I think for as long as I can remember I've had learning difficulties
but I don't know if it was an actual learning disability.
What do you think?
Whenever I try to learn something new I cannot understand anything about the subject unless I can go back through the book to gage the other topics in the table of contents and see how they all relate with one another to create the big picture.
I do that in order to piece together a picture of what is the structure of the subject (that is what I call it). I have to piece together the structure of a subject before I can begin to study it. In other words I need to see the big picture, structure, of something or else I can't understand the little parts of a subject and how they work within the subject as a whole. Therefore I can't understand anything I read (it's like the teacher from the snoopy cartoons "Wah wah wah wah" I can't understand it). Explaining it sounds complicated and nobody really understands how my brain works. It's as if my brain has to work harder to understand what normal people get in an instant.
I look for the structure of something before I can understand the function of something, those are the words I come up with to describe my problem. And it takes me twice as long to learn than others and people think I'm stupid cause it takes me a long time to understand something unless I can see the big and whole picture of the subject I am studying, beforehand. Then I can make connections between different subjects and how they interrelate, correlate and connect with one another (sometimes in my head to form new dynamics and concepts because I can see things from different, varied, and new perspectives like I'm looking down from the very top and can see the whole and how each little part works within it, structure & function of a subject).
Without being able to see the whole picture before I study is like feeling blind because I cannot understand anything I see, read or hear. I have no mental compass and everything in my head is jibberish because it cannot be categorized in the big picture and what it's function is within the whole if I cannot find or understand what the big picture is in the first place, before I study. So where people usually take two steps forward I have to run a marathon just to be able to learn what everyone else does.
Anyone else have this problem?
Is this a learning disability and if so what kind?
- Asked by Female, 29-35