I "Black Out" During Times Of Stress Or Anxiety.i Function But Forget Periods Of Time.
Originally asked by Community Member Happy0ne
I “Black Out” During Times Of Stress Or Anxiety.i Function But Forget Periods Of Time.
Is stress of anxiety the cause of these “black outs”?
Thanks for your question. I notice you express “black out” in a way that suggests you don’t actually lose consciousness - is this accurate? Clearly if you are losing consciousness you need a neurological assessment from your doctor.
Assuming however you are describing a sense or a symptom of high anxiety then this is a bit different. You don’t mention whether you are taking medication for anxiety. Memory loss is a side effect of a group of medicines known as benzodiazepines. Suppression of memory during moments of high tension, stress or anxiety is not unknown and it’s just possible that you have developed a coping mechanism to help you get through the worst moments. Memory is a strange thing in that we tend to recall things quite well - the problem comes when we attempt to retrive them.
I’m not sure from your question how extensive or frequent a problem this is. If you feel it isn’t interfering with your life (and you’ve ruled out the meds and black-outs previously mentioned) then it may be something to live with. The more things like this start to worry us, the greater the chance they develop into something bigger.
As a psychologist it would be an oversight if I didn’t mention psychological therapies. If you haven’t considered this it may be worth doing so.
You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition.
Answered by: Jerry Kennard