Researchers reveal new link between anxiety & lower attention

Did you know that anxiety can also affect your attention span? Researchers have found that there is a link between these conditions.

If you have anxiety, then you’re more likely to have attention disorders. Researchers believe there is a brain connection between them. Initial studies on teens reveal that they’re more likely to have both issues together.

If you have anxiety or trouble concentrating, consider these discoveries:

The link between anxiety and attention. Researchers at the University of Texas discovered that your anxiety and attention span are linked.

They found that teens who have anxiety are also more likely to perform worse in school because of attention issues. They also saw a connection between anxiety and other mental health issues like depression and suicide.

Researchers shared that in some cases anxiety appeared first while in other cases attention span issues appeared first. Recognizing the first issue can help families deal with the second one.

Teens who had issues concentrating were also more likely to have anxiety. Experts believe there is a deeper reason for this in the brain.

Unconscious anxiety. Medical experts believe unconscious anxiety can explain some cases of attention deficit disorders. Unconscious anxiety occurs when you don’t recognize you’re actually suffering from worry and concern. You have trouble concentrating, so you
blame it on your poor attention span. However, in reality, your unconscious anxiety is actually preventing you from being able to focus.

The root of this anxiety can be buried among deeper emotional issues.

Overlapping symptoms. The symptoms of anxiety and attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder can overlap. The shared symptoms can include having
trouble concentrating and focusing on one task. They can also include not
having control over your impulses, being irritable, feeling scared and being
afraid to try new things.

It’s not always easy to tell apart anxiety and attention disorders.

Treatment and help. If you or someone you care about has anxiety and attention issues, seeking help may bring real benefits.

Treatment options can include medication to control anxiety and help attention spans.

Another treatment option is therapy that helps adjust behaviour.

Meditation and relaxation are also commonly used to help with both disorders.

The role of learning disabilities. It’s important to avoid overlooking learning disabilities that can exacerbate anxiety and attention issues. Researchers have noticed that all three issues can occur together.

In some cases, learning disabilities are not caught right away as a child starts school.

Children are sometimes able to compensate for their learning disabilities, so the issues go undiagnosed.

However, anxiety and attention disorders can be worse in children with learning disabilities.

By focusing on the learning issues, these kids have the chance to succeed in school and reduce their anxiety.


A child with a learning disability can feel anxious before every test or quiz in school and try to avoid classes. In addition, the same child can be so stressed out that they’re unable to concentrate on the simplest tasks. The learning disability makes these issues stronger and more difficult to treat.

It’s important to note that kids aren’t the only ones who suffer from all three conditions.

Adults can spend years being misdiagnosed or not getting the proper treatments.

Anxiety and attention issues can appear together. If you or a loved one suffers from
these issues, current research can help you understand what is happening in the
brain and seek treatment that can help.

If you require more help, call Charlestown Hypnotherapy.

Ways to start listening to your intuition.

If an opportunity appears or life is pushing you in a direction that you created. You created it, so why not step into it?


Some people struggle so much to stick with old habits and behaviours, they end up fighting against themselves. People have forgotten how to listen to their own intuition. Not knowing that their gut instinct is trying so hard to warn them. I often tell clients that people are so “Top Heavy” now. Just listening to their mind, they forget all about their second brain.

Technically known as the enteric nervous system. The second brain consists of sheaths of neurons. Embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gut, or alimentary canal. This measures about nine meters end to end from the esophagus to the anus. The second brain contains some 100 million neurons. More than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/


A primal connection exists between our brain and our gut.

We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we meet someone for the first time. We’re told to “trust our gut instinct” when making a difficult decision. Or that it’s “gut check time” when faced with a situation that tests our nerve and determination.

This mind-gut connection is not just metaphorical.

Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones. They constantly provide feedback about how hungry we are. Whether or not we’re experiencing stress. Or if we’ve ingested a disease-causing microbe. This information superhighway is called the brain-gut axis. It provides constant updates on the state of affairs at your two ends. That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach after looking at your post-holiday credit card bill is a vivid example of the brain-gut connection at work.

You’re stressed and your gut knows it immediately.