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Neurology Specialist Prof. Dr. “If you are busy with one, two, three or even more jobs at the same time during the day and you are experiencing intense stress at this time, you may be facing ‘messy brain syndrome’,” said.

In today’s conditions, technology forces us to do more than one job at the same time. It has almost become the ‘new normal’ of our time. the phones in our hands are open in front of us all day long, our computers are directing us to multitask whether we want to or not, causing us to be constantly distracted. So have you ever thought about what happens in your brain when you try to be busy with more than one job at the same time?

Turkey Medicals member and Istanbul hospital Neurology Specialist Prof. Dr. listed the harms of multitasking the brain as follows:

1- Our brain works less decently:

When our brain constantly shifts gears to move from one to another between multiple tasks -especially when these tasks are complex and require intense attention- it becomes less efficient and we are more likely to make mistakes. This may not be evident in simple and routine tasks, such as listening to music while walking or folding laundry while watching TV. But when tasks are more complicated, trying to multitask can negatively affect our lives or even be dangerous. People talking on the phone while driving in traffic, such as an accident…

2- Our focus and concentration are negatively affected:

The more work we try to do together at the same time, the less we achieve, because our ability to focus decays. College students who try to do multiple jobs at the same time have longer homework hours and lower average grades, a study has shown.

3- Mental performance decreases:

We are faced with a slower pace of work due to the increased mental demand associated with jumping from one job to another while trying to do multiple jobs at the same time. Changing our focus also prevents us from relying on automatic behavior to finish tasks quickly, and as a result, we tend to work slower. Multitasking can reduce your performance and make you more prone to making mistakes.

4- Stress increases anxiety and anxiety:

Doing more than one job at a time increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as adrenaline, which overstimulates your brain and tires you quickly. The high level of the stress hormone cortisol during the attempt to do more than one job in the brain leads to anxiety, aggressive and impulsive behaviors in us. We answer the phone at the same time, we look at something on the Internet, we check our emails. All this is part of the brain’s quest for difference, innovation and reward. The pleasure we get jun doing these things is more than when we do a single task, especially if it is a task we do unintentionally, we get even more distracted. However, instead of collecting the big jun and pleasure reward that we will receive when we finish the only task we are focused on, we get empty rewards by collecting small candies by distributing them. So in fact, while multiple jobs are not good for your brain, they can also be addictive on the other hand.

5- It leads to the fact that you make the wrong decisions:

Trying to do multiple tasks at the same time requires making a large number of decisions. Should I reply to this text message or ignore it? Should I keep this e-mail? Should I continue what I’m working on right now or should I take a break? It turns out that too many small decisions take as much energy as big ones. One of the first things we lose when we start making too many decisions is impulse control. At this rate, after making a lot of trivial decisions, we become able to make really bad decisions about something important. Multitasking hinders your ability to solve problems and think creatively, and reduces the likelihood of finding good solutions.

6- It leads to you being less productive:

Because we are good at moving from one task to another, we think this makes us good at multitasking. But we’re also great at losing focus. Research shows that multitasking reduces your productivity by 40%.

7- Causes of disorganized brain syndrome:

Intense work pace, feeling under stress and pressure, trying to do a lot of work at the same time instead of focusing on one job, poor nutrition and irregular sleep with the effort of upbringing lead to disorganized brain syndrome. In the foreground of the burnout table, people complain of constant fatigue, difficulty concentrating, feeling stressed and anxious, difficulty falling asleep, and clenching their teeth. Not only that, but also forgetfulness, a decrease in work performance, frequent mistakes in work begin. Trying to do many things at the same time leads to superficial thinking, decreased creativity, frequent mistakes, inability to sift out unnecessary information, and depressive symptoms. Because the brain is not equipped to do many things at once, and trying to do it for a long time increases stress, as well as leads to depression and a decrease in intellectual capacity.


Instead of doing many jobs at the same time to get rid of disorganized brain syndrome, you should create your schedule so that after you finish one job, you switch to another job. Limit distractions. This could mean looking for a quieter place to work, turning off your phone and turning off notifications and alarms. One of the biggest factors preventing you from working efficiently is stress. Stay away from stressful items. Your mind is lost between unfinished business of the past or work anxiety of the future waiting to be finished, and if you can’t focus on the “moment”, is; to stay in the ”moment”, do exercises, breathing exercises. follow the rule of 20 minutes. Instead of constantly switching between tasks, try to fully give your attention to one task for dec0 minutes before moving on to another. Choose the job you want to concentrate on and eliminate the seductive distractions. You will be surprised how much you will achieve by working december short intervals. But more importantly, you will begin to restructure your brain to block out distractions and increase focus for a long time. Since it is unhealthy to sit for a long time, one advantage of this technique is that the timer signal reminds you to get up and move every 20 minutes. To cope with interruptions, reward yourself with a 5-minute break.

However, should you have difficulty coping, cognitive behavioral treatments with professional support will work a lot.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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