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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Difficulty Concentrating (Overview)

Concentration refers to a person's ability to intentionally direct their attention to a task and be able to maintain in in the face of distractions from stimuli around them.


Dr. Tanya Russo
85 Doctors shared insights

Difficulty Concentrating (Overview)

Concentration refers to a person's ability to intentionally direct their attention to a task and be able to maintain in in the face of distractions from stimuli around them.


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Difficulty concentrating. Which common meds can cause that?

Med side effects: Any medication that sedates or causes dry mouth or constipation (anticholinergic meds) can cause memory problems. This includes pain meds, antihistamines, decongestants, drugs of abuse like alcohol, cocaine, marijuana. ...Read more

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I have tension in neck and shoulders that causes headache, balance issues and difficulty concentrating. How can I cure this? Preferably without meds

I have tension in neck and shoulders that causes headache, balance issues and difficulty concentrating. How can I cure this? Preferably without meds

Get a good diagnosis: If you are having balance trouble associated with headaches, you need to be evaluated for the cause before considering cures. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of difficulty breathing?

What's the best treatment to get rid of difficulty breathing?

Difficulty breathing: It depends very much on the cause. Get to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have difficulty concentrating. How do I get adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

I have difficulty concentrating. How do I get adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Why & how long?: There are many different reasons one may have trouble concentrating ranging from simple boredom to being overloaded or stressed to having adhd. Only the last is apt to respond to a stimulant such as adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). I recommend that you start by meeting with a mental health professional to discuss your current concerns and history to determine what's wrong. Then, you look at treatment options. ...Read more

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What can cause real difficulty concentrating?

What can cause real difficulty concentrating?

Many things: Medical problems, medications, conflict, lack of interest, stress, anxiety, depression, thought disorders, major personality disorders, adhd, substance abuse, sleep disorders, hearing loss, etc. ...Read more

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Difficulty concentrating. Which common meds can cause that?

Med side effects: Any medication that sedates or causes dry mouth or constipation (anticholinergic meds) can cause memory problems. This includes pain meds, antihistamines, decongestants, drugs of abuse like alcohol, cocaine, marijuana. ...Read more

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I've been having difficulty concentrating on whatever I'm thinking?

I've been having difficulty concentrating on whatever I'm thinking?

Need a comprehensive exam: There are many things that cause this including multiple physical disorders, psychiatric disorders such as depression, and even sleep disorders. You need to start out with a comprehensive evaluation by your family doctor including laboratory tests that will guide your physician towards any eventual diagnosis and treatment plan for you. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Difficulty concentrating?

What is the definition or description of: Difficulty concentrating?

Concentration: Concentration refers to a person's ability to intentionally direct their attention to a task and be able to maintain in in the face of distractions from stimuli around them. ...Read more

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What will cause extreme difficulty concentrating and making decisions?

A few questions...: There could b several possible explanations4 difficulty concentrating. Did this start recently or has this been a problem before? Did you have adhd in school? R u under any unusual pressure at this time? Anxiety could make you be making it hard 2concentrate ocd could also play a part consult w' urrphysician 2 rule out a medical reason ; then with a therapist to see if it is psychological or. ...Read more

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Difficulty concentrating. I think it because my work is redundant and borins. What can I do?

Break down the task: Into small and easier to reach steps (goals). Take a short break in between steps to help refocusing. Sometimes listening to upbeat music can help with productivity as well. ...Read more

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I'm a student, and I'm having difficulty concentrating while reading my textbooks. Other then meds, is there something that would help me concentrate?

I'm a student, and I'm having difficulty concentrating while reading my textbooks. Other then meds, is there something that would help me concentrate?

Concentration probs: Concentrating well requires steady life habits, including consistent, high quality sleep and exercise. You need to establish regular sleep ; wake times, plus exercise that you enjoy. Eating healthy whole foods (not sugar, or highly processed ones) will also help. Are you interested in your studies? Anxiety can also distract you -- consider psychological eval for this, since help is possible! ...Read more

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I'm having difficulty concentrating on my breath during medication?

Meditation?: In mindfulness meditation we're guided to expect that difficulty and to merely gently, non-judgementally bring attention back to the breath. It can happen more or less often during a sitting. The task is to return as soon as you notice you've strayed. You may get better at it with time, but it will always be the task. It is that ability we seek - not to concentrate on the breath. Think about it. ...Read more

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I have difficulty concentrating? Concerta?

I have difficulty concentrating? Concerta?

Work up: See a psychiatrist impaired concentration could be due to many things other than add. ...Read more

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Can difficulty concentrating be a part of my anxiety disorder?

