What are Concentration Problems?
Concentration is one of the most powerful mental tools at our disposal, and yet, so few people actually know how to use it to its full potential.
Essentially, concentration is the ability to focus your attention on a task at hand while blocking out other distracting or unrelated stimuli, this includes insignificant sounds or visual input and most importantly, wandering or irrelevant thoughts.
When concentration is at optimal levels, we find our work is easier, more readily remembered, takes less time and we tend to make fewer mistakes.
Generally, a good movie or a great novel is interesting, packed with visual and audio stimuli (which often drowns out surrounding sights and sounds), and requires little effort or skill to pay close attention.
Oftentimes, it is difficult to focus our attention when the material is uninteresting or complex, when there is some physically discomfort, when there is an emotional distraction like sadness or irritability, or when there are auditory or visual distractions.
This is because a person's sustainable level of concentration is dependent on a combination of the following factors:
dedication or commitment to the task at hand
interest in the task
skill and ability to perform the task
a content emotional and physical state
an appropriate environment with few distractions
Once a these factors are carefully balanced, it becomes easier for the mind to focus its attention on a select few stimuli, and block out unwanted or irrelevant thoughts.
While this process may not last very long at first, with practice and a few concentration techniques concentration can be improved.
What Causes Concentration Problems?
It is important to understand the difficulties that prevent concentration before we attempt to improve it.
Each individual is different, some things may hinder one person's ability to concentrate but not bother another. Nonetheless, concentration can be seriously reduced by the wide variety of distractions caused by both internal and external sources.
Help for Concentration Problems
Concentration problems are often treated using conventional prescription medications such as stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta, as well as the non-stimulant drug Strattera.
While there is a place for prescription medication in certain cases of hyperactivity, careful consideration and caution should be taken regarding possible side effects.
There are also alternative treatment options available for treating adults with hyperactivity. Making simple changes in diet, sleep, exercise and routine can help. Even trying more involved approaches like incorporating relaxation therapies ranging from guided imagery, to meditation techniques and yoga can be beneficial.
There are also many herbal and homeopathic remedies which can help maintain harmony, health and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system, without side effects or sedation. These products are known for their supportive function in maintaining brain, nervous system and circulatory health, and wellbeing.