Have you ever had that feeling where you’re in a fog and you’re unable to recall anything from your past, even if it was from last week or even the other day? Ever had the inability to think clearly?
Welcome to life with extreme anxiety.
A chemical imbalance of any kind throws everything off. This is also true when it comes to anxiety. Our brain chemistry produces a stress response known as the fight-or-flight response when experiencing high levels of anxiety. Increased levels of adrenaline and cortisol are released and if it happens too frequently, the brain can become exhausted causing memory loss. Research shows that people with extreme anxiety have lost memories and could be a possible coping mechanism to forget traumatic incidents to prevent further instances of anxiety or emotional harm. Mental health clinicians say anxiety can cause memory loss since it is an incredibly unpleasant emotion, and memory loss allows us to put off dealing with a negative event in an attempt to limit future instances of anxiety.
If you have ever experienced this, you know it can feel disorienting and scary not to remember. Recognizing the loss and feeling that follows is critical to physical, mental, and emotional rehabilitation.
Dealing with trauma, anxiety and memory loss is not easy. Speaking with a therapist may be a good idea to help talk through your anxiety and memory loss, develop coping skills to deal with the issues in the future.