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Sudden anxiety attack, can't focus

For no apparent reason, I am suddenly super stressed out and completely unable to concentrate on anything... [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jul 5, 2014 - 11 answers

There's never a good time

I moved and can no longer use the strategies that have helped me get through writing, for ages. I have a lot to do just now but am not in the headspace to change. This is about the regular tabacky. What's as good as nicotine for writing, and similar in use factors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Delaying instant gratification

How do ignore cravings or ideas that seem urgent and focus on the task at hand? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on May 25, 2014 - 10 answers

O.O

How do you deal with increasing anxiety and distraction at work caused by someone behind you who can see your monitor and generally watch you work all day? I am not goofing off, but I do use my computer heavily and variously and feel as though they are often watching me. They have never commented on what's on my screen, but other people stopping by their desk have. It has me to where I concentrate my windows so my body blocks line of sight, and I am endlessly distracted by it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2014 - 17 answers

Focusing on work

It is very difficult for me to focus when I have any problems at all. Sitting around alone in silence doesn't work for me! What might? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Everything is loud and I hate it.

I live in Palo Alto and find it impossible to concentrate and get anything done in public, my office being the only exception I've found. My apartment has single-pane windows and faces a busy street. I can hear traffic, car stereos, and even loud sidewalk conversations really, really well. The cafes where I can actually get a seat are also super-loud. I am picking up 77-80 dB on my phone mic at La Boulange right now, even when no music is playing. It is unbearable. Where can I find respite (defined as being able to concentrate, read, and work on a laptop) within 30 minutes of downtown PA via some combination of bike, bus, and Caltrain? (Do not suggest headphones or earplugs.)
posted by Nomyte on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

How to snap out of it/ concetrate on work?

What are practical tips for keeping my mind on tasks at hand rather than other things? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Dec 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Resources for learning to learn more effectively?

I'm looking for resources for evidence-based processes, tips, hacks, improvements, ideas, etc., for learning more effectively. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

How do you block gmail through etc/hosts?

Most "distracting" sites I can block by an entry in my etc/hosts file (Mac OSX 10.8.2). e.g.: 127.0.0.1 plus.google.com But this method doesn't seem to be able to block gmail. [more inside]
posted by tomargue on May 16, 2013 - 5 answers

what music to put in background when working/incrs. concentration/studyg

what music to put in background when working / to increase concentration / while studying I get bored a lot when working and get also distracted easily by outside noises. I'm looking for non-distracting music to put in the background. I'm familiar with iMusic. And there's some classical. Any further suggestions?
posted by earthwalker7 on Apr 25, 2013 - 28 answers

How to focus when my asthma inhaler makes me jittery and distracted?

After 8-9 months of escalating breathing problems, I saw a pulmonologist this week and was diagnosed with mild persistent asthma. He gave me a Dulera inhaler, to be used 2x daily. It's a mix of a corticosteroid and a long-acting bronchodilator (formoterol fumarate). It's definitely helping my breathing! But the bronchodilator is giving me serious jitters -- usually starting a few hours after I use the inhaler. When this feeling comes on, my hands shake, my body feels weird, and I have a hard time focusing on mental tasks. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Mar 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Getting 70% Isopropyl Alcohol down to exactly 50% based on a 32oz bottle

For one of the steps to a science project, I need to take a 32oz bottle of drugstore 70% isopropyl alcohol and reduces down to 50% by adding distilled water. Can anyone tell me how many ounces of water I would need to add to the 32oz bottle of isopropyl to make it 50% alcohol? The mathematical formula would be helpful if it's easy enough to calculate in the future. Thank you.
posted by orehek on Feb 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Non-drug strategies for improving concentration when depressed?

Due to depression, I'm having a lot of trouble concentrating at work. Are there non-drug strategies that I can try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2012 - 22 answers

Do I need to be medicated or am I just a lazyass?

Should I maybe get evaluated for ADD or ADHD? [more inside]
posted by hegemone on Oct 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Help with focus when reading dull, dry, and lengthy scientific papers or texts please. Yet another attention deficit question.

How do I maintain my focus and make sure my comprehension is maximized when reading (required) heavy or something I don't find terribly interesting? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 18, 2012 - 26 answers

I want to read novels like they're visual novels! Without making them visual or anything.

The Internet having destroyed my abilities of concentration, I'm looking for anything, preferably a web app, that can help me read large texts, like novels on a sentence-by-sentence basis. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on May 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Introduce me to meditation properly

I'm curious about meditating, but I don't really know where to begin. Further, I hear there are different types of meditation out there. Is there a difference between the effect of each type? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Mar 5, 2012 - 26 answers

I can't pay attention if paying attention makes me sleep!

Does this happen to anyone else: Long periods of concentration result in a creeping headache that eventually prevents me from functioning until I can take a nap. If so, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Feb 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Computer! Make me a better person!

What apps do you use to help you stay focused on work? I'm looking for Mac and web apps. I don't have clinically diagnosable ADHD, but I'm curious about what's out there and can certainly use the help sometimes.
posted by ignignokt on Feb 9, 2012 - 18 answers

I need a manual override for my brain.

ADHD sufferers and busy types in general: how do you handle the mental transitioning between different projects, or areas of your life? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I relearn how to focus? How do I relearn how to learn?

