Those are just examples, but my point is that there are far more 'learning difficulties' and brain disorders than there are names for them, and many see the idea of learning difficulties as flawed in itself, because it could be argued that it's simply people's brains working in a different way; however it needs to be diagnosed because without awareness and different teaching methods people with these issues can be overlooked or the person with them could be thought of as stupid. Owen in 'Elephant's Memory' is a very good example of how that kind of thing can be missed, and they never specified exactly what he had because he could have had more than one or be manifesting only certain symptoms with no sign of others.
Anyway, this is a very long post, but what I'm trying to say is that I don't think Reid's issues are feigned, or that they're necessarily completely a product of his environment, and the fact that he's so intelligent makes it more likely that he has some kind of genuine issue. However, there's no need to really specify what, because there are many in existence, many more that have yet to be defined, and many people who manifest symptoms that don't quite fit any existing problem. But it's plausible that he's 'growing out of' his issues, because unless it's really extreme, most people do.
Edited by kaylee33, Apr 9, 2009 @ 9:29 AM.