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A 18-year-old female asked:

Hard to focus, easily distracted, bcoming more forgetful n sometimes a bit confused. is this bcs lack of sleep or something else? i get round 4.5h sleep

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Lack of focus: Recommend evaluation by a mental health specialist for possible underlying attention deficit versus mood disorder. Also medical workup to rule out physical factors.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology 33 years experience
Sleep deprivation: Generally 4.5 hours of sleep per night is not enough for most people and will predictably create some irritability, problems with concentration and recall, and fatigue. Of course this begs the question of why one would be getting such little sleep - medications, drugs, a mood disorder or medical condition. If sleeping more doesnt help it woudl be generally wise to get medical consultation.

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