Your Attention To Detail

What Causes Poor Attention To Detail?

Poor attention to detail can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose poor attention to detail, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "poor attention to detail" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • ADHD
  • Stress

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
recent job/career changes
being easily irritated
recent death of a loved one
being able to stay up late
physical punishment during childhood
frequent racing thoughts
high diastolic blood pressure
angry/hostile disposition
lower back pain
being impulsive/spontaneous
an average-stress lifestyle
regular nightmares
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of poor attention to detail:
Cause Probability Status
Stress 98% Confirm
ADHD 73% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Mind Health section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about your attention to detail:
Are you a perfectionist, paying close attention to detail?
Possible responses:
→ No, I am disorderly/imprecise and rush things
→ Average / don't know
→ Yes, I am very detail oriented, slow and careful
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either paying poor attention to detail or paying great attention to detail, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Stress

Not only can poor attention to detail be a sign of stress, but so can its exact opposite, being a perfectionist.

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