How long can you concentrate and pay attention?

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24 Jul 2010, 2:48 am

Sora wrote:
A) How long is your felt concentration span?

--- I am ADHD Inattentive. My normal ADHD Inattentive attention span is about 15 seconds and shifts four times a minute (involuntarily). - pgd

B) How long can you pay attention to an everyday situation?

--- I am very sensitive in a positive way to both coffee and caffeine. The right FDA approved caffeine medicine (contains caffeine - 100 mg)(not a cure) allows me to pay attention far better for about four hours - then the caffeine slowly exits my system and the improvement disappears. Caffeine works, for me, for my ADHD Inattentive (not a cure) far better than stronger stimulants - alerting agents - such as Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Adderall XR. - pgd

I do not want to influence anyone who posts but is unsure about this, so I'll not say anything yet.



Paying Attention vs Inattention
Reduced Distraction vs Distracted
Sustained Attention vs Short Attention Span
Temporarily Improved Short-Term Memory vs Unreliable, Fickle Short-Term Memory
More On Task vs Off Task (Paying Attention) (Memory) (Auditory Processing and ADHD - ADD) (For some users, not everyone, coffee jump-starts short-term memory)(not a cure)

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24 Jul 2010, 3:23 am

If it's a matter of internally working out a problem, my focus opperates on the scale of years. As far as normal, external tasks are concerned, I appear to be more patient than the average person. I have difficulty focusing on emotional cues, though.

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25 Jul 2010, 5:53 am

Like many said before, if I am very interested I have a difficult (almost impossible) time tearing myself away. If it's boring or confusing I start to feel sleepy.


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25 Jul 2010, 10:21 am

My memory tends to be shoddy at times..