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Cognitive overload

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Cognitive overload

 

Cognitive overload occurs when a person has too much to think about and becomes overwhelmed trying to complete multiple tasks. There might not be enough time to do everything that needs to be done or the tasks may be too difficult.

Consequences of cognitive overload

Constant changes to family schedules to accommodate the PSP can take a toll. Families can experience flexibility fatigue, relationship strain, uncertainty, and guilt.

 

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