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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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Dr. Lawrence Smith
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.
Dr. Eric Levin
Dr. Eric Levin commented
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Also generic medication for ADHD is not expensive.
Jul 17, 2013
Dr. Adam Front
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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