Yes: Trouble concentrating is often a part of anxiety disorders, in particular 'generalized anxiety disorder' and ptsd. Ocd can cause this too, especially if the obsessional anxieties are frequent. Other times when the trouble concentrating is more situation-specific might have more to do with a specific phobia or feared situation. ...Read more

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Can difficulty concentrating be a symptom of primary aldosteronism?

Aldosteronism: Main effect is elevated blood pressure that is difficult to control. Concentration problem could be associated with it, or the effect of blood pressure medications, or other factors. Please review with your doctor. ...Read more

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What would cause sadness, difficulty concentrating and making decisions?

Talk to someone...: These symptoms spell depression, although u would need a few more symptoms to formally qualify for the diagnosis (sleep or appetite disturbance, tearfulness, sense of worthlessness, to name a few). However, even if the few symptoms u named are all there is, I recommend u talk to a therapist and explore more in depth what is going on emotionally, etc. Medication may or may not be needed... ...Read more

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Why do I have such difficulty concentrating on what I'm reading now that im retired?

Why do I have such difficulty concentrating on what I'm reading now that im retired?

Oldertimer's disease: Use it or lose it...The brain is a tissue just like a muscle. Try focusing a few minutes at time, then gradually increase the time by a minute or two every week. Just like body building exercises. Certain supplements like n-acetyl-cysteine and /or alpha-lipoic acid, with acetyl l carnitine, may help give you more atp. Go slow with any supplements or vitamins.
Get a general medical check up first! ...Read more

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Can't think clearly, difficulty concentrating, foggy thinking, confused. Can mild stress cause this?

Can't think clearly, difficulty concentrating, foggy thinking, confused. Can mild stress cause this?

Yes: How old are you? There are many other possible reasons including medications, illegal drugs, endocrinological problems and other reasons. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty concentrating. The following also describes me: Drowsiness. What should I do?

I am experiencing difficulty concentrating. The following also describes me: Drowsiness. What should I do?

Concentration: It would be good for you to see a Doctor for a medical evaluation to find out if you have a medical reason for this drowsiness. If it is not medical it may be due to some problem in your personal life that you could work on with a Clinical Psychologist to resolve or learn to cope. ...Read more

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Hi I am having difficulty concentrating after starting atomoxetine and stopping after 10 days... Now concentrating seems too hard. Can u please advise me what should I do?

Hi I am having difficulty concentrating after starting atomoxetine and stopping after 10 days... Now concentrating seems too hard. Can u please advise me what should I do?

Not common: In my experience, this is not a common side effect. It may be unrelated to Atomoxetine. Alternatively, it may be related to an interaction with other medications so your doctor might want to review your other medications if any and also look into other comorbid conditions. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced confusion, difficulty concentrating or thinking almost fainting with metformin?

Has anyone experienced confusion, difficulty concentrating or thinking almost fainting with metformin?

Metformin: Common side-effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps, gases, and if there's impairment in liver or kidney functions it can rarely cause lactic acidosis which can present with confusion & lethargy. Please discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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I frequently get a vibrating sensation in my head along with difficulty concentrating and a feeling of disorientation. What can this be?

I frequently get a vibrating sensation in my head along with difficulty concentrating and a feeling of disorientation. What can this be?

Many possibilities: You need to make a list of when and how often this occurs, along with any other associated symptoms such as headache, the specific things you are disoriented about, whether you are having difficulty with cranial nerve functions such as vision, smell, hearing, taste, etc. Take this with you and go and see a neurologist. Do this fairly soon, but not an emergency. ...Read more

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I have tension in neck and shoulders that causes headache, balance issues and difficulty concentrating. How can I cure this? Preferably without meds

Get a good diagnosis: If you are having balance trouble associated with headaches, you need to be evaluated for the cause before considering cures. ...Read more

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I am wondering if craving salt, feeling nauseous, & having difficulty concentrating can be due to extremely low iron.?

Craving of salt: Usually means your serum sodium level is low. Hyponatremia (low sodium) can cause cognitive impairment, confusion and even seizures if low enough. I'd have this checked right away, along with your iron, CBC and ferritin. Low iron will cause restless legs, fatigue and result in problems with delivery of Oxygen to the tissues if low enough. ...Read more

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Warm feeling in whole body, reduced sleep 5 hrs. Feels tired in morning and aches in whole body. Difficulty concentrating, relaxing?

See PCP: Need more information about what's going on and when it started. I think it's best to see your Primary Care Physician to start. ...Read more

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I have difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, moods dramatically change, high energy even with little sleep, always have to be doing something?

Could be mania.: You may be having your first hypomanic or manic episode. You should let a doctor know what you are experiencing, so they can evaluate you and recommend the right treatment. Tell you doctor if you know of any other relatives diagnosed with mental illness, including bipolar disorder. There are medicines that can reduce your symptoms. I hope you feel better and get the right help. ...Read more