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Concentration, Distraction & Focus

Intro: Mindfulness, Monkey Mind, Meditation

Addiction is mainly a result of the brain's natural response to a feeling of pleasure caused by dopamine.


Understand symptoms of addictive behavior related to your phone use and media consumption. Symptoms include:

- Frequent interactions with the addictive thing/substance/behavior

- Difficulty withdrawing

- Limited control of use

- Neglected or postponed activities

- Significant time or energy spent on the thing/behavior

- A desire to cut down on usage

While anxiety was not part of the sabbatical studies for this guide, it is a much talked about topic. There are many studies and opinions about anxiety. Here is a unique article on this topic.

The anxious leg bounce: Why it happens and how to deal with it 

Leg tapping is caused by a buildup of surplus stress hormones in the body, namely adrenaline and cortisol. When we are stressed or feeling anxious, our bodies prepare us to fight the stress, or run away from it, known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. This means that we are flooded with extra energy.


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American College Health Association Assessment: Undergraduate Student Executive Summary Spring 2019

Twenty-four percent of undergraduates indicated sleep difficulties affected their academic performance while 45% of students report feeling tired, dragged out, or sleepy during daytime 3-5 days a week.   

International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research consensus position statement: nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry   Associations between nutritional quality and mental health show healthy diets impact depression especially on the mental health of young people and adults. Many nutrients have a link to brain health, including: omega-3s, B vitamins (folate and B12), choline, iron, zinc, magnesium, SAMe, vitamin D, and amino acids.


Using Neurofeedback to Improve ADHD Symptoms in School-Aged ChildrenNeurofeedback provides improvements of both auditory and visual attention.

Unfazed or Dazed and Confused: Does Early Adolescent Marijuana Use Cause Sustained Impairments in Attention and Academic Functioning?   Adolescents who engage marijuana use experience an increase in observable attention and academic problems. These problems appear to be eliminated following 12 months of abstinence.

Health Effects of Marijuana use from the CDC  Marijuana use directly affects the brain — specifically the parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning, attention, decision making, coordination, emotions, and reaction time.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on teens and marijuana. Teenage marijuana use is at its highest level in 30 years.

Marijuana Use Trajectories and Academic Outcomes among College Students. Students who use marijuana frequently at the beginning of the college career are especially at risk for lower academic achievement.