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how can concentration levels be improved to study long hours and improve memory retention?

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Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Focus factor: Optimization of focus and memory: consider omega three fish oil, vitamin d especially if deficient, mindful meditation/neurofeedback, elimination of distractions - reduce exposure to video games, tv, phones, study early in the am - often optimal focus then, light box if overcast consistently, socialize/take breaks, time management, focus on mastery of the material rather than a grade, and optimism.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Routine: Rest up adequately. Plan your day carefully. Eat lightly and healthily. Exercise regularly. Take regular scheduled breaks from what you are concentrating on. Change locations if they are becoming an issue, or sometimes do that just for the environmental benefit. Remove distracting elements from your workplace.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I am so glad to see common sense recommendations and not a default to stimulant medications. Heidi
Mar 1, 2013

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Can my computer work as a memory aid?

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Dr. Scott Beede
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I have increasing headaches and trouble with my memory is this normal?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Headaches and memory: No, this is not normal. There are many conditions that cause headaches and many conditions that cause trouble with your memory. Your best course of action is to call your doctor for an examination to determine the cause of your headaches and the cause of your memory problems. These may be related or the conditions can be separate.
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A 36-year-old female asked:

The sherlock holmes movie character has a photographic memory. Do some people really have this, and how common is this trait?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Eidetic memory: There is currently a lot of controversy as to whether photographic memory (technically called "eidetic memory") actually exists. Here's an interesting website on this fascinating topic: http://www.Eideticmemory.Org/.
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When should I retire if physically strong but slipping memory?

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Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Decline in performan: When you endanger yourself or others or when your performance declines significantly.

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