Most of us can benefit from being more in control of where we direct our attention, even if we are getting along well. Some people have a more specific or serious attention difficulty. A QEEG will help determine which brainwaves should be trained to improve attention. There are patterns common amongst many who suffer from attention problems. People with attention problems often experience one or more of the following:
- Difficulty with sustaining attention, sometimes with restlessness, agitation or being ‘spaced out’ can lead people to be given diagnoses such as ADD/ADHD.
- Difficulty shifting attention can make people stubborn, obsessive and compulsive, sometimes leading to diagnoses of OCD or Oppositional Disorder.
- You may worry about certain things in a way that you can’t control.
- Anxiety and difficulty managing anger can often go hand in hand with attention problems.
- You may struggle to control impulses.
- You may sometimes speak before you think, with negative consequences.
- You may have experiences of hyper-focus where you become so absorbed in something that you lose track of time. This is not always a bad thing, but people benefit from being able to make choices about directing their focus.
Mindfulness helps develop parts of the brain responsible for focus and concentration. I often encourage people to do some kind of contemplative meditation practices in addition to working with me.