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Attention span - December 10th 2010, 07:56 PM

I have the attention span of a small rodent :/ When I was in college if were doing anything I wasn't interested in it would just go through one ear and out the other. My Art History class was like being on Snoopy with that teacher who talks gibberish.

I can't watch a film which is any longer than an hour and a half without losing track of what's going on.

I can also stare into space for a few minutes without realising it.

I find revising really really hard, I can't fit a lot of things into my mind at once. I also remember in my English GCSE exam I nearly started crying when trying to write a short story.

Could anyone shine any light onto this? Should I tell my mental health nurse or is it somewhat normal?


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Re: Attention span - December 10th 2010, 09:05 PM

How long have been having this problem? It can be somewhat normal to daydream, but it might be something. Also, no matter what it is important to study/look at the road ECT.
   
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Re: Attention span - December 11th 2010, 08:44 PM

This happens to me too <3
   
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Re: Attention span - December 11th 2010, 09:27 PM

Oh my God...that's so weird. I came into this forum to post this exact thread. I should be writing up a lecture right now but I can only write two lines at a time before I go onto facebook and then flick off over to TH and then try to focus on my lecture but will end up doing something else. So I'm afraid I can't help you whatsoever but I can completely sympathise, and I'll let you know if I can figure out what to do!!


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Re: Attention span - December 11th 2010, 09:32 PM

have you ever thought of adhd thats what i have and the meds that thay put me on helped me a lot
   
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Re: Attention span - December 13th 2010, 03:57 PM

Hey there,

Any progress made with this in terms of any of you guys checking with some of the services your school offers? I know that my own university offers the following counseling services, for example:

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Services provided include not only life problem consultation in both crisis and ongoing modes, but also short-term, time-limited exploratory psychotherapy. Offerings include the following:
  • Evaluation of individual and family problems
  • Short-term personal counseling
  • Referrals for long-term personal counseling
  • Couples counseling, when appropriate staff is available
  • Group counseling as need is determined
  • Academic/study skills counseling
  • Limited assessment
  • Varied psychoeducational programs are offered in the form of workshops and lectures on topics of interest to our client populations.
I was thinking perhaps it might be helpful to check if your schools offer something like that, and if so, to definitely take advantage of it. Other things you may want to look into are seeing (at the appointment) if you may potentially have an attention issue that could be addressed some other way. Also, look into different study halls that your university offers. I find that I usually study better when there's a teacher watching, for some reason.

If this is something that's keeping you from performing to the best of your ability, I'd definitely do everything you can to figure it out so you can get back on track academically as soon as possible. Good luck! And hang in there - we're almost to what I hope will be a peaceful and relaxing Winter Break!



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