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Cushing's disease may affect how you think

You may notice that you have trouble thinking clearly (called cognitive impairment). This happens to some people who have Cushing's disease but it doesn't happen to everyone. Cognitive impairment may make it difficult to:

  • Remember things that have happened
  • Describe things that have happened
  • Concentrate or focus on things

Making sense of cognitive impairment

The human brain may not function normally while under stress from hormone changes. Because Cushing's disease increases the level of cortisol, it can disrupt your brain function. Your brain function may also be disrupted by the emotional symptoms of Cushing's disease, like depression.

  • Let your doctor know if you are having trouble thinking clearly or describing past events
  • Ask friends and family if they have noticed a difference in your level of concentration or how you remember things

Learn how the diagnostic process can affect your emotions >