Do these lyrics from Diamond Rio’s “Beautiful Mess”, remind you of you or someone you know? Now, this was talking about being in love but I thought it sounded a lot like having BRAIN FOG!
Have you ever been called a Space Cadet, Airhead, or even Dumb?
I have my 15-year class reunion this summer and I’ll be introducing my fiance to many of my classmates. Unfortunately, if I were to guess two words that my classmates would use to describe me they would be,“forgetful airhead”.
My fiance has met one of my classmates who was in the top five of our class and when I told him that I graduated with my engineering degree he looked shocked! Actually, this was the expected reaction and I can’t wait to see it over and over again.
When I was young I had a hard time focusing on anything besides TV. Also, I had a hard time memorizing anything. This combination of lack of focus and bad memory made it very difficult in school.
Today, I have made many changes to improve my focus but I still have a hard time remembering things such as people’s names. I’m doing this blog to tell people what I have learned and done to rid myself of the “forgetful airhead” label and hopefully, learn from my readers how to keep improving my focus and memory.
Now for the information you really came to find out! What is brain fog? Brain fog isn’t a technical medical term but is often seen used as a symptom of several medical conditions such as ADD, ADHD, depression, thyroid disease and autoimmune diseases such as lupus, celiac, Crohn’s and disorders such as fibromyalgia.
According to the Marriam-Webster dictionary, brain fog means, “a usually temporary state of diminished mental capacity marked by inability to concentrate or to think or reason clearly” [Marriam-Webster]. Dr. Lawrence Wilson describes it in more detail here [Wilson]:
A clinical definition of brain fog. Brain fog may be described as feelings of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity. It is called brain fog because it can feel like a cloud that reduces your ability to think clearly. It can cause a person to become forgetful, detached and often discouraged and depressed. It usually is present most of the time, meaning it does not come and go, although it may become better or worse depending on what a person eats, or one’s state of rest and hydration.
Brain fog is not recognized as a clinical diagnosis because it is not easy to test for it. It is quite subjective, in other words. The person just knows that they do not function well, and the mind often seems foggy or cloudy. This is not the same as dementia, mental retardation, anxiety, depression or other common mental symptoms.
In my experience, brain fog was a constant state that I was in and some of the signs included:
- Unable to focus on tasks
- Forgetting events
- Forgetting names
- Forgetting things such as homework, keys, phone, etc.
- Unable to come up with words during conversation.
What are some of the signs of brain fog hat you have had?