What Poor Concentration Can Mean

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Poor concentration can be a sign of something serious.


The occasional lapse in concentration is perfectly normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.


However, if you find that you are regularly experiencing issues of  poor concentration or that poor concentration is starting to impact your life, you shouldn’t ignore it.

People tend to assume that poor concentration is just down to lack of sleep and, in a lot of cases, they’re right. However, there are a lot of health issues that can cause problems with your ability to concentrate.

You need to consider whether there could be something else going on. These are some of the health problems that could be causing your lack of concentration. 

Mental Health Issues


If you make it an effort to take care of your mental health, then the likelihood is that your concentration levels will be fine. However, if you neglect your mental state or suffer from a health issue that impacts mental health,  you may also struggle with poor concentration.

Depression can often cause problems with concentration, as can anxiety and stress.

In fact, any mental health problem that affects your mood or makes you feel down could impact your ability to concentrate.

You should make an effort to seek help if you think a mental health problem is the cause of your problems with concentration.

Of course, your poor concentration can be caused by something completely different. Let’s keep digging .

Hormone Imbalance


Changes to hormone levels, especially testosterone, can have a big impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. It’s natural for testosterone levels to drop as you get older and this can cause problems with concentration. However, testosterone replacement therapy treatments can address the imbalance and reduce any symptoms associated with low testosterone. This is a problem that affects women as well as men, and it is often the cause of poor concentration and lack of energy in people as they reach middle age. 


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Chronic fatigue affects a lot of people and can cause serious health problems if it isn’t treated. Symptoms include problems with concentration, as well as lack of energy, and sleep problems. It can be treated by making changes to your lifestyle or by being prescribed medication. The problem is, it can be difficult to diagnose and a lot of people just put it down to being tired because of work. If you are concerned that you may have chronic fatigue syndrome, speak to your doctor right away. 




People tend to associate ADHD with children but there are a lot of undiagnosed adults out there. ADHD can make it difficult to concentrate, especially in adults who have the hyperactive type of ADHD. The normal treatments for ADHD are stimulants but they can cause problems with concentration in some people too. If you have always found it impossible to concentrate, you should speak to your doctor about being tested for ADHD. Other symptoms to look out for include restlessness, low energy levels, and sleep problems. 


If you find it difficult to concentrate all of the time, you shouldn’t just ignore it. It could be a sign that you have one of these underlying health issues that need to be dealt with. 


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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28 thoughts on “What Poor Concentration Can Mean”

  1. Hhhhhmmmmmm….I think I suffered massive bouts of poor concentration back in my early schooling days. On reading your blog, it seems like a bit of ADHD was solely responsible for this! It makes greater sense now. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Poor concentration might sound common to us but we shouldn’t ignore it. Thank you for this. It’s important to know more about what’s causing sb’s lack of concentration

  3. I wouldn’t be so quick to point poor concentration to signs of mental health issues. People really should dive into these things for themselves, and not be pulled into fear based on others’ judgments on what could be.

  4. My younger son has ADHD and anxiety. He tends to have trouble concentrating at school lately. It’s amazing how much something that seems so small can have such an impact.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.