Concentrtion or easily distracted problems

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   Posted 4/7/2017 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   

When I speak to someone and see movement in the background or the person I speak to makes a movent I look at the movement they are making.

Tim Tam
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   Posted 4/7/2017 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
You said in your second post:

“When I speak to someone and see movement in the background or the person I speak to makes a movent I look at the movement they are making.”

You said in your 1st post:

“Is there anyone with similar symptoms. It feels if I have increased vision alertness. When I see movement in my peripheral vision I cant let it pàss I follow the movement with my eyes.”

In response to that it was noted:

“For the next med you said you were taking, "Rivotril," two of the side effects concerned the eyes:

• 1. "Double vision."

2."Jerky movements of the eyes (nystagmus)."

That to me seems to correspond with the problem you said you were having with your eyes”

So it could be the medicine you are taking, “Rivotril.”

It was also noted that:

“You wondered if anyone else had such eye experiences, mentioning that you had epilepsy.

“There is also an "Epilepsy" forum on this same website, not far from this "Bipolar" forum.”

“I'd think you would want to check that, too.”

Have you looked at the “Epilepsy” forum on this website?

In your most recent post, you said:

“When I speak to someone and see movement in the background or the person I speak to makes a movent I look at the movement they are making.”

There is a condition called, “Learning Disability.” My now deceased wife, who was a school teacher, said she believed I had that.

Under website,, it says:

What are learning disabilities?

general term that describes specific kinds of learning problems. A learning disability can cause a person to have trouble learning and using certain skills. The skills most often affected are:

• reading,
• writing,

• listening,

• speaking,
• reasoning, and
• doing math.

Learning disabilities (LD) vary from person to person. \ One person may have trouble with reading and writing. Another person with learning disabilities may have problems with understanding math. Still another person may have trouble in each of these areas, as well as with understanding what people are saying.

Researchers think that learning disabilities are caused by differences in how a person's brain works and how it processes information.

Children with learning disabilities are not "dumb" or "lazy." In fact, they usually have average or above average intelligence. Their brains just process information differently.


In the title of your post you wrote:

"concentration or easily distracted"

There is a condition (which is not outgrown) called:

"Attention-Deficit Disorder"

and is talked about in ""

ADD is officially called Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or AD/HD

These subtypes take into account that some children with AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ] have little or no trouble sitting still or inhibiting behavior, but may be predominantly inattentive and, as a result, have great difficulty getting or staying focused on a task or activity.

Others with AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ] may be able to pay attention to a task but lose focus because they may be predominantly hyperactive-impulsive and, thus, have trouble controlling impulse and activity.

What Are the Signs of AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ]?

As can be seen, the primary features associated with the disability are inattention,hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

A child with AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ] is usually described as having a short attention span and as being distractible. In actuality, distractibility and inattentiveness are not synonymous.

Distractibility refers to the short attention span and the ease with which some children can be pulled off-task. Attention, on the other hand, is a process that has different parts. We focus (pick something on which to pay attention), we select (pick something that needs attention at that moment) and we sustain (pay attention for as long as is needed).

We also resist (avoid things that remove our attention from where it needs to be), and we shift (move our attention to something else when needed).

When we refer to someone as distractible, we are saying that a part of that person's attention process is disrupted. Children with AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ] can have difficulty with one or all parts of the attention process. Some children may have difficulty concentrating on tasks (particularly on tasks that are routine or boring).

Others may have trouble knowing where to start a task. Still others may get lost in the directions along the way. A careful observer can watch and see where the attention process breaks down for a particular child.

Symptoms of inattention, as listed in the DSM-IV, are:*

• often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities;
• often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities;
• often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly;
• often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions);
• often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities;
• often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework);
• often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments,pencils, books, or tools);
• is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli;
• is often forgetful in daily activities.
* (American Psychiatric Association, 1994

Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 4/7/2017 11:53:11 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/10/2017 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Peugeot,

With Bipolar, one can be easily distracted with some short periods of very focused attention. Usually in the stage of mania, one can become easily distracted.

I found a great article on this. See link below:

I hope you find it interesting and helpful too.

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