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Attention Span (Overview)

One definition would be the length of time a person can remain focused on a single subject, object or topic in an uninterrupted fashion. It is time based.


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What is the definition or description of: attention span?

What is the definition or description of: attention span?

Attention: One definition would be the length of time a person can remain focused on a single subject, object or topic in an uninterrupted fashion. It is time based. ...Read more

Attention Span (Overview)

One definition would be the length of time a person can remain focused on a single subject, object or topic in an uninterrupted fashion. It is time based.


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I have massive problems with attention span. How do I fix this?

I have massive problems with attention span. How do I fix this?

Get evaluated!: The only way to figure out what may be the cause of this attention issues is a thourough evaluation. Start with your primary care provider and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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What are some good ways i can improve my attention span and keep my thoughts focused?

Optimize environment: Assuming you don't have adhd (and even if you do), the best ways to improve attention span and keep thoughts focused are first to prepare yourself--get enough sleep, eat regular, healthy meals, get some exercise--and then prepare your environment--get rid of potential distractions, set up a workspace that is uncluttered with noise or other stimulation, and do one thing at a time. ...Read more

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How can I deal with being a full time student and having terrible attention span disorder?

Glutamine supplement: Glutamine supplement can lift your brain fog - take 1000mg per day during stressful situation can be taken upto 20 gm per day. ...Read more

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I amstudying for an exam, however my attention span seems to be on the low side. Could this be related to my health?

Could be: Discuss with your doctor about this problem. Certain condition like low thyroid hormone, deficiency in iron or other vitamin or other medical condition can affect your memory and concentration. Your doctor can run some simple blood work to rule things out. Good luck. Also, don't forget to eat right, sleep well and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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With add, how short is a short attention span?

It wanders: Distractibility and inattention are core features of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd). The distractibility can look like someone has a "short attention span, " but really is due to many things the environment grabbing the person's attention and their inability to maintain their focus on one thing. Thus their attention jumps from one thing to another often. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have incredibly bad memory and low attention span?

See Doctor: Are these symptoms new or long-standing? What if anything has changed in your life? These symptoms could be the result of many things. If you hae concerns, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a bad attention span and unable to remember things being told

What is the cause of a bad attention span and unable to remember things being told

Multiple possible: There are many possibilities for difficulty with attention and remembering. A couple include anxiety and various anxiety disorders, and also add. Probably you want to see your family physician first for a general health exam, but seeing a psychiatrist for an evaluation will help discern what's causing this difficulty in you. A helpful treatment plan can then be created. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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How can someone be a good listener if he has a short memory or short attention span?

Listen with empathy: Maybe to be a good listener the person doing the talking just has to have the impression that the other person is really listening. For many people being empathetic is what they are looking from someone else and that could be a quality that the good listener possesses. Empathy and simply listening can be adequate for many people. I don't think you have to have a good memory to be good listener. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not know how to stay concentrated for very long and my attention span is too short?

See doctor: It is best to see a doctor for a full evaluation. Then if you have a diagnosis the correct treatment can be chosen to help you ...Read more

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How long is the typical attention span for sitting and doing completing activity (e.G., reading or writing) of a 5-year old boy?

Depends on the boy: For some 5-10 minutes. For others 30+ minutes when it interests them. Boys tend to be more physically active than girls and tend not to sit still for extended periods of time especially if bored. This question has to be answered in the context of what this child is doing when and where and what is the goal to be accomplished. Is this s a problem at school? Home? Etc. ...Read more

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Are there any tricks or treatments to improve my attention span and keep my thoughts focused?

Yes there is treatme: First of all you need to be checked to find out what your diagnosis is.If you have adult attention deficit disorder, there is treatment available with drugs by mouth. ...Read more

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I m 3rd yr medical student. And studies are really hard. I get sleepy all the time. Any recommended medicine to increase attention span n performanc?

I m 3rd yr medical student. And studies are really hard. I get sleepy all the time. Any recommended medicine to increase attention span n performanc?

No: Medication may keep you up longer to study but it will not help with retention of information, comprehension, and attention span. You need to follow a strict schedule of studying and sleeping at least 6-7 hours per day (8 better). Take breaks every 2-3 hours for about 15 min where you do something physical and don't think about school at all. No phone, texting, email. ...Read more

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I used to be able to read and study for long periods of time but something changed, my routine is the same but now my attention span is shorter. worry

Anxiety: I understand your concern about shorter attention span. Commend yourself for being “able to read and study for long periods of time” Reflect on recent stressors in life such as relationship conflicts becoming intense, separation with feelings of worry, fear, sadness, disappointment, hurt, shame, guilt, resentment or helplessness; stress of school, work or finances. See a Therapist for stress. ...Read more

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Are having a bad attention span and being a bit childish mean signs of adhd?

Are having a bad attention span and being a bit childish mean signs of adhd?

Could or not: Certainly bad attention span is a symptom of adhd, but not unique to it. Being childish or immature are usually perjorative terms for being impulsive, impatient, fidgety having low frustration tolerance, not attending to social cues. These also are not unique to adhd, but many children slapped with labels of immaturity in early grades are now recognized as adhd. Thorough assessment is needed. ...Read more

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What in your brain causes a short attention span?

Short attention span: What was the question again? Just kidding. It can be from a variety of things. I would suggest a good psychological evaluation that can evaluate for such conditions as adhd in conjunction with a good psychiatric consultation who can discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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How long (time wise) is a childs with ADHD and ADD's attention span? We want to set a timetable.

How long (time wise) is a childs with ADHD and ADD's attention span?  We want to set a timetable.

ADHD: That is different, for each child. ADHD has several factors, attention span, distractibility, and and how very busy their brains are. A better plan might be to take tasks, and break them down. Write it as a list that they can refer to. Clean room: 1-pick up trash, 2- put toys away, etc. I've even suggested using a timer, 3-make bed, 5 minutes. This focuses on their success, rather than the problem ...Read more

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I have terrible attention span disorder and can't do well in school which is making me depressed, what can I do?

Seek assistance: Attention difficulties are quite common and most obvious during school years. There are many ways in which to treat attention problems, but an accurate diagnosis is the 1st step. Seek the assistance of a school counselor/advisor, psychologist, family physician, internist, or psychiatrist who has experience in attention disorders. If in college, the disability resource center is another option. ...Read more

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