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Too stressed to think? Towards improved characterisation of cognitive impairment in stress-related exhaustion disorder

Research project Stress-related exhaustion disorder is associated with cognitive impairment, such as problems with memory or concentration. However, the nature of the cognitive problems persons with exhaustion disorder experience in their everyday life is not yet fully understood. This project will study cognitive function and mental fatigue in stress-related exhaustion disorder.

The aim of this project is to characterize the pattern of cognitive impairment in stress-related exhaustion disorder and explore the influence of mental fatigue on cognitive function in the patient group. Increased understanding of cognitive impairment in stress-related exhaustion can contribute to development of evidence-based rehabilitation methods and adjustments in the work environment that can strengthen patients’ everyday functioning and work ability.

Head of project

Hanna Malmberg
Associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

2021-01-01 2023-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Psychology

Research area

Psychology

External funding

Forte

Project description

Stress-related illness, including exhaustion disorder, is one of the primary reasons for sick-leave and reduced work ability. Patients with exhaustion disorder frequently report experiencing cognitive difficulties, which can persist several years after treatment. However, the nature and mechanisms of cognitive impairment in exhaustion disorder is not yet fully understood.

This project aims to investigate the pattern and severity of cognitive impairment in exhaustion disorder and explore the influence of mental fatigue on cognitive functioning. To reach this aim, we will conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to synthesize the literature on cognitive function in exhaustion disorder. Moreover, we will explore how persons with exhaustion disorder are affected by sustained mental activity.

The project will contribute with increased understanding of cognitive function and mental fatigue in exhaustion disorder. Such knowledge is important for the development of effective treatments that can strengthen everyday functioning for persons with exhaustion disorder.  

External funding