Too much information to process? This is cognitive overload!


Cognitive overload happens when you reach a point of paralysis of information — not being able to process and then act on what is heard. If you are overwhelmed by more information than your brain can receive, you may develop frustration and detachment from the details your brain is processing. You may respond to cognitive overload in different ways based on external factors and internal behaviors, including paralysis, anger, passivity, understanding. Watch for cues that are a sign to slow down or step back from actions affecting your well-being. Increased stress, fatigue, and frustration with your normal daily activities can indicate cognitive overload is affecting your actions. If you're experiencing a pathological process that is interfering with your ability to enjoy life and do things you need to do and enjoy, it's time to seek care or talk with someone about those feelings.