Information Overload Disorder

By: Dr Carla Kesrouani April 12, 2023 no comments

Information Overload Disorder


Information overload disorder, also known as information fatigue syndrome, is a growing concern in today’s digital age. With the constant flow of information from various sources, many people experience stress and anxiety from feeling overwhelmed by too much information.

Causes of Overload

Overload disorder can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Too much information from various sources
  • Difficulty in filtering and prioritizing information
  • Dependence on technology for work or social interactions
  • Pressure to keep up with the latest trends or news

Symptoms of Information Overload

Symptoms of information overload can include:

  • Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions
  • Feeling overwhelmed or stressed by too much information
  • Physical symptoms, such as headaches or eye strain
  • Difficulty in sleeping or relaxing
  • Anxiety or depression related to the overload

Psychological Effects

Information overload disorder can have serious psychological effects on mental health and well-being. Some common psychological effects of information overload disorder include:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression and burnout
  • Impaired cognitive function
  • Reduced work productivity
  • Decreased quality of life

Treating Information Overload Problems

Treatment for having overload related disorders may include:

  • Limiting exposure to information through digital detox or screen-free activities
  • Practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Developing strategies for filtering and prioritizing information
  • Seeking support from friends, family, or support groups
  • Consulting with a mental health professional for treatment options and guidance


Information overload, also known as information fatigue syndrome, can be caused by too much information from various sources, difficulty in filtering and prioritizing information, dependence on technology, and pressure to keep up with the latest trends or news. Psychological effects of information overload disorder can affect cognitive function, reduce work productivity, and decrease quality of life. Thus, it is important to recognize the impact of information overload on mental health and well-being and take steps to manage it.



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