Symptoms — fuzzy thinking
“What was I saying?”
“I had trouble concentrating and couldn’t remember what I just said
or did. It was horrifying for me. Now, I’m way more into the moment of what
I’m doing.” — Lauren,
Personal Program Member
Do you sometimes forget what you’re doing — right in the middle of doing
it? Find yourself re-reading the same sentence? Or just can’t concentrate
like you used to do?
There are endless variations on this theme — because impaired memory and concentration
are very common symptoms of perimenopause.
Fortunately, a temporary loss of mental function doesn’t mean you’re
losing your mind, or that you’re at greater risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
But it isn’t something you should accept as a normal consequence of aging,
either. It’s just a sign that you need to take better care of yourself.
The sudden shifts in hormonal balance that occur so frequently in perimenopause
are probably the root cause of “fuzzy thinking.” Estrogen and progesterone
are key neurotransmitters in the brain, and if you suffer from hormonal imbalance,
their levels are in flux.
The accumulated adverse effects of poor nutrition or free radical damage are also
common factors. You may be taking stimulants (smoking, alcohol, caffeine, aspartame,
for example) or over-the-counter drugs (Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, Benadryl, for example)
that affect brain function or suppress neurotransmitters needed to support healthy
brain function. There’s recent evidence that
insulin resistance may create a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.
If you’d like to learn more about
fuzzy thinking, read our article. We’ve been very successful in our
Personal Program in relieving fuzzy thinking and forgetfulness.
Last Modified Date: 04/27/2012