Lack of Concentration

Nowadays many people have trouble concentrating on one thing. In this article, read what might cause this and who might be concerned.

Common Causes of a Lack of Concentration

Remember when you were in grade school and you had a crush on some adorable classmate? All you did all day was stare into space and scribble his/her name on your notebook while the teacher stood at the front of the classroom lecturing on the important dates in history that you needed to learn for your history test. This is a lack of concentration that most of us have experienced in the past and still do under some circumstances today.


There have probably been times where you simply couldn’t get your mind on the task at hand. You may have had something else more important on your mind or simply lacked the interest in what you were trying to do to allow you to keep your focus. While this type of lack of concentration is normal for anyone, for others it can be a symptom of a medical condition.


In the same way that “flu-like symptoms” are the same for a number of different illnesses, a lack of concentration can have a lot of different causes. Most of us know how hard it is to focus on what someone is saying or on what you are trying to do when it has already been a long day and you are tired. Chronic tiredness that results from a number of different causes can cause a lack of concentration that continues for an extended period of time. Stress and anxiety can also be the culprits.


Any type of trauma to the head or an illness that affects the brain can cause a lack of concentration. While an injury is something that the individual is normally aware of, conditions like brain tumors or hematomas (blood clots) may not be immediately evident. Both prescription and illicit drugs can cause a lack of concentration for different periods after use depending on the specific drug and how long it remains in your body.


The reality is that there are actually hundreds of causes of a lack of concentration that extend from harmless, normal ones to those that are much more serious. Unfortunately, most individuals that suffer from a lack of concentration because of severe depression are not likely to seek the help they need because of their condition. It can get to the point that they sit and stare blankly at the television all day!


Another problem with the frequency you may experience a lack of concentration is that you may think you know what is causing it when, in fact, there is a much more serious reason for it. While depression is probably the most cited cause of a lack of concentration, there is no guarantee that this is the reason for yours. In fact, you may have another problem that is causing both the depression and the lack of concentration. The potential for a serious condition is significant enough that if you have a lack of concentration, it is imperative that you get examined by a physician to determine the cause.


Lack of Concentration in Children

ADHD is a condition that is frequently diagnosed in children but it also exists in adult form. A lack of concentration is one of the main symptoms in this disorder and it causes problems with the child’s performance in school. If a child is showing a constant lack of concentration and can’t focus on any task for even a short period of time, they should be evaluated to determine if they have ADHD. To learn more about the disorder, go to

A Lack of Concentration In Seniors

There was a time when loss of memory and a lack of concentration were just considered a normal part of aging. Now, a lack of concentration is considered a potential sign of Alzheimer’s when it occurs in seniors. With the advancements made in treatment for the disease, memory loss and lack of concentration can be improved or slowed down during some stages of the disease. Although there is still no test to diagnose Alzheimer’s, it can be diagnosed by eliminating the possibility of other causes. Then treatments can be used to slow its progression.

If you find that you are suffering from a lack of concentration that is frequent or persistent, it is important to discuss it with your physician. Even if you think you know what the cause is, other more serious causes should be ruled out.