Focus Is Hard When You Live with Mental Illness

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Learn how mental illness affects concentration and the ability to focus and what you can do about it. Read more on HealthyPlace.

Focus Is Hard When You Live with Mental Illness

Mental illness disrupts our ability to focus. This isn’t surprising, as mental illness affects the brain, the hub of focus and concentration. Different mental illnesses affect the brain differently, so problems focusing don’t look the same for everyone.

This sampling highlights different ways mental illness disrupts our attentiveness:

Your brain can learn and grow. Think of what difficulties you are having. Then, choose exercises that fit your needs:

  • Engage in physical exercise that allows you to read a book or magazine while doing it. The movement paired with a concentration activity improves focus.
  • Do short exercises a few times a day in which you concentrate on something. Gradually increase the time you spend doing this.
  • Practice mindfulness. Shift hyperfocused thoughts from your head to the concrete world, and use your senses to immerse yourself in the moment.

Knowing how your mental illness impacts your concentration allows you to create a custom plan to sharpen your focus.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How do you improve your focus and concentration when mental illness interferes? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

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If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, February 18). Focus Is Hard When You Live with Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

Last Updated: February 19, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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