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“Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus”

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This December 5, 2013 article on the KQED Mind /Shift: How we Learn website talks about the bittersweetness of technology in relation to the ability of students to focus on whatever task they are needing to focus on.  There is nothing in the article about mental illness, but I found it interesting, because I have ADHD and have always had a very tough time focusing long enough to carry out what I want or need to.  I’m also drawn to technology like a fly to poo, and over the past few years have wondered if my passion for technology is something that is helping or hindering my ability to focus.  I do know that I’m more likely to read an entire book on my Kindle then I am to finish reading a bound hard/soft cover book, but then my particular kindle is an older one designed just for reading, so when I’m using it, there aren’t a ton of things on it to pull my focus off the book.  If I try to read the same kindle book on my pc using the kindle app I find that I’m more likely to end up wandering into another window to check something else or look-up something I have a question about and from there I might make it bake to the e-book.  In my case though I don’t know how much of the focus issue I have is technology and how much is ADHD.  What I do know though is that it gets to be really frustrating for me to try staying on task with anything for more than about 20 minutes after about 20 minutes, my mind is off and dragging me to something else, which likely explains why I have so many unfinished tasks in progress around the house.  At any rate the article was one that I found very interesting, as someone who has struggled to focus on things since before the days when everyone seemed to have some sort of computerized piece of technology either in their pocket or on their desk.

 

“‘OpenDyslexic,’ Free Font, Helps People With Dyslexia Read Online”

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** Updated link …. http://dyslexicfonts.com/  The Huffington Post site has reported having technical problems because of power issues related to Sandy, the article link may or may not work on October 30, 2012, but the updated link will take you directly to the site with information about the font ***

This October 7, 2012 article on the Huffington Post Tech site, talks about an open source font that is designed to help folks with Dyslexia read better online.  The article includes a sample of the font, and links to where you can get the font.

I do realize that this isn’t specifically a mental health issue, but I also know that sometimes something as simple as enabling someone to do something many take for granted can be a huge boost to their self-esteem, which can benefit their journey on the road to recovery from mental illness.  So, in this case it’s safe to say it is an indirect connection.

“Book review: ‘Monkey Mind’ a dark but funny memoir about living with anxiety”

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This July 8, 2012 article found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about a book about what living with anxiety is like.  I haven’t read it, but it does seem intriguing especially with it having “Monkey Mind” in the title definitely caught my attention 🙂

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English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade...

English: Stack of books in Gould’s Book Arcade, Newtown, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Perfect Hobby? Reading books Is Fun, Cheap and Good for You”

This article discusses the variety of benefits that come from reading books, and has a focus on traditional bound books, as opposed to ebooks.

For myself though, I do have a kindle, and I love it!  The initial cost was a little high, but with a battery that is usable for roughly a month between charges, depending on how much I use it or if I read text or listen to audio books.  I do find that there are tons of free or low-cost books available for it.  I also find that I’m more apt to read a book on my Kindle then I would be to go browsing bookshelves looking for a book to read.  Considering I have ADHD and Anxiety disorder, I find that online shopping is more efficient for me but everyone has their own take on that, buying or finding ebooks is fun to me, but then I’m also a gadget junkie so that might be a reason as well.

Going back to the traditional bound books though, I do know that it can be very affordable, especially if you check out used book stores, or even better your local library,  Other places to find books inexpensively could be yard sales, book exchanges, flea markets, and I’m sure there is place I haven’t thought of.  But there are lots of fringe benefits to reading, so check it out and maybe you’ll find out you’ve gained an opportunity to grow a bit 🙂

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