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Common Cognitive Symptoms in MS

Updated on October 30, 2019

MS can affect different parts of people’s brains and cause different cognitive symptoms. Some people with MS refer to their cognitive symptoms as “brain fog.” Some of the most common types of cognitive symptoms include:

ATTENTION & CONCENTRATION

Examples of trouble with attention and concentration include:

  • Your mind wanders or you lose your train of thought
  • You are easily distracted and have problems concentrating on tasks

INFORMATION & PROCESSING

Examples of problems with information processing are:

  • Having trouble learning new things
  • Feeling like your brain works slowly
  • Feeling as though it is hard to follow conversations when more than one person is talking at once
  • Feeling easily overwhelmed in loud places such as a restaurant or while watching a movie in a theater
  • Having trouble following directions
SHORT-TERM MEMORY

Examples of difficulty with short-term memory are:

  • Forgetting people’s names
  • Putting things back in the wrong place, for instance, the milk in the cupboard instead of the refrigerator
  • Losing track of sentences or conversations in the middle
  • Getting lost in places that you have been to many times
  • Having trouble remembering how to do tasks, for instance how to use a debit card
VERBAL FLUENCY

Examples of trouble with verbal fluency are:

  • You can’t find the words you want to say
  • You mix up the order of words, such as “cat black” instead of “black cat”
  • You don’t say the words you intend, and can confuse words when speaking
EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

Examples of problems with executive functioning are:

  • Having trouble multitasking, or doing more than one thing at the same time
  • Difficulty organizing or planning
VISUAL-SPATIAL RELATIONS

Examples of trouble with visual-spatial relations include:

  • Having trouble judging dimensions of areas - for instance, parking spots
  • Confusion with sense of direction

MyMSTeam recently conducted a survey of more than 850 members about cognitive symptoms. Read about results from the MyMSTeam member survey:

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