Living with Changes in your Attention and Concentration

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Living with Changes in your Attention and Concentration

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Attention and concentration are terms used to describe the complex mental processes that allow us to notice things and to take in information from the world around us. Difficulties with attention are common following a brain injury. In this section we focus on attention problems in everyday life and suggest tips and advice to help with any difficulties.


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Contributors and Sources

Booklet Content and Concept Development Team, Headway Ireland: Ruth Lunnon (Lead), Senior Information and Support Officer; Claire McMoreland, Clinical Psychologist; Elaine Kelly, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist; Marcia Ward, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist; Catherine O’Hare, Information and Support Officer and Richard Stables, Information and Support Manager.

Acknowledgement: Our sincere thanks to the many Headway clients whose shared experiences made such a valuable contribution to the writing of this booklet and to the Headway Rehabilitation staff who kindly facilitated them in this work.

Sources Used:

    1. Executive dysfunction after brain injury. Factsheet. Headway UK. (Accessed October 2015).
    2. Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology. Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw. Worth Publishers (2015)
    3. Human Neuropsychology. G Neil Martin. Pearson (2006).
    4. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: Theory, Models, Therapy and Outcome. Barbara A. Wilson and others. Cambridge University Press (2009).

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Please note: we have done our best to provide information that is correct and up-to-date. However, we cannot be responsible for any errors or omissions. Everyone’s brain injury affects them differently. You should not consider this information as a substitute for getting advice from a doctor or other professional.

© Headway Ireland 2016. Next review due in 2018. You may download and print this booklet for personal or not-for-profit use. If you wish to reproduce any portion of this booklet, you must request permission from Headway Ireland by emailing or phoning 01 6040 800 within Ireland or 003531 6040 800 from outside Ireland.

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