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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.


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Ideas:

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

http://www.waiting.com/glossarya.html (Paying Attention)
http://www.waiting.com/glossarym.html (Memory)
http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-5/auditory.htm (Auditory Processing and ADHD - ADD)
http://www.rsna.org/rsna/media/pr2005/Coffee.cfm (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..