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Concentration with anxiety and panic attacks: How to improve it?

This article is about the fact that it is hard to concentrate on completing a task or studying any subject with anxiety and panic attacks. By the end of this writing, I will try to explore at least one chance to open up possibilities to improve focus.

Concentration problems studying at home after school

If you don’t mind, I’ll be honest about bringing up some of my childhood memories. I remember now, but it was like a bury in me for such a long time. I didn’t remember any of this until I was able to meditate effectively. And also, the cognitive therapy or thought record I wrote the log every day it turned out to be efficient and helpful when it comes to having great memories from your childhood.

So, back to my school years, I remember I thought and often complained: “Mom, I can’t study!” Although nobody diagnosed me with social phobia or depression, I was a relatively frightened and shy boy at that time. And my ability to focus on studying was awful. As I’m writing this line, I can recall how ineffective my studying ability was. 

One of my typical after-school studying evening

That particular afternoon, for example, I’m around 14 years old, and I had only one work to do. It is to study. But my mind “preferred” to be outside of the window. And not inside my room where the study book was open at the front of me, should it be subject to my wandering attention. 

Daydreaming piece of attention liked to sunny outdoor. Even if that outdoor was a rainy one still liked better most of the time instead of staring at the history book. After a — God only knows how long — time later I found my attention is back. I was concentrating. But not for long. It was usually not more than two sentences or three. 

My attention perhaps liked those unknown Latin words built-in in every paragraph because they were a trigger to lose focus and let my concentration jump out from the window. 

A few moments later, back to the history book. Many times it was even hard to know in which line I had gotten lost to let my concentration jump out.

But I wasn’t always daydreaming. Sometimes I listen to sounds. If my parents talked in the next room, my attention inevitably joined secretly to their talk. But I liked witnessing the smallest sound too. It seemed it doesn’t matter what kind of noise or speech or anything it was; I was the audience.

It was tough to remember anything after 2 hours of supposed learning history from that book—most of the time, I did not. It was hard in school too, and it was such a disappointment to my parents also. I thought that time, “this is the life.”

But why is the anxiety and panic attacks while concentration?

It’s a great question. And the answer perhaps is not that great mainly because there are still some arguments about the why. 

But now I want to outline one of the possible answers. So I think why is the anxiety and panic attacks while concentration is because of the negative memories and thus the negative thoughts. The thoughts that flush in and motivate us to be fearful.

I like to compare it to social anxiety. It’s because one with social anxiety fear of others could judge the person. The main fearfulness, while concentration is the anticipation of failure. This emotional burden is the power of holding back. But in the middle of any school year, there’s no space to be held back. Studying is a must. And so the anxiety, unfortunately.

Panic-related procrastination

Anxiety and panic attacks are holding back emotions and feelings, whatever you wanted to do. As it’s so scary, most people don’t want to feel it or experience it ever again. To avoid another intense anxiety and panicky experiences like many of us tend to do, people might think it would be best to avoid what contributes me to experience anxiety or panic.

The avoidance as a safety tool to avoid the fear of being failure remains an option. As an option, it relates to panic-related procrastinations.

Reducing anxiety and improving concentration

How to improve concentration and feeling less anxiety and panic attacks? It seems to me that one of the logical ways is to reduce the amount of anxiety significantly. And so goes down any disturbances of concentrating whatever you’re focusing at & doing: studying or completing a task.

If you Google for “reducing anxiety,” you can find a lot of practice that might work great. In this chapter, I want to point out some of the essential factors.

  1. You can always go to see the doctor and asking for help. You know already that the anxiety is the barrier of concentrating on completing a task or studying. So the sooner you get the support to remove your ‘anxiety,’ the better you can be by completing whatever you want to do in life.
  2. It’s a good idea to find multiple help. Why? The medication is targeting anxiety through body chemistry. On the other hand, there are many out there who already has overcome anxiety or panic. They can provide a piece of precious advice on how they did it. (For example, I have overcome 15 years of panic disorder.)
  3. The knowledge about anxiety, in general, is also a great piece of advice. To know more about your anxious fears, the better chance you get on how to overcome it.


There you have it—the article about concentration with anxiety and panic attacks. And also, there’s a chapter here right above the Conclusion, titled: “Reducing anxiety and improving concentration,” that opens up the opportunity to start reducing the fear that is a barrier of any task to complete.

Good luck. And if you’d like to ask my help, I’m here.

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