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Problems reading or watching movies/TV

boudreauj4

boudreauj4

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Does anyone else have trouble reading books or watching movies/TV? I used to do a lot of both but now it has been many years since I've enjoyed it. I can't seem to get interested in them or pay attention to them. When I read I often loose track of what I'm reading so I have to re-read whole pages to figure out what I just read. I started reading an Uncle John's Bathroom Reader because it is mostly one page blurbs of interesting trivia that I thought wouldn't strain my attention span, but I find I have to force myself to read it, and it's been over a year and I haven't finished it yet. When I watch movies or TV I usually get confused as to what is going on or I find myself not interested and my thoughts keep drifting off, or I start getting impatient for the show or movie to just get over with. I have to admit that I miss enjoying a good book or movie.
 
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I saw that with my son his attention improved by being persistent with time, trying again and again. Initially he couldn’t focus for 5 minutes, now he is close to 1 hour for topics he likes.
With myself being troubled with worries and my son’s illness I can’t read a full page in a book and I have to come back and re-read, so it’s not uncommon. But I would suggest to improve working memory playing n-back games, I understood that if you do this daily it pays back greatly.
 
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It's strange that this shouild come up!


I am not anymore a tv viewer nope, many years ago, and I'd be watching the tv, now either through tiredness, and or if I'm feeling unwell in other aspects, and irritiblity starts up, so as you imply I can't pay attention to the screen,

for many years now, I am a "creative do-er" in that, I'll knit and listen to musicals and music combined, I will do my fitness workouts however, via a tv screen.
 
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Yes, I do still listen to a lot of music. I guess that is good. Thank you all for your replies.
 
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Nena

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I can totally relate @boudreauj4 I find myself having to stop series all the time. I notice I skim read only and rarely pay attention to what is happening although I think I am at the time (lately noticed this and find it worrying). I am miles away inside my head...

What is bothering you, do you know? (if you know and care to share - no pressure whatsoever)

Hugs,
Nena
 
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I find I can't concentrate to read a book and also can't get motivated to read either. I don't know whether it's schiz or the meds that is making it difficult.
 
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What is bothering me? That is a good question. I guess I am finding it sort of depressing that I can't seem to enjoy things that I used to enjoy. I started this thread about books and movies and TV, but really it is almost everything I used to enjoy, I just don't anymore. Yesterday as my wife was watching TV, I just lay on the couch for hours looking out the window watching the tree branches blow in the wind. I was thinking to myself, "why don't I do anything?" and I thought,"because I don't feel like doing anything." I started remembering how this time of year my family used to always like to go trout fishing, but now I have absolutely no desire to go trout fishing....what has become of me? I've lost my will or desire to do anything except sit and watch time go by. I seem to do the minimum required of me to get by in life. I do what I have to do. I do what is expected of me, mostly reluctantly. But there is nothing I really have any desire to do. I don't really enjoy anything anymore, so it seems like if I don't enjoy it, then what's the point in doing anything? I'm even debating stopping drinking coffee because I don't really get any pleasure from it any more. I'm thinking that I must have a serious case of anhedonia, one of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. I don't know what to do about it. It seems to be making my life meaningless.
 
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I do feel like I'm faking it. I try to smile when I think I'm expected to smile because I don't want people to think I'm disturbed. My new grand daughter was just born a few weeks ago, and when I hold her I can't help feeling a doom that she is coming into a very difficult world and that she is going to have to work very hard to overcome. But I try to smile anyway and put on a show that I am the loving grandfather even though I feel mostly dead to enjoyment inside. I feel bad for this. I feel that I am bad for this. But I just can't help it.
 
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Hi @boudreauj4
Thank you for sharing this. I guess all I can say is that I nodded profusely while reading your message.
Have you though of trying new things to do and try for yourself, something to push you out of the box?
 
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My son has mentioned going pike fishing in our little boat with me several times this spring. We haven't done that in twelve years. Pike season starts in May.
 
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