I'm trying to finish my dissertation and concentration/anxiety/paranoia issues are preventing me

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so I suffered from intense anxiety/paranoia a few years ago... i would always get so anxious that physical symptoms would occur I would act very weirdly, have stuttered speech and not feel comfortable. To the best of my knowledge all this occured due to family/social problems and recreational drug use. I kind of solved this by eating better, taking care of myself, going gym, concentrating on my speech etc. i now only feel anxious in very pressured situations like interviews or presentations. Although I'm trying to finish my dissertation and find it really hard concentrating, I've had to push it along with exams back till the summer and this is my last chance. I have put in so many hours maybe more than other people, I feel like all these sacrifices I'm making (given up my hobbies, bad sleeping pattern, all this time and effort) is going to be all for no reason because I feel like I'm going to fail due to my bad concentration. I have also experienced a little paranoia lately as I have been drinking green tea which I thought would help. Does anyone have any suggestions? thanks. 

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    Hi. I'd definitely stay off the green tea.  It contains caffiene which doesn't help with anxiety issues.  If you really like it I'd get a decaf variety.  And make sure you keep hydrated as that helps with concentration.  You might also find it helpful to try and work in short bursts, for example decide that you're going to work for an hour on your dissertation and then have a break.  Don't stress if you don't manage to get much done in that hour and make sure you have a break after the hour and then perhaps after a half hour break have another go for an hour.  That way you don't end up sitting trying to work for hours on end feeling as though you're not getting anywhere.  Hope this helps.
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    If you were smoking weed then it is likely that that could have caused the paranoia and sleeplessness.  Other drugs have differing effects so if you want to know about them try looking up side effects of the appropriate recreational drug to see if it caused you some harm in concentration.

    Richard

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      I was taking mephedrone, ketamine and mdma on rare occasions, not heavily or anything. just socially. but I've read it can be badly related to paranoia etc. I just dont really know how to improve my concentration now (may be stuck with it for life?) sometimes I just daze out and feel a bit spaced out
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    It may be the case that some symptoms develop because of drug use.  Maybe for peace of mind talk to a drugs councellor NEEDAS offer free advice.

    Richard

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