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28 Jan 2004

Concentration
Hi there


I was just wondering what the reasons would be behind poor concentration skills, and how this could be improved.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear Howdy,
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by 'concentration skills". Let me explain myself. There is a general feature of the function of our brains, by which we can "concentrate" --- to focus our attention on a specific task of topic for long enough to achieve useful results, without excessive mind-wandering or distraction. many different factors can reduce our ability to do this, including physical illnesses, ( try a fever, for instance !) ; and psychiatric illnesses, like depression and stressful anxiety.
Also relevant to our ability to deal with tasks and sudies are some specific skills, epending on the task --- problem-solving skills, for instance, in being able to recognize that there is a problem, usefully define what it is, recognize alternative approaches to it, recognize what information we ned to choose a good solution, getting the information, and ten using it to select and formulate the best response to the problem ; and similarly, study skills.
So, if one has poor general concentration abilities, especially if these have recently declined, i'ts worth having a good physical and psych checkup with your doctor, to rule out problems which would benefit from treatment. If it's more an issue of poor problem-solving and/or study skills, then one needs to see a counsellor, to work on developing whatever skills are identified as lacking.
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