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Hello I believe I can help you with your concern
I am so sorry that you are having difficulties concentrating and focusing as an adult, I can imagine how that can be distressing for you
It is true that if you had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a child, then it is possible that this disorder may have continued into adulthood. Some individuals with childhood ADHD to grow out of this disorder spontaneously, for reasons most researchers are not sure of, but some individuals do continue with the symptoms of ADHD well into adult hood. So I believe that taking a stimulant medication like Adderall, Ritalin, or Vyvanse can be effective for your inattention and concentration issues
Also there is a possibility that mental health disorders of depression and anxiety can cause symptoms of inattention and difficulties with concentration so I would like to ask do you have any similar common symptoms of anxiety or depression that are similar to the symptoms in these two links?
So I would suggest that you can go to your general practitioner or a psychiatrist and mention your symptoms and he/she will prescribe you the appropriate medications or you can go to a psychologists that specializes in testing and evaluation to confirm a diagnosis of Adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, or other possible causes for your concentration issues. I can recommend an assessment psychologist in your area if you like
I see that you are online right now, so I will stop typing and allow you to read over what I wrote and please feel free to ask me any questions or concerns you may have
This also a good link containing more information of Adult ADHD for you
I would say you can go to your primary doctor and if he/she feels that you may need further tests from a specialist than your primary doctor can refer you. If your primary doctor feels that your symptoms fit a particular mental health disorder like the ones I described than he/she will prescribe you the appropriate medications and if you get better than most likely the primary doctor was correct, if not then I would say going to a specialist would be best for you
If your depression has not really been severe, then most likely depression is not the cause of this distraction and concentration issues. I feel that Adult ADHD fits best because of your history and the stimulant medication should help a lot
If you do want a specialist, I would recommend an assessment psychologist to run a battery of psychological tests on you to get a accurate diagnosis. If you like I can recommend such a psychologist to you, I would just need your zip code to find one in your area
Although I think just going to your primary doctor would be fine and most likely cheaper for you
Anytime, is there anything else I can do to assist you today?