How do I get back into the swing of programming and coding regularly when I can't concentrate and can't find the motivation? Long, continuing illness has made me out of practice and lacking in energy and concentration. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 28, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise?

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Dec 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Can you help me diagnose this odd health issue?

Can you help me diagnose this weird medical medical problem? I occasionally feel temporarily faint, dizzy, unable to concentrate. [more inside]
posted by denverco on Nov 25, 2011 - 28 answers

Body to Tired for Brain to Work

I started a very tiring full-time job for the Christmas season 2 weeks ago, and need hacks to help me concentrate on the college courses I'm taking during nights and weekends. [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Nov 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Discernment for the People-Oriented Free Spirits

Are there any ENFPs (Myers-Briggs Type) medical doctors out there with advice on how to get through all of the mundane, logical coursework that prerequisites and medical school classes entail? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Aug 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Help Me Focus?

Any recommndations for an herbal/OTC concentration aid that does NOT increase blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Jul 8, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I focus without music?

How do I concentrate without music playing? I usually listen to music when I work, but lately I can't do that. Are there any other ways to stay focused? My job requires me to be online, so staying offline isn't an option.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jun 23, 2011 - 11 answers

An alternative to snacking

Is there an alternative to snacking that one can do while they focus on something else? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Apr 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Which ADHD med won't cause anxiety?

What's a focus-enhancing ADHD medication that won't cause anxiety or make me feel "out of it" the way caffeine does? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Apr 19, 2011 - 21 answers

What famous author suggested writing in public to get ideas and/or improve concentration?

What famous author said that he liked writing in public places for ideas and/or training concentration? [more inside]
posted by vincentv on Mar 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I be on meds?

Caffeine helps me to be optimistic, positive, and productive at work. Unfortunately, it's also fantastically addictive, and disrupts basically every important bodily process that I have. Should I talk to a psychiatrist about trying some kind of prescription stimulant? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Sep 14, 2010 - 46 answers

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me.

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 25, 2010 - 21 answers

How do I improve my ability to read?

How do I improve my ability to read? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Jul 6, 2010 - 16 answers

How to block out unwanted sounds?

How can I block out unwanted sounds? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower on Jun 9, 2010 - 6 answers

How to avoid being sucked into Wikipedia?

Being sucked into Wikipedia keeps happening to me. What to do? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Apr 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Look great! Feel awful!

How Do I Gym? So, I got a few free months at a local gym and I'm making myself go three times a week but I'm having a few issues relating to concentration and mood. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 17, 2010 - 26 answers

Girls will call a stud with big sensual appetite!

Is there such a thing as a natural inability to fantasize? [more inside]
posted by opossumnus on Dec 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Hell is thinking about other people.

Since childhood I've been a rather sensitive and justice-obsessed person, but also pretty interested in / attentive to the well-being and inner lives of other people. But I feel increasingly drained. In my field of work there is a lot of getting-ahead through nepotism/ingratiation rather than ability/ passion/effort, and it bothers me. In my life I have people whom I generally like and have opened up to, but who, at critical junctures, exhibit such self-absorption that I'm left feeling not only outraged but injured. I want to change the intensity and duration of my reaction to these things, as it's a huge waste of time, and sometimes upsets my own self-esteem. Please help me stop thinking about other people without becoming alienated and alienating.
posted by taramosalata on Nov 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Privacy in Public

Where are some good spots in public where I can get privacy? [more inside]
posted by bobertdude on Nov 15, 2009 - 32 answers

Egocentricity/Self-absorbtion

Does anyone have any experience with self-absorption/egocentricity? I've been noticing the fact that whenever I'm talking with others, I tend to bring the conversation around to myself. I keep telling myself not to talk about myself, but people ask questions and when they do I tend to fall for it every time. How do you make conversations with others and build friendships without talking about yourself? [more inside]
posted by Garden on Nov 14, 2009 - 23 answers

All of a sudden, everybody wants to open a day spa catering exclusively to hedgehogs

How do I stop noticing what everyone else is doing and concentrate on what I'm doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 - 5 answers

The more I'm in school, the less I study.

I can't or won't study. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by Ouisch on Oct 7, 2009 - 34 answers

are there legal substances that mimic (some of) the effects of cocaine?

are there legal substances that mimic (some of) the effects of cocaine? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 30, 2009 - 31 answers

Gaaaaaaaaaaah brain huuuuurts.

How can I extend my concentration for longer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 - 12 answers

I can't stop sleeping!!!

Why am I always soo tired?? [more inside]
posted by happydude123 on Jul 13, 2009 - 25 answers

I was born in Dusseldorf and that is why they call me Rolf

What Nazi concentration camp should I visit near Dusseldorf? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jul 10, 2009 - 3 answers

My mind wanders too much. What's worked for you to make it stop?

My mind wanders too much. What's worked for you to make it stop? [more inside]
posted by jabronimus on Jun 3, 2009 - 23 answers

How to focus when severely depressed?

How can I focus when severely depressed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 - 27 answers

Can I chew away my ADHD?

Should I take nicorette gum for my ADHD? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Mar 16, 2009 - 22 answers

How long is the average attention span?

What is considered a reasonable amount of time to be able to concentrate on one task? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Feb 28, 2009 - 8 answers

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