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Dr. Austina Cho
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Inability To Concentrate (Overview)

You rely on your concentration to get you through the day, to perform you work. When you're unable to concentrate, you can't think clearly, can't focus on the task at hand or maintain your attention. There are number of psychological or medical conditions that might affect attention/concentration.


Dr. Austina Cho
14 doctors shared insights

Inability To Concentrate (Overview)

You rely on your concentration to get you through the day, to perform you work. When you're unable to concentrate, you can't think clearly, can't focus on the task at hand or maintain your attention. There are number of psychological or medical conditions that might affect attention/concentration.


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My symptoms are night sweating and itchy skin. Also inability to concentrate, and irritability. Can you tell me what this means?

My symptoms are night sweating and itchy skin. Also inability to concentrate, and irritability. Can you tell me what this means?

Restless: There are many possibilities. Without a good history and physical, medications used, allergies, drugs, etc, it would be shooting in the dark . The constellation of symptoms you describe could be explained by hyperthyroidism, or etoh / sedative hypnotic withdrawal, opiate withdrawal, or an autoimmune or allergic reaction. Best to see your md for a thorough exam and laboratory testing. ...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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What can cause this sudden inability to concentrate?

Many things could : Cause an inability to concentrate from stress and anxiety to physical disorders. Speak with your physician and check out the medical possibilities first. If there is not a neurological or physical issue consider psychotherapy to see what emotional things may be interfering with your concentration. ...Read more

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Sudden inability to concentrate, what do you suggest?

Sudden inability to concentrate, what do you suggest?

Need Detective Work!: This sounds very unsettling! as you describe this as sudden, i'd urge u 2 seek out medical care right away 4 a workup so u can get 2 the bottom of this! the doc may refer u 2 medical specialist 4 other workups. After workup(s), if ur medical docs uncover no physical reasons 4 what you're experiencing, it would make sense 2 consult w/ a clinical psychologist/psychiatrist 4 further detective work. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Inability to concentrate?

See below: You rely on your concentration to get you through the day, to perform you work. When you're unable to concentrate, you can't think clearly, can't focus on the task at hand or maintain your attention. There are number of psychological or medical conditions that might affect attention/concentration. ...Read more

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Help: i suffer from a major inability to concentrate, could this be from undiagnosed add?

ADD: It is possible, consult with an experienced clinical psychologist who specializes in treating add. This is a difficulty that requires a person who has done assessments for some time. Best. ...Read more

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Sudden inability to concentrate? Can caffeine or medications do that?

Sudden inability to concentrate?  Can caffeine or medications do that?

Can't concentrate: Possible. Also many medications can do that, especially sedatives taken during the day. ...Read more

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Inability to concentrate on school work, what to do?

Inability to concentrate on school work, what to do?

Poor concentration : May result from many causes. Evaluation by a qualified mental health professional may help to identify cause(s) and develop specific interventions. Balance in life, good sleep and nutrition, stress and anxiety reduction, and exercise are helpful no matter what the cause. Best regards for relief soon. ...Read more

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Weakness, inability to concentrate, could it be a stroke?

Weakness, inability to concentrate, could it be a stroke?

Possible: If it's weakness that develops quickly, and is only on one side, yes it could be a stroke and it needs immediate medical evaluation. The "inability to concentrate" is harder to define. Could be from many things -- from intoxication with something, to a metabolic problem, to depression, to adhd, and many more. If it developed suddenly along with one-sided weakness, please get to an emergency room. ...Read more

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What could cause a feeling of disorientation and inability to concentrate very well?

What could cause a feeling of disorientation and inability to concentrate very well?

Many things: Many things can cause feelings of disorientation and inability to concentrate. Consider any kind of drug intoxication or withdrawal -- same for alcohol. Various kinds of infectious encephalopathies either in CNS or from outside it. Stroke. Metabolic encephalopathies like severe hyperglycemia, liver or kidney failure, severe hypothyroidism, wernicke's, etc. Head trauma. Brain tumor. Others. ...Read more

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Is inability to concentrate usually a symptom of depression?

Is inability to concentrate usually a symptom of depression?

Possibly: Difficulty concentrating can indeed be one of the symptoms of depression, but other things can cause this also. Such as, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, and some psychotic disorders. Substance abuse and/or dependence can lead to difficulty concentrating as well. Best bet would be to consult a psychiatrist for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Is an inability to concentrate a possible symptom of depression?

Is an inability to concentrate a possible symptom of depression?

Yes: Yes, difficulty concentrating can be a part of depressive symptoms. However, other things are possible also, so it isn't enough on its own to diagnose depression. ...Read more

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Headaches, over heating, inability to concentrate. What does this sound like?

Headaches, over heating, inability to concentrate. What does this sound like?

Sx are too broad: Please contact your primary care doctor to figure out what's happening. These sx are too broad to address them here. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the foggy thinking or inability to concentrate come from with thyroid issues?

What is the foggy thinking or inability to concentrate come from with thyroid issues?

Common: Difficulty with thinking and concentrating can be a result of low thyroid or hypothroidism. See your doctor for some simple blood tests. ...Read more

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Pain radiating from neck to head causing headaches and inability to concentrate. They come while im doing any level of critical thinking.

Pain radiating from neck to head causing headaches and inability to concentrate. They come while im doing any level of critical thinking.

I am wondering: if you tense the muscles of your upper back and neck when intensely thinking. If so, that might trigger a tension headache. Take care. ...Read more