Do you have counselling? I find it helps clear the clutter that is stopping me from concentrating.
Also maybe ask about relaxation techniques as anxiety will deffinitely impede on your concentration - if you worry that your going to do poorly you are more likely to fail , you need to get that confidence in yourself back.
Hope I've helped a little , take care.
Thank you ALL for much needed encouragement! I am finally taking large chunks out of the literature for my topic and outlining important points in a way that I can best sift through and decipher the information. The aims and background and significance for our proposals are the only things due this Monday, but I feel I procrastinated for so long, partially out of intimidation and frustration, and partially b/c of medical concerns with having to do a sleep study and see several different drs. I might have to pull an all nighter, but I will get this done. My biggest problem now is not lack of concentration, but developing perfectionistic lists for myself of how many articles I feel I MUST read before going ahead and writing. Thank you wmnak, for making me feel better! It was nice to hear your perspective. My professor is nice, but my major is nutrition, and the professors are so focused on making clinical dietitians out of us, that I feel some of them (not all), feel it is unacceptable for us to have mental problems when we will be out there treating patients. Perhaps this an unfounded assumption on my part, and maybe I am not giving her enough credit, I am just especially afraid of talking to her about it as she was going over the Dietitian Code of Ethics the other day which includes a section discouraging mental problems. I decided that was ludicrous, as there are definitely doctors even, with mental health problems out there, many of whom are very compassionate. This professor just happens to be really focused on research and seems sort of detached from the reality of the profession, and even told me that my proposal would do better to focus solely on clinical nutrition (I'm doing something on eating disorders), and not dip into the behavioral realm, which apparantly she thinks is not within the spectrum of a dietitian's expertise. I feel that eating is ENTIRELY behavioral, and was surprised by her point of view, but overall, I do not think she wants me to fail, I just felt discouraged by her comments, combined with lack of sleep and mental confusion. Knock on wood, the writer's block is a little better. Thanks everyone for your comments, they helped ground me a little, and now I feel I can get through this!