Can't Focus

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Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Yu Shirai

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

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  • Unable to sit for a long time

  • I can't concentrate on things

  • My brain is not functioning

  • Less willpower to do things

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Poor concentration can be the inability to focus attention to a task. It can be caused by many different medical or psychiatric conditions.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Recent weight loss

  • Seizure attack

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Change in personality

  • Disorder of consciousness

Possible causes

  • Idiopathic erectile dysfunction

    Idiopathic erectile dysfunction is a sexual dysfunction where the penis fails to become or stay erect during sexual activity.

  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)

    A disease where blood sugar levels are abnormally high, due to problems with insulin production or resistance. There are often no symptoms until the condition has worsened, hence regular screening is important.

  • Sleep disorder

    Sleep disorders are conditions that affect the quality, timing or duration of your sleep, impacting your ability to function when you are awake. There are many types of sleep disorders, they include disturbances in the quality or quantity of sleep or excessive daytime sleepiness, abnormal behaviors that occur during sleep, sleep disorder related to a mental disorder and many more.

  • Schizophrenia
  • Alzheimer dementia (AD)
  • Hyperactivity disorder
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Dissociative disorder

Related serious diseases

  • Dehydration

    Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluid than you take in, and your body does not have as much water as it needs. Common causes of dehydration include inadequate intake, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Dehydration can also lead to serious complications including seizures, urinary and kidney problems.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel you have problems concentrating recently?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Do you feel tired almost every day and unmotivated to do anything?

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