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Old 06-16-2020, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default I can't focus or concentrate...

for 2 years now I am not able to focus on a task activity. My mind is always somewhere else. I have tried to get my focus in again but it won't work. I try to avoid activites/hobbies or school stuff where I need to concentrate as long as I can. The frustration is just too much. The moment I can't get my mind to stay on the topic I will get frustrated and angry. Then I start to punch my table to cool down because like my mind, my emotions are also hard to regulate.
Everytime I am drawing my head just isn't there and my mind feels stressed. There are moments sometimes where I am absorbed while drawing but they are 2-3 times month. And the second I take a look at the clock because the thought of what time it is has crossed my mind I go back to being unconcentrated.
I told my therapist about both issues but he did not even gave any type of advice or help.
I am at the end of my first semester and really need to be able to concentrate.At the moment I belive that my mind just doesn't take anything serious enough to give any **** about the urgency of being able to concentrate.
My depressiv episode is long gone and I should be able to focus but I am not.

There always seems to be a gap between my inner world and the world on the outside.
Maybe my brain is broken or I am just stupid and incompetent.

Why is this happening? What should I do?
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: I can't focus or concentrate...

Hm, if this only began 2 years ago I do wonder how this started. Any significant live events or physical injuries that occurred during that time? Or perhaps it's a development?

Sorry your therapist wasn't able to help. I hope that he's only been unhelpful regarding these issues? Perhaps it's not something he's particularly knowledgeable on. Unless most of the therapy has been about these issues?

As for the issue itself, well, the possible explanation that consistently came up in searches is adhd. If you haven't checked already, perhaps the symptoms align with some of what you're going through. But honestly, this is something I would have thought a therapist would have already been able to identify as a possibility. Maybe next therapy session you can emphasize the issue?

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
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Hm, if this only began 2 years ago I do wonder how this started. Any significant live events or physical injuries that occurred during that time? Or perhaps it's a development?

Sorry your therapist wasn't able to help. I hope that he's only been unhelpful regarding these issues? Perhaps it's not something he's particularly knowledgeable on. Unless most of the therapy has been about these issues?

As for the issue itself, well, the possible explanation that consistently came up in searches is adhd. If you haven't checked already, perhaps the symptoms align with some of what you're going through. But honestly, this is something I would have thought a therapist would have already been able to identify as a possibility. Maybe next therapy session you can emphasize the issue?

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
The therapy hasn't been only about those issues but he isn't really helpful at all. Everytime I try to talk about topics that I find to be relevant, he just steers the conversation into a different direction.

As for the head injury or specific events, i am not sure. Though I think I never been this unfocused before. Not that I know of. My mother had the same problems and my brother too. But I wouldn't start with adhd for now because I don't want to overanalyze again. The thought had crossed my mind though.

Yeah, I will try to get him to talk about that issue with me. It will be one of the last two sessions and so far he hasn't been helpful in any way. Better make the best of it while I still can.

Thank you for answering
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:46 AM   #4
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Have you seen a doctor and looked into medication? I don't have ADHD, but when I am depressed I find it impossible to concentrate. Usually the only thing that fixes it is adjusting my meds.
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Have you seen a doctor and looked into medication? I don't have ADHD, but when I am depressed I find it impossible to concentrate. Usually the only thing that fixes it is adjusting my meds.
I tried two types of medication but they never work in terms of concentration. Escitaloprame just made me overhyped and I started to shake a lot bc it made me even more nervous and paroxetin has no effect I believe. Just that my head feels wierd...
What meds are you on?
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Hi lloivar, I wanted to let you know that your not being able to focus is normal ! Try to take a break in between drawing and see if that helps you focus a little bit more
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