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Difficulty in concentrating, grasping. Getting distracted easily. Is it learning disability?

I consider myself to be an intelligent person, as do others. Unfortunately, I have incredible difficulty studying at school (in year 12 right now) regardless of how motivated I think I am and how hard I try to concentrate. In the classroom I can't really follow what the teachers are saying, and when I read paragraphs I have to go over them about 3-4 times before I can actually understand/remember what is written. I also get distracted very easily especially when doing something boring; in the class I'll start talking to people or open my laptop, and at home I'll go get food or do something like patting my cats when trying to revise for a SAC.

I really don't know if I'm just extremely lazy/unmotivated or if I have a learning disability like ADD or something. Unfortunately I won't be able to pay for an answer so please only respond if that's ok, I don't want to waste your time.

Thanks in advance.
Asked On : Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
Welcome to HCM

The features like poor concentration at class, lack of interest in class, feeling lazy or tired whole day, lack of motivation, distractibility etc may be due to initial stages of depressive disorder. These type of symptoms are commonly seen in mild depression. I would recommend you to please visit a good Psychiatrist for expert opinion. Medicines like SSRI as Fluoxetine, Escitalopram, Sertaline etc are very useful in depression. Other medicines like Venlafexine, Duloxetine are also useful. Apart from medicines Cognitive Therapy is also a good alternative to medicines.

Hope it helps.
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi, MD
Answered: Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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