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Should I bring up the possibility of dyslexia to my doctor?

Asked by PriceisRightx26 (267 points ) May 21st, 2014

So, I don’t have a lot of understanding when it comes to dyslexia or ADHD (which I’ll mention at some point in this), except the basics: difficulty with words, and difficulty with focus. Which makes me feel a little silly asking this, because I’m an avid reader, and proficient in writing. But, as I said, I’m not that familiar, so maybe there are different types of the disorder?
Anywho, I ask because I’ve noticed over the years that I some times skip words or read/write them out of order. With that, I also tend to reread things often. It’s especially bad with textbooks/articles—things that are heavy-information dense. I’m not sure if that’s a focus thing or just a reading comprehension issue. Maybe both? I’ve had a couple friends suggest that I get tested for ADHD. Again, something I’m not that familiar with, but I thought the general association was with high energy people and I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself to be high energy. Again, I’m not sure if there are various levels to this or not. I’m capable of sitting for hours and thinking; thoughts are endless. But I find it hard to sit in a classroom or through things like orientation. On top of that, there are times where I can be in the middle of speaking and I lose my train of thought mid-sentence. There are also times when I can be having a conversation and suddenly it’s like I’m listening through water, or glass; I can see them talking and hear mumbling, but I can’t actually focus on what they’re saying. And I’m a terrible, terrible, procrastinator (not sure if that may be a symptom or just a bad habit) and I fidget quite a bit. There are other little things that tend to raise flags to me, but I’ve rambled enough here, haha.
I’ve taken some online quizzes for both, and scored moderate to high, but I also realize that they aren’t diagnosing tools (I just needed a place to start). And then I thought I’d ask here, and hope that I could get some more realistic viewpoints (be straight forward and honest, please) and if I should in fact discuss it with my doctor, or if I’m just overreacting. I just feel like my mind is all over the place anymore, and I’m getting into 300 and 400 level science classes and I /realllyyyy/ need to not screw up my GPA anymore than I already have.
Hope I haven’t stepped on any toes.
Happy to answer more questions, if need be.
Thank you for reading this far.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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