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Studying Learning Math/Physics with ADHD

  1. Dec 10, 2017 #1
    I have ADHD and some comorbid disorders as well which I'm trying to get treated for. I've just done my first semester of undergrad in physics and I've done pretty terribly; I got distracted a lot of times, didn't know how to manage my time or organize my work, and when I did study math/physics, I found it very difficult to pay attention in class and when studying on my own.

    My working memory is terrible its like I can only focus on one thing at a time and I constantly lose what I focus on, this makes me have to study a lot more in order to retain something, I also miss a lot of details while doing problems and I end up making very stupid mistakes. I don't know why but I also have a really hard time visualizing situations or concepts as well.

    My one saving grace is that I can get really focused on my work sometimes, even go for hours without tiring or noticing how long its been if I'm really enjoying what I'm learning, it can sometimes screw me over if I got other things to do though.

    Anyway, given all these challenges, I'm wondering if its even possible for me to study a physics degree. I'm developing strategies to counteract these difficulties but somethings I just gotta accept as a part of me. I'm just wondering if its even worth me pursuing or should I just give it up and switch to another major? I really do love physics and have been waiting to study this major for a long time but I don't know if its realistic, at least thats what others are telling me. Does anyone have any experience with this or any advice?
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  3. Dec 11, 2017 #2
    I think that's a question only you can answer. Are you okay with putting in more work than your peers to have the same results?

    Also, are you being properly treated for your ADHD?
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