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Concentration Techniques. » sunnydays

Posted by madeline on October 18, 2006, at 8:46:37

In reply to Re: depression » madeline, posted by sunnydays on October 17, 2006, at 20:00:52


Well, I hear you. It is damned hard to study when the foggies (that's what I call them) have settled in on your brain.

However, I battle depression and went all the way through to earning my doctorate. It can be done.

A few things I picked up on the way.

1. I realized that this was going to be harder for me than other students in my class because I not only had to battle the subject matter, I had to battle myself. Allow yourself room not to be perfect.

2. When concentration is out the door, I would try to read things in a french accent. It's just distracting enough to keep you focused.

3. Write. Fill pages with notes. If you can't read, write the text.

4. Give yourself rewards for learning a definition, a concept or whatever. Don't look at it as though you have to learn chapters 1-15 in one night. You don't. You just have to read one paragraph, do one problem.

5. Self-discipline. I had to accept the fact that I was going to have to do a lot of things that I just flat out didn't feel like doing. I'm not going to lie, it was miserable. But you can do it.

6. When it's just not there, it's just not there. Forgive yourself the foggies. Sometimes you just have to sit and stare.

7. Study with other people if you can stand it. Sometimes that is also distracting enough that you can pick up something.

Hope this helps.

Remember all will be well.





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