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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Difficulty Focusing (Overview)

Difficulty focusing = problems concentrating. This may occur for a number of reasons. One possible reason is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


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Does add cause difficulty focusing on every tasks including those of personal interest?

Does add cause difficulty focusing on every tasks including those of personal interest?

Yes: Adult add is probably underdiagnosed. Nobody focuses easily on stuff they hate or find boring; the add sufferer has trouble focusing on play and the things they like. The real question is, "will add medication help me?" some of my colleagues recommend a therapeutic trial. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
70 doctors shared insights

Difficulty Focusing (Overview)

Difficulty focusing = problems concentrating. This may occur for a number of reasons. One possible reason is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


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Does ritalin (methylphenidate) treat sleeping problems and difficulty focusing?

Does ritalin (methylphenidate) treat sleeping problems and difficulty focusing?

Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is sometimes used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness, such as that associated with narcolepsy, and is also sometimes used to treat symptoms of inattention, such as those found in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ...Read more

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With hyperthyroidism, what causes the inability to focus and how do you get rid of it?

With hyperthyroidism, what causes the inability to focus and how do you get rid of it?

Hyperthyroidism: You correct the inability to focus by lowering your thyroid level back into the normal range. You can't focus with hyperthyroidism because 1) you are tired all the time, 2) you might not sleep well with hyperthyroidism so you are tired all the time, 3) your mind is too active so you have too many thoughts going on at the same time...It's similar to taking a high amount of caffeine... ...Read more

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I have been having difficulty focusing my vision and it causes me to have headaches and get sleepy. Am i chemically unbalanced. What can I do?

I have been having difficulty focusing my vision and it causes me to have headaches and get sleepy. Am i chemically unbalanced. What can I do?

Improve basic health: Your difficulty focusing may be part of the headache cycle rather than it's cause. There are various life triggers you can reduce with effort.Ha's are often triggered by dehydration, stress, fatigue, fasting & sleep deficits> if you work on these basics things may improve, if not have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty focusing?

What causes difficulty focusing?

Many causes: There are many possible causes for difficulty focusing. Without knowing more details, the list of possible causes is very lengthy. I recommend that you see a professional for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Difficulty focusing?

What is the definition or description of: Difficulty focusing?

Difficulty focusing: Difficulty focusing = problems concentrating. This may occur for a number of reasons. One possible reason is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ...Read more

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Why am I having difficulty focusing? Could it be the tedium of the task?

Possible: If this is a new symptom and happens only when you're engaged in a specific task, then tedium well may be the answer. If tedium emerges regularly no matter what you are doing, then it may be more about you, which might suggest the need for an assessment to understand why you grow bored so easily and what you can do about it. ...Read more

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Does add cause difficulty focusing on every tasks including those of personal interest?

Yes: Adult add is probably underdiagnosed. Nobody focuses easily on stuff they hate or find boring; the add sufferer has trouble focusing on play and the things they like. The real question is, "will add medication help me?" some of my colleagues recommend a therapeutic trial. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having difficulty focusing in school?

What to do if I'm having difficulty focusing in school?

Work to eliminate: distractions. get plenty of rest. if you find yourself continuing to have issues be evaluated for ADHD ...Read more

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What causes difficulty focusing my eyes?

Dryness: Most often, difficulty focusing from time to time is due to dryness, which causes changes in the smoothness of the front of the eye. On the other hand, if you are over 40, and the difficulty is with reading, then it is presbyopia, an aging change. Check out this webpage for more info http://www.2020vision.Com/monovision.Html. ...Read more

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Having much does boredom cause difficulty focusing, slow thinking?

Having much does boredom cause difficulty focusing, slow thinking?

A lot: There is no question that boring, repetitious tasks can affect attention and focus. Understimulation is probably as bad as overstimulation in terms of staying on task. As for slowed thinking, a boring task often requires little mental effort, so that may get diverted to other thoughts and activities, resulting in slow response if the task suddenly demands attention for some reason. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty focusing. Easily distracted. Space out a lot.

I am experiencing  difficulty focusing. Easily distracted. Space out a lot.

Seek evaluation: Can be something as simple as Attention Deficit Disorder to a serious problem. To get to the heart of the matter, seek care with your regular physician. I cannot diagnose ADHD just by this question but look up the Adult ADHD Self Report (ASRS) and answer the questions honestly. If you check too many gray boxes, show this to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been having difficulty focusing my vision and it causes me to have headaches and get sleepy. Am i chemically unbalanced. What can I do?

Improve basic health: Your difficulty focusing may be part of the headache cycle rather than it's cause. There are various life triggers you can reduce with effort.Ha's are often triggered by dehydration, stress, fatigue, fasting & sleep deficits> if you work on these basics things may improve, if not have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking?

What causes difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking?

Many possibilities: This cluster of symptoms can arise from many different types of diseases. I strongly recommend you see your primary care provider for further evaluation of this symptom cluster. ...Read more

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I am having much difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking, what's wrong?

I am having much difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking, what's wrong?

You have not given : Enough information to know what is happening. Schedule an appointment with you primary care physician to have a comprehensive physical to rule out a medical cause. There could be emotional factors as well causing these symptoms. ...Read more

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Do people with add have difficulty focusing on only boring job task or also those of personal interest?

It varies: For anyone addor not the more interesting and engaging a task is the better one can focus-there is not a cut and dry border. ...Read more

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Blurry vision, difficulty focusing, high prolactin. Are these related?

Blurry vision, difficulty focusing, high prolactin. Are these related?

Many possible causes: First question to ask is "why is the prolactin high?" and "how high is it?" a pituitary tumor can cause high prolactin but so are other things including: hypothyroidism, pregnancy, kidney disease...It would be a good idea to sit down with the doctor who ordered the above test to discuss the next step of workup. You need to systematically work this up. ...Read more

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