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Techniques To Improve Memory And Concentration
Routine: Rest up adequately. Plan your day carefully. Eat lightly and healthily. Exercise regularly. Take regular scheduled breaks from what you are concentrating on. Change locations if they are becoming an issue, or sometimes do that just for the environmental benefit. Remove distracting elements from your workplace. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Studies are finding evidence that daily meditation not only improves memory and mental clarity, but it also may thicken parts of the brain's cerebral cortex responsible for decision making, attention and memory. For example, in one study subjects who meditated 40 minutes a day showed this structural difference in the brain. And, the difference was most pronounced in older subjects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) will help concentration, but we do not diagnose attention defecit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd) by how somebody does with ritalin. Anybody who took Ritalin would concentrate better. Do not use the medication lightly! it is a controlled substance and needs to be prescribed by a physician. ...Read more
Could the use of audio therapy(brainwave entrainment,isochronic tones) help to improve memory and concentration in adults with attention deficit?
No: No research has supported the efficacy of these treatments for ADHD. The best therapy for ADHD is an appropriate medication and cognitive behavioral therapy for support. Good reliable sources of information for parents with kids with ADHD (or other issues) are the AAP parent site: healthychildren.org and the Nemours site: kidshealth.org. Best of luck! ...Read more
Does brain skills improve a lot (eg: memorizing speed, ability to understand) with progressive studying?what are other ways to improve skills?
Yes: Many people have problems in conversations when they focus on themselves instead of the content of the conversation or curiosity about the other person. This "self-focused attention" sometimes takes the form of thoughts like "i wonder if she likes me, thinks i'm smart, is interested . . ." etc. When attention is not on the content of the conversation, the memory doesn't work. ...Read more
What supplements do you recommend to improve cognitive function, enhance memory, and augment blood flow to the brain?
Here's a few:: DMAE, Huperzine-A, ALCAR, Ginko Biloba, Ginseng, Nicotine, Rhodiola, Fish Oil and Green Tea. Do your research before taking any of these, either in combo with others or in quantity. Tell your M.D. what you are up to, especially if you are taking prescription meds. Herbs are tonics, but can have their own side effects, so don't get into trouble. ...Read more
How to handle depression and anxiety with poor cognitive abilities. Trouble speaking and thinking as well as concentrating and problem solving.
Maybe some testing: You may benefit from some psychological tests called neuropsychiatric tesing. These tests are done by neuropsychologist. One such test is called the luria nebraska. There are others. The tests may better explain the area and extent of any deficits. Then, after some treatment, the tests can he repeated to best monitor changes and improvement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Practice: a wide variety of exposures. Wide variety of different puzzles.... free app ones on tablets for example. Frankly, you might want to give up on creative and thinking skills. Having a solid background in the classics, humanities, literature, arts with knowledge of the best and most creative ideas in history probablyl is better. Voeks "how to be an educated person" ...out of print but has all of this ...Read more
Be a skeptic, not a: sucker, Walter. You can pretty much bank on it: Anything touted by health hucksters for anything will have no real evidence of effect. Common substances that improve memory & concentration are already well known, eg caffeine and nicotine. Check WebMD for updated info on what few supplements aid memory; the evidence is weak at best. Wake UP. Think like someone from our century, not the Middle Ages. ...Read more
Nurture your brain: With a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and exercise. When you exercise the body, you exercise the brain. Make time for friends and fun-countless studies show that a life that’s full of friends and fun comes with cognitive benefits. Engage in activities that are new, challenging, and also fun. The more interested and engaged you are, the better. A challenge, but not so unpleasant you dread it. ...Read more
CONCENTRATION: To help with your studies, make sure you are not fatigued and tired, that you have no illness or sickness, or worry with stess. Any of these problems can cause problems with concentration. If this has been a long term problem, then you may talk to your doctor about attention deficit disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can anyone tell me which herbs are helpful for improving memory, concentration and all other cognitive functions ?
Problems with memory: are often due to medical problems like B12 or Vitamin D deficiency or un-diagnosed diabetes, or thyroid disease. I strongly suggest that you see a clinician to have these common problems ruled out first. If for instance you have lost the ability to absorb Vitamin B12 you could take lots of vitamins and herbs by mouth and not fix the problem. Make sure your B12 is above 350 (some suggest 550). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pay attention: Memory is closely tied to attention. Train yourself to focus on what you want to remember and ignore other interesting details. Rehearse/repeat what you have observed so it will transfer from short-term to long term memory. We have better memory for things that interest us and that we understand. Read about mnemonics. There are lots of "how to improve your memory" books that can be helpful. ...Read more
A couple of ideas: Arguably the most effective thing you can do to improve your memory and creativity is to make sure you exercise each day. Aerobic exercise in particular has been shown to increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (bdnf) -- which can reverse memory decline and increase growth of brain cells in your brain's memory center. "jogging" your memory is a good idea! along with this: consistent rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have any other patients with fibromyalgia memtioned about memory and concentration problems and difficulty breathing and poor balance?
Fibromyalgia ; Mood: Research has found a link between fibromyalgia and depression. It sounds like you are experiencing symptoms of depression (difficulty remembering and concentrating). I recommend consulting with your doctor treating your fibromyalgia regarding your memory and concentration problems; as well as your difficulty breathing and poor balance which is probably related to your anxiety about fibromyalgia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Brain games: First, check with a doctor if you feel your memory and concentration have recently deteriorated to be sure there isn't any underlying concern. Brain games, puzzles, and simple activities such as brushing your teeth and opening doors with the opposite hand can help improve memory and concentration. Deep breathing, getting out doors, and mindfulness are good as well. Consult a neuropsychologist. ...Read more
Phosphatidylserine (fos-fuh-tie-dul-SER-een) is a dietary supplement that has received some interest as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems: Several studies with phosphatidylserine indicate improved cognitive abilities and behaviors. However, improvements lasted only a few months and were seen in people with the least severe symptoms. Initially, phosphatidylserine supplements were derived from the brain cells of cows. But because of concerns about mad cow disease, most manufacturers now produce the supplements from soy or cabbage derivatives. Preliminary studies have shown that plant-based phosphatidylserine supplements may also offer benefits, but more research is needed. However, no modern studies have continued to focus on phosphatidylserine, suggesting its limited effect. Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration doesn't require manufacturers to provide evidence of the potential risks and benefits of phosphatidylserine — or of any supplement. Consult your doctor before starting any dietary supplement. ...Read more
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