Ive been reading a lot lately and it’s been exceptionally hard to focus on it for long periods of time. I was diagnosed with ADHD in addition to sza, and i think the two are working together against my attention span. Does anybody have tips for how to focus better on reading? Are there any otc products that help?
I may need to take medicine for ADHD, which my prescriber recommended to me, but id rather not if i can find a way to manage it without prescription drugs.
Yea I take it almost everyday. I read it lowers triglycerides and bad cholesterol too. Did you ask your Dr for ADHD meds? They are of course more effective than fishoil but Ritalin and Adderall may worsen psychosis.
When I began to read after my first hospitalization, which was 6 months long, adolescent ward, I began to read to improve my concentration. I read a Ray Bradbury short story a night, which was almost always ten pages long. I purposely limited myself so I wouldn’t overdo it and not do it the next night. I dreamed of the day I would be able to read for hours and hours and get lost in it. I never was able to do that but once or twice, though I’ve read 10,000 hours in 35 years, and I’m happy to just read ten pages at a time when I read. I don’t count the pages until I reach a point I feel full and look back. I go easy on myself. My intention was always to preserve my sanity. I have gotten lost in other intellectual activities.
Yeah, I wouldn’t go on stimulants if your experiencing voices. Also, I’m no psychiatrist, but your adhd might actually just be your inability to concentrate due to sz and not adhd. I think most of us with sz get diagnosed with depression and adhd because of concentration issues early on in the prodome.
That sort of helps sometimes but not as much as whispering. It just gets annoying when I have to talk to myself just to understand the words that are in front of me. Im fortunately still making progress on my reading but it’s a lot of work.
The book im reading is called Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari