Once again here is a navel gazing post all about me.
I am thinking there are various types of attention disorder that can be seen in people besides that which can be medically diagnosed. I think I have a mild variation of ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder). Something that is not so demanding that I cannot function in this dysfunctional society. This is something new for me as my life has been pretty much filled with the ability to compartmentalize and focus. I have been both high energy and high functioning in my past life but rarely hyper.
Why do I think I have trouble with attention. I can follow a conversation, a TV show or a recipe. I can focus. But I also find I sometimes have to re-focus on something else at the same time. I have a compulsion to be doing two things. I cannot exercise without some distraction to get me through the routine.
For example, as I am writing this blog I am listening to the NYT broadcast on my laptop "Will Shortz: Meet the Puzzle Master." It seems when I get distracted I have to fill the time with something other than a pause in thinking. I frequently play solitaire on my lap top while watching television, or if it is the depressing news which I watch with hubby, I go between listening to the world circus and listening to an online course from Harvard on photography on my laptop with my earphones. I may miss much of the news, but it is an ever present annoyance that pops up later in the day in so many ways. I also cook and watch television at the same time.
Currently I am reading all of the books in the photo below (not at the exact same time, of course) as well as also reading "Leaving Blythe River" on my Kindle. I have a dozen half read magazines scattered on my coffee table.
I certainly am losing my ability to focus for long periods of time on any one thing and I am just sitting and wondering if the aging process has something to do with that. My mother-in-law lost her ability to read a magazine and just flipped through the pages in her elder years. Maybe I should Google this phenomenon while I am doing the NYT mini crossword puzzle this morning?
I am wondering if meditation exercises will slow this restless mind? Are there other physical or mental exercises I should be doing...while not blogging, of course? Or is this just a normal personality disorder?
How is your attention span these days?