and eye doctor to see about other treatment options. ...Read more

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Having much difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking and movement. Whats going on?

Get checked: Are those new sx or something you've experienced before? These sx are indicative of many ailments. You might want to consider seeing your primary care provider for a complete work up to rule out any medical causes. Once you know what's happening one way or the other, you might want to see a health psychologist to help you cope either with these sx or medical illness (if found). ...Read more

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Blurry vision, difficulty focusing, high prolactin. Are these related?

Blurry vision, difficulty focusing, high prolactin. Are these related?

Many possible causes: First question to ask is "why is the prolactin high?" and "how high is it?" a pituitary tumor can cause high prolactin but so are other things including: hypothyroidism, pregnancy, kidney disease...It would be a good idea to sit down with the doctor who ordered the above test to discuss the next step of workup. You need to systematically work this up. ...Read more

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I am experiencing memory problems (quality: difficulty remember distant past events, difficulty remembering recent events) , delusions, fatigue, difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficult to wake,

I am experiencing  memory problems (quality: difficulty remember distant past events, difficulty remembering recent events) , delusions, fatigue, difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) (quality: difficult to wake,

See a Dr for eval!: Depending on so many things, this could be a set of reactions to things going very wrong that you can learn to change (in serious psychotherapy w/ hard work) or a situation that needs that plus medication, even a hospital stay. Have an eval ASAP by a really skilled pro. The difference matters! Don't wait - it's easier to resolve ASAP. There is help - find it. Best. ...Read more

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Trouble concentrating when sleepy/finals coming up?

Trouble concentrating when sleepy/finals coming up?

Breaks: Take breaks- get up and walk around to shake the drowsiness. Also, be sure you are getting enough sleep at night. ...Read more

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I'm using glasses (3.00) for reading since last 7 years.. Has any treatment discovered to get rid of glasses?

I'm using glasses (3.00) for reading since last 7 years..
Has any treatment discovered to get rid of glasses?

Not yet: There has been much progress with near-sightedness but not presbyopia requiring reading glasses. However in case you have cataract ripe for surgery, the replacement lens can provide both far and near distance correction. ...Read more

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Having much does boredom cause difficulty focusing, slow thinking?

Having much does boredom cause difficulty focusing, slow thinking?

A lot: There is no question that boring, repetitious tasks can affect attention and focus. Understimulation is probably as bad as overstimulation in terms of staying on task. As for slowed thinking, a boring task often requires little mental effort, so that may get diverted to other thoughts and activities, resulting in slow response if the task suddenly demands attention for some reason. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty focusing, lightheadedness (worsened by: prolonged standing) , difficulty concentrating, finger tingling and shaking h...

I am experiencing  difficulty focusing, lightheadedness (worsened by: prolonged standing) , difficulty concentrating, finger tingling and shaking h...

Anxiety: It sounds as if you are having episodes of anxiety. Would suggest that you see a physician ,have a good examination and the necessary blood work to exclude any physical abnormality and if everything is normal then you will be able to deal with the issue of anxiety ...Read more

Dr. Jonathan Levin
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Difficulty Reading (Definition)

Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Also called specific reading disability, dyslexia is a common learning ...Read more