A 39-year-old female asked:
i'm 39 y/o, and have undiagnosed adhd. lack of focus is ruining my life. no health insurance because i lost my job. how can i improve my focus?
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Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Get diagnosed: If you believe that you have adhd it would be helpful to see a professional for an evaluation. Lack of focus can decrease enjoyment and success in various tasks, but it doesn't need to ruin one's life. Focusing can be improved with practice. Meditation/the relaxation response can help, as can setting goals to stay on one task at a time for gradually increasing periods of time.
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Reasons 4 distract'n: Many things in life r distracting. Not all of them r adhd. Anxiety, depression, family problems, trying to do more than is humanly possible, all can cause loss of focus. We are told we shd be able to "multitask, " but we can't. The term comes from computers, & they can't without more than 1 processor. We only get 1 processor. Get an evaluation w/ a therapist who is not already convinced it's adhd.
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