May I Have Your Attention, Please?

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

I always tell my patients that attention problems are like a fever – they simply tell us something is going on in the brain or body. Determining the cause requires further investigation. For instance, we may have a fever because we have the flu, and sometimes we feel like we have a fever, yet it’s actually a sunburn. Similarly, sometimes attention problems are caused by ADHD, and sometimes they are caused by other mental health conditions (such as depression, anxiety, or traumatic stress) and/or physical findings (such as nutrient deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, or chronic pain, etc.).

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