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How Depression Can Lead to a Loss in Focus

How Depression Can Lead to a Loss in Focus

Worldwide, it is estimated that 5% of adult sufferers from depression.[1] It’s more than a statistic; it’s a reality for many, and it’s closer to home than most of us might think.

You might imagine deep depression or despair when you hear the term. But what you might overlook is how it’s tied to something as seemingly mundane as the inability to focus.

A lack of focus may not seem to be one of the signs of depression. The two are actually more closely related than you might think.

Depression exists in a range of severity. It’s not just the extreme cases where someone can’t get out of bed. It’s not black and white. People with depression can often still perform the tasks of daily living. They go to work, they cook meals, but they’re not at their best. They are miserable, but they get by. This is where the link with focus comes into play.

During a depressive episode, a person doesn’t merely feel sad or irritable; they feel a loss of pleasure or interest in their usual activities. It’s not a fleeting mood; it’s something that sticks around, lasting most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks. This lingering mood can often lead to symptoms like…

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