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Overcoming Anxiety and Confusion

Faiq Shaikh, M.D.
Overcoming Anxiety and Confusion

While anxiety isn't necessarily the type of condition that causes neurological deficits, there are ways that anxiety appears to affect your brain that can cause a considerable amount of stress and make it more difficult to function.

One of those ways is confusion. Anxiety can, in an indirect way, lead to a significant amount of confusion. Overcoming that confusion is an important part of maintaining a high quality of life. Below, we'll explore the causes and effects of that confusion, along with tips for controlling it.

Confusion and Anxiety Disorders

Confusion is fairly complicated. It can hit those at the height of their anxiety, or affect those suffering from mild anxiety through the course of the day. It may even be a specific anxiety symptom, as the result of a traumatic event.

Confusion may be defined in several different ways, and each way may have its own causes:

These are some of the types of confusion, and they're all valid. From a rush of stress hormones causing memory loss and difficulty concentrating to distortions in reality, all of these can be caused by anxiety.

How to Overcome Confusion

Overcoming those feelings of confusion can be tricky. There are several issues you need to try to stay on point in reality:

These are the more specific strategies for confusion, but the reality is that as long as you're still plagued with anxiety, there is always going to be a confusion risk. That's why it's so important to start treating your anxiety so that you can decrease that stress and have an easier time paying attention to the things around you.

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