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How might lupus affect your mental abilities?

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Lupus or treatments for it can make it harder for you to think clearly. It’s sometimes described as “fuzzy-headed” feeling or being in a “lupus fog.” You might become more forgetful. These symptoms usually ramp up during periods when your lupus is more active, or flares. The mental problems also can be a sign that you may be depressed.

From: Lupus and Mental Health Concerns WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Hospital for Special Surgery: “The Effects of Lupus and Lupus Medications on Mood” and “Lupus and Depression.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals 3rd Edition: Chapter 4: Care of the Lupus Patient.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.” 

Office of Health and Human Services: “The Ups and Downs: Coping with Lupus.”

Muscal E.  Neurol Clin, Feb. 1, 2010.

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Hospital for Special Surgery: “The Effects of Lupus and Lupus Medications on Mood” and “Lupus and Depression.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals 3rd Edition: Chapter 4: Care of the Lupus Patient.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.” 

Office of Health and Human Services: “The Ups and Downs: Coping with Lupus.”

Muscal E.  Neurol Clin, Feb. 1, 2010.

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 9, 2017

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