I don't process things quickly compared to other people. Why?
April 23, 2014 4:58 PM Subscribe
I've never been able to learn new things or process instructions as quickly as most other people. I also have terrible coordination and motor skills. Although I used to be very self-conscious about this - and sometimes still am - I've come to more or less accept this aspect of myself, and am at peace with the fact that I'll never be able to think on-the-fly as quickly as some of my friends. I am, however, intrigued as to why
I have such a difficult time wrapping my head around things that most other people I am around seem to grasp with ease. I have been diagnosed with inattentive ADD, and am wondering what else could be the reason behind my processing difficulties as I would like to do some research. Examples and details inside.
posted by CottonCandyCapers to Science & Nature (22 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
I think that my main problems concern learning through visual and verbal instructions. I never got too much out of lectures. I could watch a video or listen to someone explain how to do something ten times and I still might not be able to do it myself. Reading usually does the trick, but I learn best by doing something on my own correctly (I often do things incorrectly many times until it 'clicks').
If I have time, I can usually come up with an answer that is on par with or better than what most other people might come up with. But on-the-spot thinking eludes me, and I often freeze up and panic because I can't figure out something that is apparently obvious to everyone else in the room. After I've tried something new and I am still not doing it right while others have figured it out, I get into my head and start thinking "why am I not getting this" which of course just makes things worse. For this reason, team sports never went too well for me; basketball, for example, is just too much for me to process all at once. If a task is new, even if it`s simple, I often have to break it down and learn each motion piece-by-piece whereas my friends are able to process it at first or second glance as a whole. Driving is also difficult for me, particularly when dealing with traffic stops and intersections.
My brother has been diagnosed with Aspergers, and both my father and I have ADD. I wonder how much my ADD has to do with my issues, although I am certainly trying to concentrate when I am attempting to learn something. I've also read that it might have something to do with my working and spatial memory. Besides the ADD, I've never been diagnosed with a learning disability, but I suspect I have one. However, I have a high IQ and can cram for a test (plus finish it quickly and ace it) better than anyone I know, which confuses the heck out of me considering the fact that I have such a hard time learning new things in other situations.
I'm not trying to beat myself up; on the contrary, I've for the most part come to appreciate my brain's uniqueness. But I can't be the only one out there with these kinds of learning disabilities. I'm hoping to hear from both people who might have a greater grasp on the inner workings of the brain than I do, as well as kindred spirits who have struggled with something similar to what I am describing. I'd love to learn more about what I could possibly have, as I would like to do some research. Could the ADD explain this? Might it be something else? Even a suggestion on what kind of specialist to see to get myself tested for whatever I might have would be appreciated. I don't need to hear anything on how to improve my deficiencies, as I've already tried; it seems as if my brain thinks that it's just peachy the way it is.
Thanks. If any more information might be necessary, just let me know.