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Brain Fog Discover the Causes and Tips for Combating it

Updated: Aug 26, 2023


Brain fog causes and treatments

Ever experienced brain fog? It's when your mind feels like it's lost in a bit of a haze, making it hard to think clearly. This can mess with memory, focus, and even decision-making. Brain fog doesn't show up the same way for everyone, but it often brings confusion, forgetfulness, and a struggle to think straight.


Guess what? Stress often plays the role of the troublemaker behind brain fog. It can stir up inflammation in the brain, messing with how well your mind can work. But that's not all – brain fog can also pop up if you're not catching enough Zzzs, not keeping active, munching on not-so-healthy stuff, or even dealing with things like depression or anxiety.


The bright side? You can totally tackle brain fog. Step one is figuring out why it's showing up and then taking it on. Let's say it's stress – you might find things like meditation, self-hypnosis, or yoga useful in handling it. Brain fog is a condition indicated by a lack of mental clarity and focus. It can cause difficulty with memory, concentration, and decision-making. The symptoms of brain fog can vary from person to person, but they often include confusion, being forgetful, and an inability to think clearly.

One of the most common causes of brain fog is stress. Stress can cause inflammation in the brain, leading to a decreased cognitive function. Other causes of brain fog include Insomnia, lack of physical activity, poor diet, and certain medical conditions such as depression and anxiety.


There are several treatments available for brain fog. The first step is to identify and address the underlying cause. For example, if stress is the cause, then stress-management techniques such as meditation, self-hypnosis or yoga might be help.


Other treatments for brain fog include:


Exercise to combat brain fog

Staying active on a regular basis is a good move – it helps blood flow nicely to the brain. What you eat matters too. A diet packed with fruits, veggies, and omega-3 fatty acids is a smart choice. Supplements can also lend a hand. Omega-3s, B vitamins, and vitamin D might be worth a try.


Want to sleep better? Stick to a solid sleep routine and keep screens off before bedtime. If you're thinking it's more than just a fog and might be tied to something like depression or anxiety, it's okay to reach out for medical support.


Just a heads-up, brain fog isn't exactly a medical diagnosis. Docs don't really call it a disorder officially. Usually, the foggy symptoms are tags along with other stuff going on.


If you're caught in the fog, it's best to chat with your GP. They can dig into the real cause and help set up a plan to tackle it. With the right approach, you could definitely reduce those symptoms and boost your thinking power.


If its not brain fog, what else could it be?


If brain fog is not the underlying cause, there are several other conditions that can cause symptoms similar to brain fog, Such As:


A woman lying on a bed unable to sleep

Feeling tired all the time? That chronic fatigue can really mess with your energy and drive, making it tough to concentrate and think straight.


Ever thought about depression? It can wrap you in feelings of hopelessness and zap any interest you have in things, throwing your focus and concentration out of whack.


Anxiety's another player. It can pack your mind with worries and fears, totally hijacking your focus and concentration.


Then there are sleep problems, like insomnia or sleep apnea. They bring along fatigue and mess with your memory and concentration.


Your thyroid's in the mix too. If it's not doing its job right, like with hypothyroidism, you might feel worn out and drained, making focus a mission.


Ever heard of vitamin or mineral shortages? Not having enough of things like B vitamins and iron can tire you out and make focus seem impossible.


Chronic pain's a troublemaker too. It tires you out and throws a wrench in clear thinking.

Hormones can join the party. If they're not in balance – menopause, for instance – they can mess with your focus and leave you worn out.


Medications can mess with your head too. Some like antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, and sleeping pills can lead to drowsiness, confusion, and memory woes.


Bottom line? If brain fog's hanging around, a visit to a GP or healthcare expert is smart. They'll suss out what's at the root and help set up a plan. They might even run exams or tests to figure out if there's an underlying issue causing the fuzziness.


Could my brain fog be long Covid?


Brain Fog and Long Covid 19

Absolutely, brain fog is one of the things people talk about when it comes to "Long COVID." This term is used for the ongoing symptoms that stick around after folks recover from COVID-19.


These Long COVID symptoms can be quite different for everyone. They might involve things like feeling tired, having trouble breathing, chest discomfort, muscle and joint ache, headaches, brain fog, and finding it tough to remember or concentrate.


These symptoms can linger for weeks or even months after the first bout of the illness, and they can really impact daily life and the ability to get on with life


Remember – not everyone who had COVID-19 gets hit with Long COVID. And how common these symptoms are can change based on who we're looking at.


Studies suggest that people who had a severe bout of COVID-19, older people and those with certain existing health issues are more likely to end up with Long COVID symptoms.


If you're dealing with these Long COVID symptoms, it's a good idea to talk to your Doctor, they can help you come up with a plan of action. That could involve things like medications to manage specific symptoms, physical therapy, and changes in how you live, like exercise and finding ways to handle stress.


Can my doctor diagnose brain fog or is it not so simple?


Doctor making a diagnosis for brain fog

Diagnosing brain fog isn't always easy for doctors, to diagnose, mainly because it's not its own clear-cut medical condition. Brain fog tends to show up as a symptom of something else going on, rather than being the main issue itself.

Your Doctor might use different tactics to figure out what's behind your brain fog:

  • This might be a physical examination, this might help to spot signs of an underlying issue, like thyroid problems.

  • Your medical history should get looked at, including any medicines you're taking.

  • Blood tests could be taken. They can help check for stuff like not having enough vitamins or minerals or even other medical conditions.

  • They might talk with you to see if things like depression or anxiety might be playing a part.

  • Sleep studies could come up to check if sleep problems are around for you.

  • And sometimes, they might even dig into your cognitive function with a neuropsychological evaluation.

Consequently, the reasons behind brain fog can be pretty varied and tangled, so it could take a while for your doctor to pin it down. They might even point you to a specialist if they're thinking it's linked to a specific issue.

Most important? Be honest with your doc about your symptoms and anything else that's on your mind. That way, they can get a clear picture and set you up with the right treatment plan.


Could brain fog be a sign of dementia?

Brain fog sometimes gets linked to dementia, which is a broad term for a drop in cognitive function that's intense enough to mess with everyday life.


Dementia messes with memory, thinking, and behavior. It can happen due to various underlying issues like Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia.


Here's the deal – brain fog doesn't always mean you have dementia, and not everyone dealing with brain fog should arrive at that conclusion. Dementia usually involves a gradual decline in cognitive function over time. On the other hand, brain fog often shows up as a short-lived or on-and-off symptom.


If you're stuck in the brain fog zone, you should talk to your doctor, they can figure out the root cause. If they're suspecting dementia, they might run tests like memory and cognitive assessments, imaging scans, and lab tests to hit on a diagnosis.


Sharon Shinwell Clinical Hypnotherapist

Self Hypnosis and or Guided Meditation can be a great tool to help you to deal with medical issues. ​We have downloadable Self-Hypnosis sessions for Health and well-being HERE All the sessions on our website are written and recorded by Sharon Shinwell. Sharon is a UK qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been helping people to improve their lives for over 20 years.

"This article represents the personal views and opinions of the author and should not be taken as representative of the official policy or position of any organization, professional, expert, or individual."



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