Concentration Problems2018-09-27T02:05:18+00:00

Concentration Problems

Concentration problems, including difficulty staying focused, or maintaining attention, is an issue many people face every day. It’s normal to feel distracted or absent-minded from time to time, particularly when experiencing any strong emotion, such as stress or grief.
However, when ‘brain fog’ is persistent and doesn’t seem to be going away, it could be a symptom of something else – possibly an underlying condition that needs to be identified and dealt with.

At Jurmaine Health, we can help diagnose the cause of concentration problems.

Concentration problems are a common occurrence for most people, at different times throughout their lives. Experiencing trouble with your ability to hold attention on a task, or lacking the ability to maintain proper focus, can be caused by dietary, environmental, hereditary, chemical or hormonal factors. Many women will be able to identify with the impact of ‘baby brain’ throughout pregnancy, or fogginess during menopause. Similarly, men with a testosterone imbalance can also experience issues with concentration or their attention span.

Causes of concentration problems include:

  • Tiredness
  • Stress
  • Emotional stress
  • Brain injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Toxic exposure (poisoning)
  • Genetics
  • Chronic illness
  • Some medications
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Head injury
  • Multi-tasking
  • Boredom
  • Distractions
  • Adult ADHD
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hormonal changes
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking
  • Learning disabilities

Symptoms of concentration problems

Having trouble with concentration and maintaining attention levels can be incredibly frustrating and may provoke feelings of helplessness or failure – particularly for people who, in the past, have always found themselves to be organised and focused.

People with concentration problems may experience one or more of the following:

  • Finding simple tasks more difficult to focus on
  • Feeling overwhelmed by normal everyday tasks
  • Having difficulty communicating effectively or carrying on a conversation
  • Having trouble forming thoughts
  • Feelings of impulsiveness
  • Having difficulty staying awake
  • Experiencing intrusive thoughts
  • Having trouble keeping track of ‘to-do’ lists
  • Feeling as though your mind keeps jumping from thought to thought
  • Having trouble staying organised
  • Problems with basic decision-making

Top tips for improving concentration

To complement our treatment for concentration problems you may be facing, there are things you can do – either in the privacy of your own home or in between work duties – that help maximise the benefits of our support and guidance by improving your concentration levels.

These include:

  • Keep your mind active and stimulated with brain games and exercises
  • Try meditation, or some kind of relaxation technique to help improve your attention span
  • Challenge your mind and learn something new, such as doing a short course or learning a new language
  • Exercise regularly and keep active
  • Use an app or some other system of recording information to help you keep track of tasks and improve your productivity
  • Try to eat a diet high in good fats (including omega fatty acids) and low in saturated fat
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Avoid consuming too much caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
  • Don’t overload your mind with too much at once – multitasking is not always a good thing
  • Prioritise your tasks and focus on completing bigger job first, then smaller jobs later

Effective treatment of concentration problems

Depending on the underlying cause of your concentration problems – whether it’s being provoked by an internal or external source, as well as your personal circumstances – treatment can vary from person to person.

Brain exercises, dietary adjustments and therapy are common treatments, which can be carried out and administered at home.

Jurmaine neuropsychologists may be able to help by providing cognitive counselling or rehabilitation for people suffering from concentration problems. In more serious cases, where ADHD, depression or another condition is diagnosed, medication may also be prescribed.

Concentration Problems

Concentration problems, including difficulty staying focused, or maintaining attention, is an issue many people face every day. It’s normal to feel distracted or absent-minded from time to time, particularly when experiencing any strong emotion, such as stress or grief.
However, when ‘brain fog’ is persistent and doesn’t seem to be going away, it could be a symptom of something else – possibly an underlying condition that needs to be identified and dealt with.

At Jurmaine Health, we can help diagnose the cause of concentration problems.

Concentration problems are a common occurrence for most people, at different times throughout their lives. Experiencing trouble with your ability to hold attention on a task, or lacking the ability to maintain proper focus, can be caused by dietary, environmental, hereditary, chemical or hormonal factors. Many women will be able to identify with the impact of ‘baby brain’ throughout pregnancy, or fogginess during menopause. Similarly, men with a testosterone imbalance can also experience issues with concentration or their attention span.

Causes of concentration problems include:

  • Tiredness
  • Stress
  • Emotional stress
  • Brain injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Toxic exposure (poisoning)
  • Genetics
  • Chronic illness
  • Some medications
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Head injury
  • Multi-tasking
  • Boredom
  • Distractions
  • Adult ADHD
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hormonal changes
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking
  • Learning disabilities

Symptoms of concentration problems

Having trouble with concentration and maintaining attention levels can be incredibly frustrating and may provoke feelings of helplessness or failure – particularly for people who, in the past, have always found themselves to be organised and focused.

People with concentration problems may experience one or more of the following:

  • Finding simple tasks more difficult to focus on
  • Feeling overwhelmed by normal everyday tasks
  • Having difficulty communicating effectively or carrying on a conversation
  • Having trouble forming thoughts
  • Feelings of impulsiveness
  • Having difficulty staying awake
  • Experiencing intrusive thoughts
  • Having trouble keeping track of ‘to-do’ lists
  • Feeling as though your mind keeps jumping from thought to thought
  • Having trouble staying organised
  • Problems with basic decision-making

Top tips for improving concentration

To complement our treatment for concentration problems you may be facing, there are things you can do – either in the privacy of your own home or in between work duties – that help maximise the benefits of our support and guidance by improving your concentration levels.

These include:

  • Keep your mind active and stimulated with brain games and exercises
  • Try meditation, or some kind of relaxation technique to help improve your attention span
  • Challenge your mind and learn something new, such as doing a short course or learning a new language
  • Exercise regularly and keep active
  • Use an app or some other system of recording information to help you keep track of tasks and improve your productivity
  • Try to eat a diet high in good fats (including omega fatty acids) and low in saturated fat
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Avoid consuming too much caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
  • Don’t overload your mind with too much at once – multitasking is not always a good thing
  • Prioritise your tasks and focus on completing bigger job first, then smaller jobs later

Effective treatment of concentration problems

Depending on the underlying cause of your concentration problems – whether it’s being provoked by an internal or external source, as well as your personal circumstances – treatment can vary from person to person.

Brain exercises, dietary adjustments and therapy are common treatments, which can be carried out and administered at home.

Jurmaine neuropsychologists may be able to help by providing cognitive counselling or rehabilitation for people suffering from concentration problems. In more serious cases, where ADHD, depression or another condition is diagnosed, medication may also be prescribed.

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