Many studies have shown the effectiveness of antidepressant medications and certain types of talk therapy.
Unfortunately, some of the medications used to treat depression can interfere with concentration. The same is true of
many other drugs. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to check if a medication or supplement you are taking may be
affecting your concentration.
If you suspect your meds are clouding your concentration, don't assume there are no other options. Talk to your
doctor about adjusting your dosage or switching to a different class of medication.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not just a problem for children. More than half of kids with ADHD
continue to experience symptoms as adults. The classic signs are a short attention span and trouble focusing on
If you have consistent trouble focusing, and you had attention problems as a child, ask a doctor or counselor about
ADHD. There are ways to manage the condition, including behavioral therapy and medications.
Ginseng, Fish, Berries, or Caffeine?
Listen to the buzz about foods and dietary supplements and you'll believe they can do everything from sharpen focus
and concentration, to enhance memory, attention span, and brain function.
But do they really work? There's no denying that as we age chronologically, our body ages right along with us. The
good news is that you
increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain -- if you add "smart" foods and
beverages to your diet.
Caffeine Can Make You More Alert
There's no magic bullet to boost IQ or make you smarter -- but certain substances, like caffeine, can
help you focus and concentrate. Found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications,
caffeine gives you that unmistakable wake-up buzz -- though the effects are short term. And more is often less:
Overdo it on caffeine and it can make you jittery and uncomfortable.
Sugar Can Enhance Alertness
Sugar is your brain's preferred fuel source -- not table sugar, but glucose, which your body metabolizes from the
sugars and carbohydrates you eat. That's why a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to
memory, thinking processes, and mental ability.
Consume too much, however, and memory can be impaired -- along with the rest of you. Go easy on the sugar so it
can enhance memory, without packing on the pounds.