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Sometimes I have a really hard time focusing. I've never been diagnosed with ADHD and this focusing issue started recently (2-3 years ago). Does anyone take any supplements or vitamins to help with staying focused?

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Have you tried resting? If you don’t have ADHD, you may be over worked. Your body needs rest to function.

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Start with cutting out sugar from your diet. Google nootropics and find any of the blends out there now. I’ve taken Lions mane mushroom powder but you have to be super consistent. May be trial and error but sleep is also critical as the other poster mentioned.

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ADHD can 100% be diagnosed in adulthood. Often it correlates with extreme ability to focus. But then if you focus on the wrong thing ...negative effects. It’s an attention control issue.

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Probably burnout. Does it feel like chronic fatigue or just that you’re bored or unmotivated? Definitely not ADHD if it only started in adulthood and you don’t have any other symptoms. Have you mentioned it to your PCP? Doesn’t hurt to get bloodwork to see if you’re lacking anything specific. Vitamins/supplements don’t really do anything unless you’re deficient. Any changes to your sleep/diet/exercise habits in the last few years?

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Just throwing out that I would not have described myself as someone who had trouble keeping focusing until during the pandemic and got diagnosed with ADHD six months ago.
I was just able to compensate and cope until I was in a job that challenged me enough I couldn’t anymore

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Maybe just have your blood drawn and check for deficiencies? Vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiencies could be a cause!

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Wasn’t trying to say you can’t be diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, I also was a few years ago. Just that it’s often misperceived as solely inability to focus on work when it’s much more complex and affects all aspects of your life. As A2 mentioned, hyperfocus is also a symptom, as is time blindness, emotional disregulation, poor memory, hypersensitivity, etc. Part of a proper diagnosis in adults is looking back at whether you experienced symptoms throughout your life even if you didn’t understand it at the time or they didn’t cause the detrimental impacts they do now that led you to seek a diagnosis. There’s no harm in seeing whether it could be ADHD. Especially since women are frequently underdiagnosed thanks to the misconceptions about ADHD and the masking we’ve been conditioned to do. But if truly your only symptom is inability to focus sometimes, only at work, and only recently, it’s likely not ADHD.

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