Ability To Concentrate

What Causes Poor Concentration?

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

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose poor concentration, 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 concentration" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • ADHD
  • General Toxicity
  • Depression
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperthyroidism

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:
irritated eyes
hyperactivity
methamphetamine use
poor tolerance of sugars
hot flashes during & after period
difficulty falling asleep
past ecstacy use
nasal congestion
severe emotional instability
severe unresolved traumatic memories
history of tender muscles
strong appetite
... and more than 110 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 concentration:
Cause Probability Status
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 91% Confirm
Depression 18% Unlikely
General Toxicity 19% Unlikely
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
ADHD 0% Ruled out
Lack Of Sleep 0% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 0% Ruled out
* 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 Mental Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about ability to concentrate:
Do you have difficulty concentrating, keeping your attention focused? Are you easily distracted?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, it is easy for me to focus on one thing
→ Yes, slight difficulty concentrating sometimes
→ Yes, I am frequently distracted
→ Yes, it is almost impossible to focus on one thing
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either not having trouble concentrating or having trouble concentrating, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
People who are inattentive have a hard time keeping their mind on any one thing and may get bored with a task after only a few minutes.  They may give effortless, automatic attention to activities and things they enjoy but find it very difficult to focus deliberate, conscious attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new.
Fluoride Toxicity
Learning disorders, difficulty concentrating, incoherence, memory loss and confusion are all signs of fluorosis.

Related Questions

Mental Symptoms