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#464998 - 05/06/14 12:05 AM Anxiety/studying/concentration??
onlyakid Offline
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I'm back to school to help me get more certifications to get a job and having trouble studying. Ive read that PTSD has anxiety and concentration features. Anyone have any tips on how to keep on track while reading and studying?
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#465003 - 05/06/14 07:38 AM Re: Anxiety/studying/concentration?? [Re: onlyakid]
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good for you - for taking ownership of your future and working to get ahead.

some people find music (especially classical or instrumental) helpful - others need to have no distractions.

be comfortable - but not so relaxed that you would fall asleep.

have an orderly place like a desk or a backpack where you have all the materials you need organized and easily available.

underlining, highlighting and making notes while reading all help you identify important info and find it again. i love sticky notes for the same purpose and they also work as bookmarks.

set yourself a schedule or make a routine so that your priorities include your study time.

give yourself a reward for staying focused - such as a short break after every hour or a snack half-way through the evening or something else you would enjoy.

taking a walk or some form of mild exercise may help to get or stay alert before or between study sessions. some kinds of study you can even do on the move - like memorizing vocabulary or rules or other repetitious info.

frequent review works better than last-minute cramming.

making yourself flashcards or outlines or study sheets helps.

eat right - healthy, well-balanced meals and not too much.

get enough sleep - and at reasonable hours, if possible.

set goal and try to reach them. remind yourself of why you are doing this. be your own cheerleader and tell yourself that you can do this.

hope this helps.
LEE


Edited by traveler (05/06/14 07:41 AM)
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#465006 - 05/06/14 08:42 AM Re: Anxiety/studying/concentration?? [Re: onlyakid]
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Although PTSD is not a qualifying condition under New Jersey's medical marijuana law, I would suggest looking into getting your hands on some medical-quality marijuana.

It might not be for everybody, and I hesitate to suggest that you, y'know, break the law or anything, but...

It works. It will help you focus and it will help you sleep, or rather, it helps me do those things. It might not be for everybody, but I'm not sure where I would be without it.

(FYI -- PTSD is a qualifying condition for gaining access to medical marijuana in these nine states: CA, CT, DE, ME, NV, NM, MA, OR, & MI. If anyone here lives in those states, you should take full advantage of it.)

Cant


Edited by cant_remember (05/06/14 08:46 AM)
Edit Reason: added the FYI
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#465070 - 05/07/14 11:38 PM Re: Anxiety/studying/concentration?? [Re: onlyakid]
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Studying was near on impossible when I was in recovery because my recovery started whilst I was a student. So no matter what progress I made in recovery I was re traumatised whenever I tried to write university papers. I graduated but it was a slow, torturous and painful process. What helped me was going to my university mental health services, I opened up to a counsellor there told her my csa problems and my depression. She gave me weekly sessions with her and helped get me extensions and got me my exams sat in a private room away from other students. My department tutors would have not helped without the counsellors support and letters expressing my trouble at studying. Studying made me really depressed I couldnt concentrate at all without the help of the mental health counsellor at my university I would have failed for sure as I would have been unfit to sit the exams. I managed to get allowance to not hand in some papers as I physically couldnt.

Good luck with the study and future aspirations. If there are student services on campus then use them. I imagine there are student support services but if you have specialist mental health team at university then go see them they are the best at helping you.

Dan.

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#465117 - 05/08/14 09:22 PM Re: Anxiety/studying/concentration?? [Re: onlyakid]
onlyakid Offline
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Lee (Traveler): Thank you for the advice, I need to take some time to process that.
Can't: Based on my current pattern of using food to numb, I don't think that smoking (pot or tobacco) or drinking is a wise idea but I'm happy if it works for you.
Dan (TIS): I'm not at University, I'm at a trade school as I am way beyond University Age (35). Unemployment is paying for the school and I'm very happy I'm not because the school is very unstructured and I would never go back. I think though I can learn by myself what is needed to pass the certification exam. I can see a therapist on my own but I feel like I need to find a good one as a bad one could set my recovery back and it takes time to find someone. But yes finding a counselor is a good idea.
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"and i don't want the world to see me, cause i don't think that they'd understand"

"You don't know what love is...you just do as your told"

"My life has changed. What you take as a simple thing, is not so simple for me anymore"


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#465118 - 05/08/14 09:37 PM Re: Anxiety/studying/concentration?? [Re: onlyakid]
traveler Offline
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another thing that might help is to treat studying like a part-time job. be serious about it and be sure to put in the needed hours. if you wait till you have "free time" it may never happen.

i find that i can lose myself in a project and if i focus more on what i need to get done rather than all the things that make it difficult, it helps not to get as distracted.

all the best to you!
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As my life goes on I believe somehow something's changed
Something deep inside...
I've been searchin so long to find an answer
Now I know my life has meaning
Now I see myself as I am, feeling very free...
When my tears have come to an end I will understand
What I left behind: a part of me. Chicago


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