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Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problems?

Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problems?

Yes.: An overactive thyroid might cause all of that, but anxiety alone certainly can. Both are treatable, so consult a physician. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problem?

Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problem?

Yes, for a purpose.: The fight or flight response, anger or fear, can produce adrenaline that shuts down unnecessary functions so you can best fight your way to safety or run away from danger. That means shutting down unnecessary brain activities like your ability to retreive information from long term memory. You are supposed to be in self-defense mode, not reminiscing. ...Read more

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Can depression cause memory loss and lack of concentration?

Can depression cause memory loss and lack of concentration?

It can: Yes, these can both be symptoms of depression. If you are not getting professional mental health care- please consider this beneficial option. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause forgetfullness and disorientation?

Can anxiety cause forgetfullness and disorientation?

Yes: absolutely, it is well established that Anxiety disorders are associated with variable degres of impairment of concentration, memory and speed of thinking . during a severe anxiety attack the person may experience feelings of disorientation. treatment is available and is effective good luck and feel better ...Read more

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Can anxiety be the cause of mental confusion and memory problems.?

Can anxiety be the cause of mental confusion and memory problems.?

See Below: It might, but it also might be that memory problems and mental confusion are causing anxiety. First of all, get evaluated by your primary care doctor to see if there's nothing physical going on. Find a psychologist to help you cope with your sx and learn techniques to deal with them. Practice relaxation, self-care for your anxiety sx. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can Anxiety and Depression cause Brain Fog, or changes in cognition?

Yes: What is Brain Fog? Brain Fog is a lay term to describe fluctuating mild memory loss that is inappropriate for a person’s age. It includes forgetfulness, spaciness, confusion, decreased ability to pay attention, an inability to focus, and difficulty processing information. Brain Fog can occur in Sjögren’s syndrome. Stress and anxiety and depression can cause Brain Fog-changes in congniton. ...Read more

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Can extreme stress or depression cause permanent memory loss?

Can extreme stress or depression cause permanent memory loss?

Memory is a very: Tricky thing. The simple answer is no. But something called pseudo dementia can happen in older patients who become very depressed. We now feel this is a sign of dementia to come. And, in other psychiatric disorders, patients frequently do not remember acute symptoms, or disordered behaviors. So, memory is a tricky thing. ...Read more

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Can MS cause memory problems and mood swings?

Can MS cause memory problems and mood swings?

You bet it could: About 65 % of ms patients experience some cognitive issues, and emotional lability and inappropriate behavior can be an issue. Symptomatic medications can help immensely, and memory enhancing agents, and a drug called nuedexta can be of great value. ...Read more

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Can major depression cause memorie loss?

Can major depression cause memorie loss?

Yes: Depression causes the loss of brain cells in the limbus system which includes the hippocampi. Treatment, whether medicinal or psychotherapy, triggers the brain to release brain- derived neurotrophic factor, essentially nerve growth factor in the brain which helps return memory to where it was before you got sick. It helps brain cells grow back! ...Read more

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Can depression cause memory loss ?

Can depression cause memory loss ?

Yes, in a way: There isn't a brain-destructive process like alzheimer's going on in depressed people, but thought process can be slowed to the point of not retaining information. If information isn't getting in, then it won't be remembered later. In the past there was a syndrome of "pseudodementia, " where low energy and poor motivation led to mistaken diagnoses of dementia in older people. ...Read more

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Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

Can remeron (mirtazapine) cause memory loss and confusion in the elderly?

No: Remeron (mirtazapine) actually calms down the anxiety that usually is associated with dementia (memory loss) and increases the appetite. Usually we have to tell the elderly to eat more protein and this medication usually make people get the munchies. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety and isolation cause delusions/hallucinations?

Can severe anxiety and isolation cause delusions/hallucinations?

Yes, isolation and: anxiety can trigger temporary delusions and hallucinations. A mental health professional can diagnose you and help you determine if this is the case or if some other condition is present. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and hypochondria cause vertigo?

Can anxiety and hypochondria cause vertigo?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Can metformin cause brain fog and loss of concentration?

Can metformin cause brain fog and loss of concentration?

Not likely: Metformin does not usually cause low blood sugar, only when used with other anti-diabetic medications. Rec.: talk with your doctor about whether the dose of your other diabetic medication(s) needs to be lowered. Take care. ...Read more

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Is memory loss symptom of stress and depression?

It could be.: Depression and anxiety and stress can make it harder to think and remember. But it is a good idea to have a professional evaluate all your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can benzos cause memory lost?

Can benzos  cause  memory  lost?

Absolutely: Benzodiazepines like valium, xanax (alprazolam) and ativan can cause significant loss of memory, confusion and addiction. See your physician for assistance in stopping these medications. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can depression and weight loss be related?

Can depression and weight loss be related?

They can be: A major depression, or even a depressed reaction to a situation can lead to many bodily changes. While some people lose weight when depressed, others gain weight. If you are losing weight without trying, it could be depression related. Check this out with your doc to be certain that you are not having any physical problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys?" or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child?" There also can be catastrophic memory loss such ...Read more