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these things always happen to me, maybe i am paranoid but they really do happen, had an unpleasent incident today, one psychiatrist said paranoia is a self fulfilling prophecy

The thug was officialy mentally ill and had a speciality in loony bashing if it went to court the defence representing the thug would bring up the victims mental health and charges would be dropped, one social worker compared him to some repressed homosexual going gay bashing
 
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My concentration span is small but I can do OK if I take my time and re-read the things I don't get first time, second time etc. When watching TV or a DVD I tend to pay attention sometimes and then I start to think about other things. I miss chunks of dialogue or even whole scenes. In this case the rewind button is my friend when I want to recap such things. I tend to record everything I'm going to watch on TV which makes things easier and just view the rest of the stuff I'm not too bothered about. It also makes for less frustration when someone rings up in the middle of a programme too ;).

Rambo, sorry to hear about your situation with the meat-heads in your area. That's part of the reason why I'm still living at home with my mum. I know that the other option is to live in a potentially rough area ( like before ) and the last thing I need is that sort of cr*p going on in my life. Saying that though, I remember the time I had to run home from the pub here because some fool wanted a fight with someone who minded his own business all night. There's trouble everywhere these days but luckily I live in a quiet street.
 
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I have trouble with concentration too

If i'm watching the Telly, something will happen and i'll go off into a little dream, then ill come back to the telly and i've missed what's goin' on ?
 
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Concentration is really difficult - I can't read much anymore I just keep reading the same stuff over until I just jack it in as a waste of time and I really miss reading. I can't read really long posts either, not cos I am not interested, just I lack the span.

T.V - Well after a couple of minutes my mind wonders, of course voices don;t help!
 
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My concentration span is small but I can do OK if I take my time and re-read the things I don't get first time, second time etc. When watching TV or a DVD I tend to pay attention sometimes and then I start to think about other things. I miss chunks of dialogue or even whole scenes. In this case the rewind button is my friend when I want to recap such things. I tend to record everything I'm going to watch on TV which makes things easier and just view the rest of the stuff I'm not too bothered about. It also makes for less frustration when someone rings up in the middle of a programme too ;).
I just watch DVDs nowadays (simply because, as you said, you can rewind). I can't concentrate on watching TV, so I don't watch it, which is a shame because I seem to be missing some good stuff.
 
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I just watch DVDs nowadays (simply because, as you said, you can rewind). I can't concentrate on watching TV, so I don't watch it, which is a shame because I seem to be missing some good stuff.
I watch it sometimes, but when there's nothing of interest on I prefer playing games or surfing the internet. I also listen to audio books and I'd like to recommend to everyone who has trouble reading to listen to these instead. There is a site named Audible.co.uk and if you have a compatible MP3 player ( or listen with a computer ) you can buy and download thousands of audio books for good prices. I find that listening to these can be much easier than reading their counterparts although I do end up falling asleep occasionally. They still aren't perfect for me as I still miss chunks of dialogue here and there as my mind wanders but it's easy to just re-wind and replay the bit's I miss out on.
 
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Makes a change from whether the glass is half full or half empty? to can you concentrate or not

Somehow i doubt i could concentrate at a board meeting if i was head of british gas, though i might be able to concentrate enough to put a can of beans on a shelf at sainsburys, i hope the benefit lot don't hear me saying that
 
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My concentration is shot to pieces. I dont know if its the ilness or the meds. Even on forums i cant read threads that are more than a few lines. And thats a shame cos im sure i must be missing out on some fascinating topics.
 
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I watch it sometimes, but when there's nothing of interest on I prefer playing games or surfing the internet. I also listen to audio books and I'd like to recommend to everyone who has trouble reading to listen to these instead. There is a site named Audible.co.uk and if you have a compatible MP3 player ( or listen with a computer ) you can buy and download thousands of audio books for good prices. I find that listening to these can be much easier than reading their counterparts although I do end up falling asleep occasionally. They still aren't perfect for me as I still miss chunks of dialogue here and there as my mind wanders but it's easy to just re-wind and replay the bit's I miss out on.
I play on computer and DS games, especially strategy games, such as Age of Empires II, Red Alert 3 and the Total War series (especially the original Mediaeval). I find having to think about things, especially with strategy games, can help with concentration.

My concentration is shot to pieces. I dont know if its the ilness or the meds. Even on forums i cant read threads that are more than a few lines. And thats a shame cos im sure i must be missing out on some fascinating topics.
I have to agree, what is the cause of the lack of concentration?
 
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I play on computer and DS games, especially strategy games, such as Age of Empires II, Red Alert 3 and the Total War series (especially the original Mediaeval). I find having to think about things, especially with strategy games, can help with concentration.

I have Age of Empires II that my brother bought me several years ago for Christmas but I've not played it all the way through ( will get to it some day ). At the moment it's Grand Theft Auto IV on XB360 and X3: Reunion on PC. Although those two games are more or less 3D simulations ( which I like ) I do like strategy games too ( as does my brother ).

I have to agree, what is the cause of the lack of concentration?
I know working memory is affected as well as short-term, maybe not being able to recall things properly with those parts of the brain ( frontal lobes ) is what is effecting concentration in some ways.
 
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thanks

thanks for all the answers!!

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