You’ve got Busy Lifestyle Syndrome. Chances are, you’ll be alive the next day. Everything’s going to be find, and NO, you don’t have Alzheimer’s disease. You won’t be losing your whole memory or dying anytime soon. Just relax! There’s a distinct difference between the two. If you’ve got Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, then you aren’t going to be stuck in a hospital with an IV in your arm. Now Alzheimer’s is a different story, but I won’t go into any morbid tales there…
If you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome:
- You experience small, yet frequent memory lapses. These can be anything but not limited to: why you entered a room, why you pulled your phone out, what task was at hand during work, where you left object XYZ, etc.
- You feel aloof and confused with an overburdened set of tasks throughout your day. However, you still manage to get things done and taken care of despite living a hectic lifestyle.
- You may feel emotionally overwhelmed and may have a difficult time dealing with stress
If you have Alzheimer’s:
- You tend to forget large things, like your name, your children, where you keep things in your kitchen, your address, the current president, etc.
- You may forget recent significant events or important conversations
- You have trouble multitasking and/or doing two or more things at the same time
- You have extreme personality shifts and have lost social skills
In any case, you should really see a mental health professional about Busy Lifestyle Syndrome if you suspect yourself to have it. Alzheimer’s Disease is a very serious medical condition that should be treated under the direct care of a physician. The problem that lies beneath is that people who actually have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome misdiagnose it as Alzheimer’s Disease. 90% of the time, and as long as you aren’t extremely elderly (80+), you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.
This may be another person going into freak-out mode over small memory lapses, but in the end, it’s alright that you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome. In fact, that’s perfectly fine. However, believing and telling people that you have Alzheimer’s Disease is NOT fine. Don’t misdiagnose yourself, and don’t take any chances. If you want a concrete answer, see a mental health professional. In the end, keeping a calm head is most important in this situation. Your mind is already racing from Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, you don’t need another thing worrying you on your plate.
Keep in mind, it’s OK to have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome. The only thing one needs to realize is that you just need a break, or a vacation, or maybe both! People who are often overworked, stressed out, or working 50+ hours a week non stop are prone to have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome. By having small memory lapses, your body is actually telling you to take it easy and relax. Your body NEED to rejuvenate itself and relax.
Most likely if you’re reading this, you just have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, and not Alzheimer’s, so everything should be ok. It’s nothing much to worry or freak out about, so relax, rejuvenate yourself, and maybe learn some memory hooks to get over your memory problems.