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Is inability to concentrate usually a symptom of depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Could be thyroid

It may be depression, and if you have reason to think you're depressed, you're probably right.
But, poor concentration can also be a symptom of thyroid disease (both too much and too little thyroid hormone) so you might want to discuss this with your primary care doctor.

In brief: Could be thyroid

It may be depression, and if you have reason to think you're depressed, you're probably right.
But, poor concentration can also be a symptom of thyroid disease (both too much and too little thyroid hormone) so you might want to discuss this with your primary care doctor.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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