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Brain Fog: What It Is and How to Overcome It

Brain Fog in a Nutshell

Brain fog is a general term used to describe feelings of mental confusion or forgetfulness that cause problems with memory, concentration, decision-making, and overall cognitive function. It can make you feel disoriented, confused, and unable to think clearly.

Technically, Brain Fog is not a disease or syndrome, but rather a collection of symptoms that together cause a lack of mental clarity and memory problems.

The keys to beating brain fog are understanding what it is, how it works, and what you can do to overcome it. But, it’s also critical to seek qualified medical advice if you or someone you love is experiencing brain fog or a related cognitive disorder.

For many people, brain fog is a temporary and mild issue that goes away on its own. But for others, it can be a more serious and chronic problem that interferes with daily life. Most of all, Brain Fog can be very disruptive and costly. It can prevent you from enjoying life and cause you to miss out on important events. It can strain important relationships, and lead to bad decisions that can cost you money, or result in missed opportunities.

Causes

Image showing person struggling with the symptoms of brain fog.

It turns out many things cause brain fog, but the most notable recent cause is COVID 19. In a recent study, over 65% of long-haul COVID (or long COVID) patients reported experiencing brain fog. Over 520 million people have contracted COVID and studies estimate that at least 10% fall into the long COVID category.

Health Causes

A number of different health conditions are shown to cause brain fog, including:

– COVID 19

– Anxiety

– Depression

– Chronic fatigue syndrome

– Fibromyalgia

– Migraines

– Lack of Sleep

– Compromised Immune System

– Traumatic Brain Injury

– Concussions

Medication Causes

Brain fog can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as:

– Anticholinergics

– Antidepressants

– Sleeping pills

– Allergy medications

– Beta-blockers

– Birth control pills

– Calcium channel blockers

– Corticosteroids

– Some chemotherapy drugs

Lifestyle Causes

Brain fog can be caused by lifestyle factors as well, such as:

– Poor diet

– Lack of sleep

– Stress

– Alcohol or drug use

– Menopause

Solutions for Overcoming Brain Fog

Common Advice for Treating Brain Fog

The first step in overcoming brain fog is to identify the underlying cause. If your brain fog is due to a health condition, treatment for that condition may help improve your symptoms. If your brain fog is caused by lifestyle factors, making changes to your diet, sleep habits, and stress levels may help.

There are also a number of supplements and natural remedies that have been shown to be effective in treating brain fog. These include:

– omega-3 fatty acids

– magnesium

– ginkgo biloba

– green tea

– ashwagandha

Advanced Treatment

For many people, brain fog is a temporary and mild issue that goes away on its own. But for others, it can be a more serious and chronic problem that interferes with daily life. Functional neurology-based rehabilitation and training like the care provided by APEX Brain Centers can be highly beneficial for these cases.

Functional neurology-based rehabilitation and training is specifically focused on improving a patient’s cognitive function.

At APEX, we use state-of-the-art brain mapping and objective neurological testing to assess the brain’s function and then design a customized brain rehabilitation and training program to help the brain perform at its best.

Our treatment methods are based on intensive research and have been proven to be effective in improving cognitive function. Every care plan is tailored to each individual’s needs and we are committed to helping our patients reach their full potential.

Seeking Treatment for Chronic Brain Fog

If you or someone you love is experiencing brain fog, it’s important you seek medical advice from a qualified health care provider. Including, one who specializes in treating a brain-based medical condition like chronic brain fog.

Find Out if Brain Rehabilitation Can Help

 

Get your questions answered and understand treatment options by one of our board-certified physicians with extensive functional neurology experience.

Consultations are free, 15-minute phone calls, scheduled Monday through Friday.

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