Mastering meditation and deep breathing exercises takes a lot of practice. Maybe you just need more practice time. You might want to try other types of meditation. There are plenty of books about the subject. Try doing some research. You might learn about other methods that would help you.
Your medication might also be part of the problem. It might be interfering with your ability to concentrate. After seven years, it doesn’t seem to be helping. I’m wondering why you haven’t tried a different medication. Maybe it simply isn’t the right one for you. Have you talked about this with your prescribing physician? Another medication might make a big difference.
You might also want to ask about your having attention deficit disorder (ADD). That might be part of the problem. You can inquire about that possibility with your prescribing physician.
You might also want to try counseling. It need not be a long-term endeavor. A few sessions with a therapist could be helpful.
Finally, it’s always best to focus on reality. Negative feelings are often not realistic. They might be based on what you fear to be true rather than what is true. If you focus on what’s true, then you might feel less anxious and better able to concentrate. I hope this helps. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle