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picard
12-15-11, 12:40 PM
I have poor concentration due to depression. I am currently taking Citalopham.

Does anyone have suggestion as to how I can improve my concentration ?

O'Doyle
12-17-11, 09:11 PM
Citalopram isn't going to do much if you have a dopamine or norepinephrine deficiency, I'm afraid.

Doc's got me on Citalopram to handle the med roller-coaster (Ritalin, cow-orbiting dose 4x/day) and some depression/anxiety comorbid with my ADD.

are you on ADHD meds too? Or just the Citalopram?

~OD

picard
12-18-11, 11:55 AM
Citalopram isn't going to do much if you have a dopamine or norepinephrine deficiency, I'm afraid.

Doc's got me on Citalopram to handle the med roller-coaster (Ritalin, cow-orbiting dose 4x/day) and some depression/anxiety comorbid with my ADD.

are you on ADHD meds too? Or just the Citalopram?

~OD

I am also taking clonozapham for anxiety

O'Doyle
12-19-11, 04:14 AM
yeah, neither of those are going to deal with any ADHD symptoms. In fact, they're liable to make concentration worse: if you genuinely have ADHD, both of those meds will lower your anxiety level - which is what you've been using your whole life to accomplish anything...


Maybe ask pdoc for ritalin?

Magicwithin
12-29-11, 09:49 AM
You should definitely read a bit about Escitalopram, my medication. It is an updated version of the same drug basically, but with the difference that it is used to treat and/or reduce symptoms of not only depression and anxiety, but specific syndromes like GAD, OCD, Social anxiety etc.

I am suffering from a few conditions, and I have noticed it helps me with everything really. As with everything, and as with SSRIs in particular, please remember that it will not be a sudden change, or a miracle cure in short term- like benzos might feel like for some people.

Regarding concentration, There is an amazing amount of information on the web how to improve this. I would strongly recommend you to try to simply search online...
However, some personal tips>
* Do ONE THING at the time. Multitasking is not working with ADD nor depression
* Start making to-do lists, and get rid of all your anxious "musts" - at least get them out of your head
* Either start meditating a short 5-minute period per day, and/or try basic mindfulness

Basic meditation: http://www.wikihow.com/Meditate - ignore rules how to sit, lie down if you want, although - keeping straight back helps
Basic excellent source of mindfulness: http://lauraschenck.com/mindfulness-and-acceptance/top-10-basic-mindfulness-exercises-part-one

Another thing is: Eat healthier. Just skip the fatty chips and eat more apples. Concentration depends a lot (much more than you will ever realize) on food.

The last and most important tip is: Work out 20 minutes minimum a day, every day. I do not care what you do, and no one else does either. But if you have ADD; you should try finding something fun, so you stick with it. After just 3 times, I can guarantee you will feel a serenity and calm which you have not felt in a long time. I will keep repeating this every post I make I think, because never in my life did I consider workout helped me as much as I have realized it does. It affects EVERYTHING for me.
I would very very strongly recommend these 2 fun videos you can do at home (do it twice, so you have 20 minutes), and do it at your own pace. Do NOT overdo it, or you will never feel like working out again lol :
First vid: http://youtu.be/ZlX_Gy4HP2E
Second vid: http://youtu.be/M38HDCGmhm4 (so easy and efficient!)

* Do not do too much things, limit yourself so you do not feel overwhelmed or forced to do stuff. Not everyone has the energy of superman, really - it is true.
* Do not inside and think, nothing good comes from this. Do things, and enjoy the moment you are in.

Take care, Let me know what helped.
/Dennis