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Have Trouble Focusing? It Might Be Connected to Mental And Behavioral Health

Updated: Jul 30

Everyone zones out from time to time. However, it’s important to note when difficulty focusing is a sign of a behavioral health issue. This guide will outline some common causes of poor focus and what you can do to concentrate more easily.

Difficulty focusing can take on many forms. You might lose focus while at work or get distracted while reading a book. Some people may fidget throughout the day, have difficulty making decisions, or feel unable to think clearly.


In some cases, these concentration challenges are a sign of poor habits. However, they can also be linked to your mental and behavioral health. Here are some of the conditions that may cause poor concentration:


  • ADHD: About 4-5% of U.S. adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and difficulty concentrating is a common symptom.

  • Anxiety: If you’re living with anxiety, you might feel that your mind races or you zone out completely. This can make it difficult to focus.

  • Depression: Individuals with depression may have difficulty processing information and concentrating on the task in front of them.

  • Insomnia: A full night of sleep is key to your ability to concentrate, so a lack of sleep can affect focus.


Other causes of poor concentration might include drug abuse, restless leg syndrome, high stress, and hunger. Conditions like epilepsy and concussions may also make it difficult to focus. Lastly, those who have experienced past traumas often find it challenging to concentrate as well.


It’s important to keep in mind that poor concentration may be linked to behavioral health and lifestyle factors. However, the best way to know for sure is to see a psychologist who can perform a psychological testing appointment to determine the cause of your focus issues and recommend a solution.

If you’re having difficulty concentrating, you may be hesitant to seek help. Some people think that willpower and more discipline might solve the issue. However, this isn’t true when there’s a behavioral or mental health cond

ition involved. Many individuals will need a more specific diagnosis and treatment plan to move forward.


In general, you should seek help from a mental health professional if your inability to concentrate affects your everyday life. This could include your work performance, cleanliness, relationships, and general sense of well being. No effect is too small.


When you reach out, a counselor can take a look at your concentration issues, as well as other adjacent symptoms, and pinpoint the root cause. This could be a mental health condition or lifestyle factor. Either way, a counselor in Denver can work with you on a tailored treatment plan to get your concentration back on track. Whether you attend regular therapy appointments or take medication for ADHD, you can take steps to gradually improve overall focus.


If you are having difficulty concentrating in your daily life, the therapists and psychiatrists at The Collective are available to help. Our mental and behavioral health professionals are committed to treating each client as an individual and creating custom treatment plans through individual counseling, group therapy, medication management, and more. Contact our Denver behavioral health center to request a free evaluation today.



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The Collective is partnered with several insurance providers to make our services more accessible to you. You can verify your insurance through our website before scheduling an appointment.

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