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Reading getting difficult?
    #4208223 - 05/22/05 11:35 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Recently, I'd say within the last year, I have had an incredibly hard time with reading comprehension. It's like I just read the words and don't take them in at all. I try to focus harder and it just makes things worse. This has indeed directly followed a lot of pot smoking and moderate intake of other drugs like psychedelics, DXM, Red Dawn (been a while..that one worries me and I'm done with it)

Has anyone else ever experienced this? It's not that I'm not interested in what I'm reading, but I just can't focus, ever.


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Re: Reading getting difficult? [Re: freddurgan]
    #4208257 - 05/22/05 11:43 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

DXM use screwed up my reading abilities, but it's gotten much better with a couple months' time.


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Re: Reading getting difficult? [Re: lukeboots]
    #4208336 - 05/23/05 12:05 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Visualize your eyes, not the collection of little black dots.


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Re: Reading getting difficult? [Re: signoffate]
    #4209506 - 05/23/05 11:53 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

how many books do you read a month?


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Re: Reading getting difficult? [Re: Doom]
    #4209832 - 05/23/05 02:02 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

1-2-3, more or less.

when i say vizualize, I mean that as you read a sentence dont just look at it as a collection of related words as part of a larger peice... but each word as its own universe, let the mind go and fill it with meaning.
Now if your mind is to busy trying to repair itself from too much drug use your problem might not seem to be this easy to mend.

When I smoked a lot of pot, sometimes i would try and read a book and the words on the page would fade into white, I could not concentrate my eyes on the symbols and everything would just become one blurry message.

I might suggest you do some crossword puzzles to get back some focus:)


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Re: Reading getting difficult? [Re: freddurgan]
    #4222403 - 05/26/05 02:10 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

i too have had problems with this. i had been smoking habitually, probably 2 - 3 times a day, spaced fairly evenly, for about 8 months. when i would wake up in the morning, before smoking, reading would be difficult, just as you have described. i cut back in the past month or two to only smoking at night, but this left me still unable to concentrate fully on reading in the morning through the afternoon. i have been more or less weaning myself off of cannabis, and after a most introspective [cannabis free] encounter with b+ two nights ago, i haven't smoked since. after only 2 days my reading comprehension is up very noticably. i plan on extending this hiatus indefinitely, as i am way past due for a head clearing.


thanks b+ ;p


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Re: Reading getting difficult? [Re: signoffate]
    #4225311 - 05/27/05 04:13 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

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signoffate said:
1-2-3, more or less.

when i say vizualize, I mean that as you read a sentence dont just look at it as a collection of related words as part of a larger peice... but each word as its own universe, let the mind go and fill it with meaning.
Now if your mind is to busy trying to repair itself from too much drug use your problem might not seem to be this easy to mend.

When I smoked a lot of pot, sometimes i would try and read a book and the words on the page would fade into white, I could not concentrate my eyes on the symbols and everything would just become one blurry message.

I might suggest you do some crossword puzzles to get back some focus:)




Actually this has helped. I've allowed myself to slow down while I'm reading. I've either a.) convinced myself that I used to be a fast reader and now I'm not, but really I wasn't, or b.) I've convinced myself that I AM a fast reader but I'm really not and I'm trying to fool myself.

Now that I've allowed myself to slow down and just READ what I'm reading, not FINISH what I'm reading, it's getting a lot better. I have a wierd random obsession with finishing books I start, because I rarely do.


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