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Anxiety Can Cause Memory Problems

Henry Vyner, MD, Psychiatrist
Anxiety Can Cause Memory Problems

Anxiety is a condition that involves a great deal of "overthinking." Many people with anxiety find that they're trapped inside of their own head, focusing on bad memories and having a hard time living life to the fullest.

So it may be a bit of a surprise to learn that anxiety can cause memory problems. But memory problems are actually fairly common and can affect many of those that suffer from every type of anxiety.

Memory Loss From Anxiety or Anxiety From Memory Loss

Anxiety is the type of condition that can also make you worried about issues that are not actually threatening. People forget things every day, but those with anxiety have a tendency to believe that their memory loss is worse than the rest of the population.

How Anxiety Can Cause Memory Loss

Anxiety can definitely cause memory loss. Here are three reasons that anxiety can cause memory loss:

It is important, though, not to jump to the conclusion that you are forgetting things because of anxiety, It is normal to forget things from time to time. However, if you have a persistent problem with memory loss, you should see a doctor to find out if there is a physical cause for your memory loss that can be successfully treated.

What Can You Do to Improve Memory?

Improving your memory starts by simply integrating more strategies to ensure that your brain is kept active. For example:

Of course, all of this means nothing if you continue to suffer from anxiety since the memory problems of anxiety will still affect you. That's why it's so important that you learn to stop your anxiety - not just manage it - if you want to really improve your memory.

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