Difficulty concentrating is serious when it affects your daily living. If you sometimes forget names, you're probably okay. But you may have a more serious problem if you have trouble remembering how to do things you've done many times before, getting to a place you've been to often, or doing things that use steps, like following a recipe.
Difficulty concentrating usually decrease the short-term memory functioning. This is why most women who suffer difficulty concentrating can remember old events (things that happened years ago), but cannot remember recent event (like where they left the keys)
Women are often concerned when they experience increasing difficulty concentrating, poor short-term memory, and fuzzy-thinking during middle age.
The causes for difficulty concentrating are usually divided into two: psychological and physical . However, it's generally accepted that physical causes are responsible for these disturbing difficulty concentrating.
Psychological causes for Difficulty Concentrating
These are grouped in two, the ones related to disorders which are really uncommon, and the ones related to life stresses. The first ones are characterized because they are rare hereditary diseases provoked by chemical imbalance in the brain. The second group is related to daily stress, overwork and fatigue, which can make you lose emotional stability. Either way, keep in mind that the physical causes for disturbing difficulty concentrating are much more likely to happen.
Physical causes for Difficulty Concentrating
The main cause for disturbing difficulty concentrating is hormonal imbalance. Estrogen controls cortisol hormone, which blocks with the function of neurotransmitters (chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other) especially acetylcholine (implicated in memory). When estrogen lowers and cannot be able to control cortisol, neurotransmitters start malfunctioning leading to disturbing difficulty concentrating. Therefore, avoiding and controlling estrogen hormone imbalance is important to reduce disturbing difficulty concentrating.
Other uncommon and rare causes for disturbing difficulty concentrating are Alzheimer's disease, alcoholism, brain infections and some medication. Nonetheless, as imbalanced hormonal levels are the most common cause for disturbing difficulty concentrating; there are a variety of safe and effective treatments for it. Keep reading to learn about the efficient ways to cope disturbing difficulty concentrating.
Difficulty Concentrating is just an indicator of the declination of estrogen hormones that menopause produces. These changes result in a hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and cause Difficulty Concentrating. Therefore, the best and most effective way to treat Difficulty Concentrating is to control its main cause by balancing hormonal levels.
Three approaches for the treatment of Difficulty Concentrating
There are three levels of treatments of Difficulty Concentrating:
- (1) Lifestyle Changes,
- (2) Alternative Medicine and
- (3) Drugs and Surgery.
You should always start with the least risky approach (lifestyle changes) and go on to riskier approaches (surgery/drugs) only if necessary.
The first level involves no risk but may be the hardest way to go. You'll have to change many habits of your daily life. So if you are considering this approach, you will need a strong mind and a positive thinking for managing these changes.
Nonetheless, techniques for stress reduction (e.g. yoga), a diet rich in estrogenic food (soy, alfalfa, cherries, rice, wheat and yams) or even becoming more fit by doing regular exercises, will have positive effects on the treatment of Difficulty Concentrating.
It's not easy to follow up this approach, that's why you might want to consider the next level of treatment, because alternative medicine is an excellent treatment for Difficulty Concentrating.
Alternative approaches involve little or no risk and can be considered as the safest way to treat Difficulty Concentrating. In this level of approach, Herbal remedies are the most effective option.
There are basically two types of herbs to treat Difficulty Concentrating during menopause: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs. Phytoestrogen herbs (e.g. Black Cohosh, Dong Quai) contain plant estrogens. Therefore, these herbs replace the missing estrogen; unfortunately, phytoestrogen herbs produce several side effects (like breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes) as a result from adding hormones from outside.
Unlike phytoestrogen herbs, non-estrogenic herbs don't contain any estrogen. Instead, non-estrogenic herbs nourish your hormonal glands for healthy production of your own natural hormones. This ultimately ends up in balancing overall hormones levels. Due to this, non-estrogenic herbs, like Macafem, can be considered as the safest way of natural treatment for Difficulty Concentrating.
Nature & Health magazine. Dr. Chacon says:
A combination of approaches is a good route to take. Lifestyle changes combined with alternative medicine will probably take care of Difficulty Concentrating during menopause in a more efficiently way.
Drugs and Surgery
Interventions at level 3 involve the highest risk and often the highest costs. The most common drug therapy for the treatment of Difficulty Concentrating in the US is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). There's no doubt that this is the quickest and strongest way to combat hormonal imbalance; unfortunately, it entails serious side effects and increases the risk of different cancer types among women.
If you still consider following this approach, take a visit to your physician, and get informed about what this treatment option involves.
Remember that these three levels of approaches are not mutually exclusive. You can use different approaches at different times or combine several at the same time. Nowadays more and more women think that the best treatment for Difficulty Concentrating during menopause is accomplished via a combination of healthy lifestyle and alternative treatments.