By that point people look at you like you are crazy. It's such a hard thing to describe to someone who has never felt it before. It's almost like someone has sucked the ability to articulate and speak right out of you. I find myself in this position a lot. Sometimes I will be in conversations with people and I will be at a complete loss for words. Retrieving what I want to say becomes a difficult task and I end up just kind of sitting there like a mute or blubbering some words. Then 20 minutes later I put together what I want to say and I wish I could call them back and go "Wait, I remember now, here's my answer to that." For me, writing is an outlet because it gives me time to collect my thoughts and organize it so it somewhat makes sense. It's much easier for me when it comes to important topics of conversation. Writing, however, takes me much longer.
So what is Brain Fog really? I found a few helpful snippets from articles and I wanted to compile them here as a reference. The next time you are in a situation looking to describe it to someone, these might come in handy:
- 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. (DrWilson.com)
- Brain fog is defined as a feeling of being somewhat disconnected or spaced out, mentally confused and lacking clarity, focus and concentration. Other symptoms may include a decrease in short-term memory, reduced attention span and the onset of forgetfulness. Individuals who suffer from brain fog will describe the feeling of being zoned out, detached, and "stuck inside their head." Some sufferers also report that they feel a tingling on top of their head, a sensation of cotton balls being in their head, and an impairment in their vision. (SheKnows)
- Brain Fog has been described as a feeling of mental confusion where the individual lacks mental clarity. Its as if there is a loss of focus, and a sensation of “so close and yet so far”. The term “fog” is used because it feels as if a cloud comes over your thought process that reduces your ability to think clearly. This may cause an individual to become excessively forgetful, though long term memory remains intact. Most people know something is wrong but cannot put their finger on it.
What makes this condition perplexing is that the fogginess can come and go. (Dr.Lam)