One uncommon symptom of bipolar disorder discussed is attention span. Personally, I suffer from this greatly!
At times it would seem I’m ignoring someone, though I’m really just lost in thought.
I seem to on occasion experience a form of being catatonic. My family can waive their hands in front of me, and I honestly don’t see it.
The levels of my spacing out is surreal!
I’ve always wondered if I had a form of ADD/ADHD. Though my psychiatrist tells me it’s just a symptom of bipolar disorder.
I’m currently taking: Abilify, Tegretol, Effexor, and Zyprexa.
Although these medications help, I still have difficulty dealing with this lack of attention issue.
I try (per my therapist) to focus on said conversation, as to try to train my brain to stay with the program.
I can honestly say, this is a challenge!
As I mentioned this symptom comes and goes. I’ve noticed it more of an issue when I’m manic.
As with mania your thoughts are fast and rampant. I easily lose my ability to hear when I’m spoken too, or hear when my name is called.
I try to keep track of issues like this in my mood journal. This helps me to see what areas I’m falling short, and need attending too.
My journal also helps me become more self-aware. This too is a challenge but I do try my hardest to circumvent my shortcomings.
Does anyone else experience attention issues? Am I alone?
How do you handle it? Please share your story!