How does mood affect cognitive functioning?
I’m glad you asked…
And because my company mainly helps people struggling with mental health disorders, I have unique insights and real-world experience to share.
When we help such individuals by practicing better gut health, we see marked improvement in their cognitive and executive functions.
How do we know this?
Because we also coach people with Executive Functioning (EF) skills.
So let’s take a deeper dive…
Conditions such as clinical depression and bipolar disorder have a major impact on cognitive functions. And once cognitive functions are impaired, EF rapidly decreases.
Such cognitive functions may include organization, clear thinking, time management, keeping a calendar, and many other vital day-to-day tasks.
EF deficits may cause problems in the workplace, social situations, school, finance management, relationships, and many other areas.
According to a paper published in Frontiers In Psychology, EF coaching should be given to patients with psychiatric disorders and ADHD, as they are most likely coping with EF
Failure to do so may lead to feelings of failure, inadequacy, poor self-esteem… and ultimately increased depression.
To avoid hurting a patient’s self-esteem, it’s extremely important you explain that EF deficits (as well as ADHD and other learning disabilities) are completely separate from their intelligence and overall self-worth.
While EF needs are highly specific to each individual, here are a few tips that can be very helpful in overcoming such challenges:
Many other EF skills like procrastination, organization, and motivation can all be improved through various techniques.
If you feel you need EF improvement, please reach out so we can have a conversation and figure out the best strategy to help you be more efficient, organized, energized, and confident!
You are not alone… and support is the best way to help yourself! Click here to schedule an appointment and start feeling more organized and self-confident.
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