3 Mental Health Conditions That Can Cause Difficulty Focusing

Dec 15, 2023
3 Mental Health Conditions That Can Cause Difficulty Focusing
If you just can’t seem to focus, your mental health condition could be causing this frustrating symptom. Read to learn more about mental health conditions that negatively affect your ability to focus and what you can do to address the issue. 

Being able to focus when you need to saves you time and stress. When you can’t focus but you know you need to, you may feel frustrated, anxious, or even hopeless.

Difficulty focusing is a symptom of some common mental health conditions. Learning more about an underlying mental health condition might be just what you need to work out your issues around being able to focus.

At VIP Integrative Healthcare, LLC, our team of providers helps you look more holistically at your health and wellness. We support you in identifying conditions that may cause your symptoms of difficulty focusing, such as depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder.

Martine Senatus, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, and the VIP Integrative Healthcare, LLC team provide treatment for these and other mental health conditions at our location in West Palm Beach, Florida. Here’s a closer look at some of the mental health conditions that may impair your ability to focus. 


Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), formerly known as ADD, relates directly to your focus and concentration. People with this mental health condition often have trouble directing their attention.

If you have ADHD, it doesn’t mean that you can never focus. In fact, when you’re working on something that interests you, you may get so absorbed that you forget to eat meals or go to bed on time, a symptom known as “hyperfocus.”

However, people with ADHD often struggle to control their focus. Getting your brain to focus on what you want, when you want it to, can pose real challenges.

If this condition is the source of your problems with focus, receiving a diagnosis can be the first step in finding improved symptom control. Medication management is a highly effective way of improving issues around focus for most patients with ADHD. Techniques like mindfulness may also be helpful for you.

2. Depression

When you’re depressed, it can be hard to get yourself to focus on anything. Often, people in the middle of a depressive episode feel like the whole world is one brown-gray blur. There may not seem to be any point in paying attention, and summoning up the energy to focus on tasks or even hobbies you usually enjoy might seem to be practically impossible.

Treating your depression restores your mental acuity, including improving your memory and freeing you from brain fog. After addressing your depression, you may be amazed at how easily you can focus!

Even major depression can often be successfully treated with the right combination of treatments and therapies, such as talk therapy, medication management, and lifestyle change. 

3. Bipolar disorder

People living with bipolar disorder face big swings between high-energy, high-mood manic phases and low-energy, low-mood periods of deep depression. When you’re manic, you might focus too much on specific goals or activities to the detriment of the rest of your life. During depressive swings, focusing on anything may prove too much of an effort to achieve consistently. 

Handling the repeated swings between the two states may throw your life off-balance repeatedly, disrupting mental habits and progress toward personal goals.

Bipolar disorder needs life-long management, as well as the support of a top-notch mental health care team. At VIP Integrative Healthcare, LLC, we’re here to help manage mental health conditions like bipolar disorder. You don’t have to struggle with your mental health alone.

For mental health care and support, contact VIP Integrative Healthcare, LLC online or over the phone today and schedule your first appointment.