Tuesday, October 18, 2011
OCD and Brain Fog
I think that Brain Fog is something people should know more about. Brain Fog is just that – you feel unfocused, a bit dazed and you can’t concentrate the way you need to, at work or at school. I have experienced this and believe that there are many others who have also, without realizing the causes. An overworked brain, such as one experiencing OCD or other related disorders, can get foggy very quickly. In researching this, it is not only OCD, there can be many causes of living in a surrealistic state that you may find interesting.
For a correct definition of brain fog, I refer to an interesting article…
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© January 2011, The Center For Development
“The brain is the crowning organ of the human being. Therefore, dysfunctions involving it are always important. Brain fog is one of the most important symptoms today, even though I have not seen it listed as a diagnosis or recognized health condition in most medical or psychological texts.
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. I hope that medical doctors will soon expand their diagnostic ability to assess brain fog, but for now it is a subjective condition, though it is very real.
Brain fog is quite common. It affects thousands of people, including children as well as adults. It contributes to school and work problems, low self-esteem, accidents, unhappy relationships and often is a factor in crime and delinquency because it can cause intense frustration and inability to function well in society.
The onset of brain fog. Some people have had brain fog for most of their lives, and may even think their state of mind is normal. In some other cases, it comes on slowly with age or time. In still other instances, it may develop almost overnight, perhaps after a mild flu or other illness, or perhaps after a toxic exposure.”
For the complete article- http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/brain_fog.htm
I found some other information which may be useful to some individuals in figuring out exactly what may be causing their misty state of mind…
“Brain fog affects millions and contributes to unhappiness, poor productivity, failing school grades, crime, job loss, accidents, relationship and a range of social problems.
• Anyone experiencing brain fog can begin by improving diet and lifestyle. Reduce, or preferably, eliminate junk food, heavily sugared foods, and highly processed foods. Reduce, or preferably, eliminate wheat, dairy, and other commonly consumed foods that may be causing sensitivities or allergic reactions. Rather than soda pop, coffee, or juice drink at least 6 glasses of pure water every day (preferably room temperature water as it is easier for the body to process).
• Be sure to get enough sleep, take time to relax, and make a point to breathe deeply throughout the day. Detoxification methods like cleanses, colonic irrigation, and saunas can be very helpful - for many, radically life changing.
• In some cases, testing for allergies, illnesses, and brain diseases may be necessary. Brain fog caused by diet, lifestyle, toxicity, medication, spinal misalignments, and blood sugar imbalances does not show up in conventional medical tests.
• Visit a chiropractor or osteopath to rule out structural causes.
• Reduce levels of brain stress. Many people find meditation extremely helpful to feel calmer, more focussed, and have a stronger sense of well being.”
For the full article-
I hope this helps, and if you do have Brain Fog, I hope the fog lifts and the skies are sunny and clear for all!