I am having a hard time learning new material, processing what I read, have terrible working memory/memory issues, have a hard time learning concepts/big picture of what I am actually trying to learn about and connecting what I am reading to how it applies to the concept. I read things slowly over and over, then when I do understand it I forget it. maybe 1-2 days a week I have a day where I believe my brain is functioning like a normal persons, Even my diet has an effect on my brain functioning. I also have an issue with making decisions.
About me: I have OCD, social anxiety and general anxiety issues. I take 50mg Zoloft. But the memory issues seem to still be there. The OCD definitely effects my reading as well. I think I have what I have found to be "reading OCD". I also have this issue where I have to visualize what I am reading about (OCD).
When I read I get very anxious because I have a hard time understanding what I read. This causes me to pick my scalp until I have sores and a little bleeding. I have picked scalp since 6th grade. This makes me avoid reading and learning things as I dont like feeling anxious or picking my scalp.
I was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age. I did not take any meds for it until recently. I have been taking a small amount of Adderall (5-10mg). It has seemed to help me get focused, motivated to do my school work, and helps with the visualization problem I have while reading. But after about a week of taking it I start to get confusion, memory problems, personality change , and when the stimulant meds where off my anxiety is increased and I feel crappy about life outlook, etc.
Would seeing a neurologist and having brain scans done help me determine the issues and best treatment? Could my issues be related to head injuries? What types of learning disabilities are associated with slow processing, working memory, memory, etc.?