I've struggled with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember, but I was always a good student and able to get all my work done. However, now that I have finished school and started working full time, I have noticed that I have a lot of trouble concentrating on my work. Several people have told me that it sounds like I have adult ADD, but I have not noticed symptoms of ADD previously. From what I understand, those with adult ADD typically have had symptoms of ADD in childhood. As far as I know, I never did. My psychiatrist thinks that my inability to concentrate is due to depression and anxiety. I suppose that could be the case, but I'm having a lot of trouble explaining the severity of my concentration problems. When I am at work, I can't concentrate on my work. I don't mean that I just have some trouble concentrating. I mean that I can't concentrate at all so I don't get anything done. Sometimes I am able to concentrate on things that interest me (like browsing the internet for stuff about cats), and I think that's called hyperfocus, but for the most part my mind just jumps around. The concentration has gotten to the point that I don't know if I can have a successful career. I just don't know how to tell if it is because of depression and anxiety or if I do have adult ADD. Or maybe it is both. Does anyone have experience with the inability to concentrate with depression? Or have some insight to adult ADD? I'd also be interested to know if anyone has depression and ADD. I suppose I'm just feeling a little helpless.
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