Withdrawal-induced concentration problems: quick tips

  • Reassure yourself that these kinds of problems are typical of psychiatric drug withdrawal, and that the more you practice accepting them while they’re here, the easier it becomes to coexist with them, however frustrating they may be, until they subside.
  • Viewing what’s happening to you as a temporary drug-induced injury to your central nervous system can make it easier to be with these struggles. In other words, it’s not you who is causing these problems, but rather, what is happening to you: symptoms of psychiatric drug withdrawal that ease in time.
  • People often say that catching up on activities or tasks that require concentration during periods of heightened focus, and saving less demanding tasks for times when cognition is more difficult, can be helpful.
  • Many find that it’s helpful to set reasonable expectations for themselves during the healing process, letting go of tasks that aren’t absolutely necessary and focusing only on ones that are essential.
  • Asking your partner, family members, or trusted friends to help you handle day-to-day responsibilities while you heal from temporary drug-induced injury—and helping them better understand psychiatric drug withdrawal in this way if need be—can go a long way towards removing some of the stress that comes along with these concentration problems.


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