Thanks Ian. Prior to my use of antidepressants, I had rigorously practiced mind exercises on improving my focus. I learned these techniques through a well known self-help author, and they really worked! By deliberately shifting my focus on subjects, through daily written exercises, I was able to perform better at my job, how I interacted with people, and even boosted my level of strength at the gym. The mind can be very powerful, if we can deliberately focus it on certain subjects.
I used these written processes for several years, with success, until I hit a block. I started to develop OCD and my world started to crash around me, due to my anxiety disorder, regardless of all my mind tricks. Although cognitive exercises could shift the direction of my mind's thinking, these exercises could not shift the the structure of my brain. I finally had to accept that my anxiety disorder was a brain disorder, and it needed repair.
Fortunately I've learned about neurogenesis, and how medication can help the brain repair itself from atrophy, over previous periods of prolonged, psychological stress. For a while I stopped the cognitive exercises, but I think I'll go back to them again, very soon.
I see my psychiatrist next week. I'll ask him about the uses of medication to improve focus. Although I don't categorize myself as ADHD, his background on that disorder, and how it relates to concentration, could possibly help in a medication change later down the road. I've been reading up on another person's success with Addreall, especially in how he has performed so much better in school. I may one day suggest that medication to my psychiatrist. But since I only have ten to twenty minutes with my psych doctor, and won't have time for explanations, I should do my homework prior to taking a new medication, if it will be of help.
I'm planning to complete another degree soon, while focus and concentration are paramount to getting the material down. Even better, it helps to not *work* at concentration, if my brain can do it, effortlessly, on its own.
Thanks again for your insights.