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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-27-2010, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Can't concentrate/and fidgety


I've been down a few times recently. I've found if I try to distract myself away from being down and do something I like doing. Like cross stitching or watching tv or reading a book. I find I can only do it for so long. I can't concentrate properly on the film or what I am reading or if I am doing a craft like cross stitching, I do it for a little while, then I get up and have to walk around, because I can't concentrate.
My mind is preoccupied with other stuff. I'm always worrying about something. I can't relax and shut off and do things I enjoy. It's like I've got a short attention span or something, no motivation and I get fidgety. Is there a name for something like this? I also find I spend more time on the computer, more than doing anything else.

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I understand. I am consently having to do other things while I'm doing something else. I haveto be reading a book while the TV is on, or I knit while I'm on the internet, or I play with my hair if there is nothing else to do. I can't hold still for long periods of time at all. This is troublesome for me because I'm a writer, and I have to be able to focus and concentrate. I understand your pain. I don't know how to fix it, but I thought it would nice tocommiserate. I was diagnoised with ADD, if that helps.

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I am like this.

I've been thinking I should try to work on improving my attention span by practicing trying to force myself to work at tasks for gradually increasing lengths of time. About six years ago I was really disappointed with my inability to finish a book, so I spent a month just working on trying to read. It was very slow-going and I was never able to read for more than a few minutes at a time without getting distracted one way or another, but at least since I kept redirecting my attention to the words I was able to eventually get through the books (about nine of them that month). I managed to keep reading at a rate of a little under a book per week for a couple of years after that. I am back to hardly reading and not finishing anything I start now.
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I've had problems like that all my life. I was literally the kid who couldn't do something for more then 30 minutes. I still am I kind of way.

I have no problem focusing on thing I'm really interested in. I can read a good book for hours without stopping but I cant work for more then 30 minutes without diverting my attention to something useless...

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I used to be hyperactive and misbehaved at home when I was younger.

I guess it is just depression now though.

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I have never been diagnosed with ADD, but I think I have had this problem for several years (not being able to stay focused on daily tasks at my apartment). I never had this problem to this extent before. I am seeking out help with my family and medical appointment after appointment it seems.

I have a lot of energy, I just tend to use it on things that stimulate learning, lol. The computer is a source for information at your fingertips and mine. I believe that it has also hindered my social interaction with people. I love and hate the raging computer machines, lol.

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i'm working on making fidget jewelry, would you use this? https://www.instagram.com/artbylenafh/
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