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Old 12-19-2011, 06:33 AM   #1
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Weak attention span/ skills problem

I have always had an attention problem but the doctor we went to confirmed that I was not in the ADD/ADHD category but have been treated for bi-polar disorder for the last ten years. For the past one and a half years, I have been trying to improve my attention span with the brain gym and have succeeded. However, I still have difficulty in doing day to day tasks which earlier I used to think was because of lapses of concentration. I am clumsy and erratic in balancing cheque books, writing a cheque(make lots of mistakes), arranging my things, doing my own things while on a trip etc. I am a writer and a poet and though I can write well on Intellectual subjects for management and spiritual magazines , my fluid intelligence skills are poor which can be both embarrassing and irritating. It is like having exalted skills and not having humble skills somewhat like the absent minded professors/ famous scientists.I would say that I am a man of letters but a very poor man about the house which is more of a necessity in day to day life.

As stated earlier, my attention has improved considerably but I still struggle doing day to day tasks which I cannot do swiftly and smartly-physical clumsiness. Should I consult an occupational therapist for this or is there any other way?

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Old 12-20-2011, 05:12 PM   #2
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Re: Weak attention span/ skills problem

Was the doctor who "confirmed you were not in the ADD/ADHD category" experienced in treating ADD?

 
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:00 AM   #3
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Re: Weak attention span/ skills problem

Yes, she was a qualified psychiatrist and she confirmed that I had bipolar disorder in which many people have attention problems. The brain gym has solved the cognitive aspect as I have been getting 98 percentile for the past six months.(There are 14 million gym members).

My attention problem is more or less solved but the clumsiness has not gone. Does one go to an occupational therapist for such problems is what I want to ask.

 
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Re: Weak attention span/ skills problem

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Yes, she was a qualified psychiatrist and she confirmed that I had bipolar disorder in which many people have attention problems. The brain gym has solved the cognitive aspect as I have been getting 98 percentile for the past six months.(There are 14 million gym members).

My attention problem is more or less solved but the clumsiness has not gone. Does one go to an occupational therapist for such problems is what I want to ask.
I'm not familiar with the health care system where you are.
Here I had to go to my neurologist or GP to get a referral to see a physical therapist.
They helped me to improve my posture as well as my knee cap tracking.
Fixing those two things (for different reasons) help me function better daily.
BUT....in order for me to continue to function....I need to maintain an almost daily ROUTINE of exercise....especially STRETCHING for flexibility..."strengthening" to keep muscles in good health to maintain gains in form and posture...also it helps with reflexes I have found over time if done with CARDIO exercise regularly...

I imagine OT would probably tell you something similar...maybe just get yourself a personal trainer?

Or see a neurologist to rule out any neurological imbalances?

Hope that helps

 
Old 12-22-2011, 10:39 PM   #5
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Re: Weak attention span/ skills problem

Stretching is a good idea as it promotes a sense of general well being. In winters however, one tends to do more range of motion exercises or calisthenics to remain warmed up.

Since you have mentioned the word Stretching, in 1995, I read in the Encyclopedia of mental ailments for homeopathy about some soft and empty feeling in the brain. I did have something like that but did not take cognizance of it till then. The homeopathic and other doctors also told me to ignore it saying that the whole brain is spongy and soft. I ignored it for 8 years but since then, I have to keep that soft spot stretched all the time or otherwise the feeling comes back(This soft sport is somewhere near the crown chakra or the back of the head). If anybody knows about it, I would appreciate on how to get rid of that soft feeling permanently.

The main problem is not being able to do normal tasks swiftly and smartly like normal people. As I already play Tennis and do strength training exercises regularly, I don't think a physical trainer is needed. Supposing an absent minded professor wanted to get rid of his clumsiness with things, where would he go? Meditation and conscious living can take care of the absent mindedness but what about clumsiness? Career specialists tend to ask "Are you good with numbers, words, data, people or things?" How does one become smart with things as that is a basic necessity and not being so can be quite embarrassing compared to the others. {people,numbers etc)

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:19 PM   #6
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Re: Weak attention span/ skills problem

Since I wrote the first post, I came across something called Non verbal learning disorder. These are the symptoms:-

Great vocabulary and verbal expression
Excellent memory skills
Attention to detail, but misses the big picture
Trouble understanding reading
Difficulty with math, especially word problems
Poor abstract reasoning
Physically awkward; poor coordination
Messy and laborious handwriting
Concrete thinking; taking things very literally
Trouble with nonverbal communication, like body language, facial expression and tone of voice
Poor social skills; difficulty making and keeping friends
Fear of new situations
Trouble adjusting to changes
May be very naÔve and lack common sense
Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem

A majority of these would apply to me but I want to focus on physically awkward;poor coordination. Supposing this is there without any disability- what does one do then? Which doctor should one consult?

 
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