Memory and Anxiety - how one affects the other
Anxiety is a normal reply to a stressful boost. It not only alerts us to danger but also prepares us to confront them. However, an excessive amount of anxiety, especially when there is an unreasonable boost or no boost at all. This signifies a mental health problem called anxiety disorder. Researchers are finding a link between anxiety disorders and memory loss.
Understanding Normal Stress Response
Stress or understandable stress restores the body’s ‘fight-or-flight response, which begins in the brain. When you sense danger, your senses boost (ears, eyes, etc.) to the part of the brain that processes emotions. The amygdala, then, simplify the boost your senses grasp. If the boost is dangerous, signals are sent from the amygdala to the hypothalamus, which boosts other glands to release certain chemicals to affect the ‘fight-and flight’ reaction.
During a stress reaction, Adrenaline and cortisol play a big role. These hormones affect psychological and physical changes. For example, dilated pupils, increased heart rate, heightened senses, in your body to put up a reaction to the boost.
These changes usually continue until your insight of the stressor stops. However, in individuals with anxiety disorder, this stress response can be restoring and persist in the absence of a life-threatening boost. This leads to discord physical and psychological changes.
How Anxiety Affects Memory
Research has shown that everyday anxiety and stress responses combine memory. This helps us to remember things clearly. In a study published in Brain Sciences, a group of people with higher anxiety levels remembered words displayed over negative images. This suggests that these participants had a better memory of these words because they were linked with an emotionally charged event that caused them anxiety.
One study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2003) found that anxiety disorder and memory loss are interrelating conditions in an elderly group. That anxiety may be an early seer of future mental impairment.
The study shows that people who have GAD, specific phobia, agoraphobia, and panic attacks also experience memory loss.
Furthermore, anxiety is associated with imaginary avoidance, which prevents disturbing information from processing and retaining. The basis for this, some researchers say, is that severe stress response releases certain substances that disrupt the brain’s learning and memory centres.
However, the evidence is by no way conclusive. Earlier studies looking at memory and anxiety showed no association or biases between anxiety and memory loss. There were a couple of large studies in the late 1990s and early 2000s looking at this exact thing, which couldn’t find an important lap.
Suggestions for memory difficulties in Anxiety Disorders
So what if you are someone with anxiety who has started to notice difficulties with your memory. If memory loss has begun to cause personal problems or problems at work and school, it is time to get help.
The first thing to do is to seek a Therapist. He can then help you with techniques to lower your anxiety and boost your memory. These emotional behavioural techniques help you understand and track your thoughts and emotions to avoid stressful boosts and prevent unnecessary stress reactions.
You may also adopt coping skills to help lower your anxiety.
These strategies include:
· Get support from friends and family
· Practice mindfulness
· Learn your triggers and avoid them.
· Keep a positive outlook
· Maintain a healthy diet.
· Increase your physical activity.
· Get enough sleep
· Stay well hydrated
· Practice grounding technique
Try memory aids. For example, write notes of things you want to recall later, make images of what you want to remember, learn new skills, and colour-code objects in your home to remember where they are.
Anxiety may make us remember things quite fast. But the uncontrolled display of stress reactions, as seen in anxiety disorders, potentially could do the opposite. The key lies in having your memory and anxiety assessed, considering other contributors and then working with your doctor to create a suitable holistic management plan.