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Attention
 

Cartoon character sitting in a chair reading a book with a bookcase in the backgroundPay it up front: Attention is the first step in the memory process. It is a hugely important cognitive process that is also fundamental to learning and concentration. Just like memory, there are lots of different types of attention. When you have MS you may experience difficulty in a number of different aspects: selective attention, focused attention or divided attention or even being alert or vigilant. Almost a quarter of people with MS experience difficulties with attention, especially with complex aspects like selective or divided attention.

Some of our daily activities require us to focus on one task while simultaneously ignoring irrelevant information happening at the same time. So with MS you may have trouble, for example, concentrating on reading the paper while the radio is on. Other aspects of our lives require that we do two things at once – like walking and talking or listening to a lecture and taking notes – some people with MS have reported difficulty in dividing their attention this way.

Sticking with a task or activity for a long period requires sustained attention. People with MS may find that they have trouble concentrating and that their mind frequently wanders. So they have difficulty sticking with the book that they are reading until the last chapter.

The more reassuring news is that everyone has absent-minded moments and there are plenty of strategies that you can adopt to help.

Focussing your attention on what you are doing, when you are doing it, can help to reduce the number of absent-minded moments in your life.


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