katuchi asks:

How to increase concentration power?

i m a mbbs student recently......gone through a episode of depression . but noe i think i m feeling llil better.
but now as i m a student biggest problem is concentration
i m not able to concentrate......  how can increase my concentration so as to study ........and my exams are near....only one month left......... what can i do to concentrate......plz suggest
Member Added on Mar 19, 2010
when i sit to study ...................i keep thinking abt hell lot of things
my speed has decresed and i have started forgetting things very early its what i noticed
and interest in studies is decreasing day by day ..........just fearing now........ concentration is bery very weak ...... how can i improve it
In Topics: Cognitive development, Motivation and achievement at school, Teen issues
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What the Expert Says:

Make sure you are getting enough sleep every night.  Lack of sleep can cause decreased energy and concentration, and can contribute to feelings of   depression.  You do not mention your age, but if you are a teenager you should be getting close to 9 hours of sleep each night, while adults usually require 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

One study on sleep and it’s effects on concentration recommends that if you have a test in the morning, read and study the materials before you go to sleep for the night.  There is a theory that your brain stores the information overnight and in the morning when you are relaxed and refreshed, you will recall the information better than if you were to wake up early to cram for the test.  

If you continue to struggle with concentration and feel depressed, please make sure to speak with your doctor or therapist about your options.   Sometimes talk therapy alone is enough but other times talk therapy along with antidepressants is the most effective way to treat depression.   It has been stated that depression is very treatable.  And many times when depression is treated, concentration will increase and the person will feel more focused and in control of their life.

Please feel free to contact our Hotline at our toll-free number, or through one of our websites.  Crisis counselors are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to listen and to help teens and young adults with many different issues and situations.

Take care and best wishes to you!
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dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi Katuchi,

Welcome back to JustAsk! Glad to hear that you're feeling better, but please do consult a counselor or mental health professional about the depression you've experienced (if you aren't already getting in-person help for maintaining emotional health well-being).

Regarding concentration, you previously received some great tips from a teacher here: http://www.education.com/question/mbbs-student-concentrate-study-alot/

Some additional information for test preparation is here: http://www.education.com/topic/test-prep/

If neither of the above meet your current need, please add more information to your question so that members of the JustAsk community can best answer your question. Thank you!
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