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    Does Narcolepsy affect learning?

    I feel tired all the time - will it affect how my brain absorbs information? Thanks
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    Narcolepsy and its variants are  commonly associated with learning difficulties in children and teenagers as well as cognitive impairment (difficulty in maintaining prolonged focus on tasks) in adults. It is not uncommon for children with narcolepsy to be diagnosed first with attention deficit disorder because of their learning difficulties. In fact in practice there is often a clinical (symptoms) overlap between the two diagnosis, and the treatment is similar with stimulant medications. It is important that the teachers (or lecturers) are made aware of this limitation so that special consideration is applied, in particular extra time can be allocated for home work and assessment. For more information click on the following information sheet links:
    Narcolepsy
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome

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