Problems concentrating isn’t only something that happens to kids- many adults find themselves struggling to concentrate, and we’ve probably all had moments where, no matter what we do, we find a lack of concentration.
What are concentration problems?
Concentration is the ability to efficiently focus your attention on the tasks at hand. With adequate concentration skills, you’ll be able to block out distractions and inhibit actions that could cause you to lose focus, like irrelevant thoughts or sounds.
When you’re concentration is at its highest, you’ll notice that you can work easier, faster, and better. Think about the last time you breezed through a report- you were probably focused and alert, helping you achieve your optimal working state.
Problems concentration becomes an issue when the inability to concentrate and focus on a stimulus impedes your ability to get something done. You might find that background noise, your phone, or your own thoughts get in the way of working.
Concentration levels vary depending on the following factors:
- Dedication to the task
- Interest in the task
- Your ability to complete the task
- Physical and emotional state
- Conducive environment with few distractions
Once you’re able to regulate these factors and get in the right mindset, you’ll see that you’re able to focus better and block out irrelevant thoughts.
Symptoms of poor concentration
Concentration problems in children
Children don’t have the same ability to concentrate as adults generally do because their brain isn’t fully developed yet. They aren’t usually able to stay focused during an entire one-hour class period, but this doesn’t mean that they have any type of concentration problem. Children have to learn and discover by doing and playing, not sitting and being talked at.
If a child has trouble paying attention in class and shows no other problems in other areas, the problem is not with the child, but rather with the teaching style.
A child might have concentration problems if:<
- They have trouble paying attention in class
- They’re not able to focus on their homework
- It seems like the “zone out” when you talk to them
- They can’t concentrate on a TV show or movie
- They have a hard time focusing on a fun or interesting activity
- They’re distracted
- It seems like they’re constantly daydreaming
- They are unorganized in their play.
A child with all of these symptoms likely has a serious attention or concentration problem, and might have ADHD. You can take an ADHD test to see if they have ADHD.
Concentration Problems in Adults
An adult might have a concentration problem if they are:
- Not able to do a single task for a prolonged period of time
- Have a hard time reading
- Feel like there is blocked or full
- Distracted when someone talks to them
- Easily distracted
- Take a long time to finish tasks
Causes of Concentration Problems
Knowing what causes a lack of concentration is important in order to be able to treat and fix the primary cause.
- Fatigue and emotional stress can cause concentration problems.
- Hormonal changes like what you might experience during menopause or pregnancy can affect cognitive function.
- Certain psychological and physical conditions are characterized by a difficulty concentrating, like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Poor sleep and rest. When we don’t give our brains the rest it needs, whether it be due to little time or too much stress, the brain suffers. One of the most common symptoms of exhaustion is lack of concentration.
- Hunger and poor diet can also make it hard to concentrate. Feeling hungry is uncomfortable, and is the body’s way of saying that we need nutrients and energy. This sensation takes over almost all of our cognitive resources, making it very difficult to concentrate. Lack of nutrients can also affect how the brain works.
- Worry. When you spend too much time worrying about something, you will have a harder time thinking about something that isn’t your main preoccupation.
- Physical pain. You may see that you have a harder time concentrating if your in pain, either due to an injury or chronic pain.
- Medication and drugs. Some medications may cause a lack of concentration, and drugs deteriorate our cognitive function and the brain.
- Environment. The people and places that surround you can play a role in how well you’re able to concentrate. If there are a lot of distractions, you’re more likely to get distracted and lose concentration.
- Your personal ability to concentrate. There are some people who are able to concentrate better than others, and some people who have a harder time concentrating. If your one of the latter, don’t worry! There are ways to improve your concentration
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