Is it normal to be unable to read?

I used to read so much, all the time, and I have A* in English, but when I turned 17 I was diagnosed with ADHD and I slowly became unable to concentrate on reading. Now I don't read at all, and I have to use my finger on the page to focus myself on the words and I still struggle to remember the sentence I literally just read. Getting through a chapter is impossible, never mind a whole book...is this normal? I'm 18 by the way. And, like I say, I never used to have any issues with reading until my ADHD developed.

Is It Normal?
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  • You could be just psyching yourself out. you don't suddenly start getting symptoms of ADHD once you are diagnosed, you have symptoms for years before that. Or maybe you've been misdiagnosed. Either way, sounds like you need educational therapy and badly.

    I've been ADHD my whole life, I was diagnosed at 12 but my reading didn't suddenly go downhill when I was diagnosed. I've always had dyslexia and I don't know if it's related to the ADHD, but I found ways around it to read. I can read pretty well now and math (while it is challenging) I can do well at, too.

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    • My symptoms of ADHD were masked by my severe anxiety and my autistic traits and that's why it took so long to get a diagnosis. I've had symptoms all of my life but they were perceived to be something else until a psychiatrist realised that my illness had been hidden by my other conditions

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      • If the things that you listed are the ONLY things that are wrong with you, then there isn't any reason for you to suddenly stop reading other than a lack of Interest.

        It may be something else wrong that you aren't aware of, go get tested again.

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  • While I'm not unable to read, I've often found that I have to keep re-reading the same sentence dozens of times until it has finally sunk in, and I haven't always been like this. For that reason, I don't enjoy reading.

    See a therapist if you can. It should help.

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  • I think you have ALS or some incurable disease. You should just go and become a recluse in some cave somewhere and just wait it out.

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