How to Know When to See a Doctor for Difficulty Concentrating

Patient

Q: I am 26 year old professional, working in software industry. I am having trouble in concentrating and I have become restless. I have difficulty in reading and writing and I find it hard to sit in one place for long. I am having these symptoms for last 18 months. I have tried meditation to increase focus but it didn't help. I am suffering a lot in my career due to this.

Doctor

A:   Concentration difficulties can be related to difficulty staying awake, impulsiveness, intrusive thoughts or concerns, overactivity, or inattention. They can be caused by medical, cognitive or psychological problems or may be related to sleep disorders or medications, alcohol or drugs. Psychological conditions that can interfere with concentration include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder (alternating periods ofdepression and elevated mood), emotional trauma, and stress. Depending upon the cause, concentration difficulties may resolve with appropriate treatment. Since your symptoms have been chronic, it would require further evaluation by your doctor to determine the cause. It is important to rule out any serious underlying illness. I wish you well, take care.

Related Q&A

Q: I was prescribed Vyvanse for my ADHD and I actually lost / am unable to find where I had put the bottle itself contai...

Q: My child is suffering from ADHD and he is hyperactive. He does not make any eye contact, does not listen to our comma...

Q: Can you can you take melatonin while taking narcotics

Q: How do I get a prescription for Desoxyn? I've never had insurance so. I've never been diagnosed with ADD. I've never...

Q: I've been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder some 20 years ago. My main and complaint at the time and still is t...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews