Are You Suffering from Leaky Brain Syndrome?

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What is Leaky Brain Syndrome you ask? 

Leaky Brain Syndrome is a chronic condition where details and other useful information just seem to leak from your brain. Some of these details are more important than others. I will give you some examples: I was suffering from Leaky Brain Syndrome (LBS) when I went to the grocery store to buy chicken for dinner. When I unloaded my car I brought in all the groceries except the chicken, which was discovered hours later. We had pizza that night.
Parents Suffering from Leaky Brain Syndrome will forget important details and often feel overwhelmed or confused.

Some details that leak are more important than others, like the time I was a half hour late to a client just because I had the wrong time stuck in my head. That was not good.

Other occurrences of LBS are just funny. Like when my mother-in-law dropped off a poinsettia on our front doorstep along with a tissue paper package beautifully tied with a ribbon. There was nothing inside the pretty package, but we did get some nice tissue paper to re-use.

Causes of Leaky Brain Syndrome in Parents:

LBS can occur to all busy people, but it is particularly virulent during certain times and situations:

  • LBS is frequently experienced by parents of children under the age of five.
  • LBS will occur in times of stress.
  • LBS is prevalent in parents with sick children.
  • LBS often attacks working women.
  • LBS can happen during the holidays when everyone is way too busy.
  • Parents of children of any age can often experience LBS.

Symptoms of Leaky Brain Syndrome:

As discussed before, the main symptom of LBS is forgetting details but it can also cause a temporary lack of intelligence.

  • Forgetfulness is a common symptom.
  • Normally organized people suddenly become disorganized.
  • Cooking mistakes are often made, even by the best cooks. Like the time I forgot the package of gizzards inside the turkey. Yes, I roasted an entire turkey without removing that little package. Don’t tell my guests!)
  • Mail is sent without a stamp.
  • You say more stupid things than normal.

So what can be done you ask?

Treatment for Leaky Brain Syndrome:

Really effective treatment has not yet been discovered, but here are some things that you can do to alleviate the symptoms:

  • Write lists.
  • Actually read the lists!
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Get help and support from others.
  • Hide under the blankets until the leaking stops.

What we really need is a cure! Let’s all join together to eradicate Leaky Brain Syndrome. GoFundly accounts should be set up, a full social media campaign should be implemented to raise funds to stop LBS. The funds can be used to pay for personal assistants, massages, and retreats for busy people suffering from LBS.

Have you ever experienced Leaky Brain Syndrome?

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This article was written with the tongue firmly planted in the cheek. There are some people who believe that LBS can actually occur due to Leaky Gut Syndrome: Consumer Health Digest.  We do not wish to offend anyone who may actually suffer from a brain inflammation.

Parents Suffering from Leaky Brain Syndrome

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42 Comments



  1. Phew! It feels better to put a name to it and know I am not alone. I think my case has gotten worse as the kids have gotten bigger. : 0 )

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  2. This was hilarious! But I actually have LBS and need a cure for it stat. Think we could start up a fundraiser to hire people to keep lists for us? Every mom deserves an assistant, let’s be honest. Thanks so much for sharing at #mommymeetupmondays. I hope you’ll join us again this week!

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  3. Love this, I’m definitely affected by LBS and have been for years. Thanks so much for the tips and linking up with #BeyondMommyingSiS

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  4. Too funny! I began to notice the onset of this syndrome well before I became a mother, but I found that the symptoms have gotten worse and worse since my daughter was born 3 years ago. I sure hope we can find a cure soon!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

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  5. Haha, I love this! Only I have teens and have fallen victim of this syndrome! Let me say…there is no cure all! LOL

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  6. I suffer quite severely from LBS! I have a 2.5 year old and a 10 month old. LBS gets much worse when I don’t sleep well! Hoping I recover in a few years!

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  7. This is so me!! I am constantly doing this and blame it on the mommy/pregnancy brain!

    Definitely need to do a better job of keeping lists and reading them haha!

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  8. LBS intensifies with child-rearing. The more offspring you have, the more it leaks 😉

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  9. YES! I suffer! All the time. And lists have saved my life! I can’t remember anything anymore unless I write it down. I try to remember to breathe and it’s so hard. I will now go under my blanket 🙂 I loved this, we can all relate. My mom did the same thing with the Turkey once and she told everyone and cried. She had LBS and didn’t know.

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  10. Seriously the story of my life!! I used to blame it on being pregnant, but after the baby was born and it didn’t go away I knew I was in trouble. I will be unloading groceries and the one thing I came for I forgot. Too late then, so I sub in dinner just like you…. LOVE this!!

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  11. Oh my gosh, loved loved this post! I always talk about “mommy brain” but this term is even better! Gave me a good laugh! It is so true though! May I share this? It’s so good!

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    1. Thanks so much, we’re glad it made you laugh. Of course you can share it, we must spread the word so we can all get help. 😉

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  12. I definitely suffer from leaky brain syndrome. I almost always have it when I am at target! 🙂

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  13. oh man I am definitely a sufferer! Long time symptoms and no relief in sight. I think I’m just going to have to live with it! Love this!

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  14. Love the solution to LBS—> make a list and actually read it lol!

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  15. Ha! I seriously struggle with this, especially when walking through doorways. I love the “make a list” suggestion, followed by the “actually read the list” instruction! So funny!

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    1. You are right, “Mommy Brain” and LBS are related disorders. It’s good to know that so many of us share the same struggle.

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  16. Finally, I have my diagnosis! I suffer from this ALL the time. I write a whole email referring to the attachment then forget to attach the attachment. Hahaha! I have tried the lists but like you said I then don’t read the list. I mean I wrote it right, I should know what’s on it! Nope, I forget.

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