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What Is Brain Fog? 6 Signs That Your Forgetfulness May Actually Be A Medical Condition, According To Experts

Saturday 28 October 2017


From Bustle:


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What Is Brain Fog? 6 Signs That Your Forgetfulness May Actually Be A Medical Condition, According To Experts

27 October 2017
© 2017 Johnston Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Everyone has days where they feel like their head is in the clouds. Just this morning, I walked into my kitchen while getting ready, only to completely forget why I was there. On other days, this foggy headed feeling shows up in an inability to focus on a task, even if I know it's something I need to accomplish. Clearly, I'm not alone. According to a study at UCLA, one in seven adults under the age of 40 report forgetfulness due to their poor short-term memory. Commonly referred to as brain fog, the feeling can be caused by any number of things. In most cases, it's just a sign that you need to be getting more or better sleep. For others, brain fog is related to their anxiety, depression, or the medications they take to alleviate these conditions.

In up to 3 percent of adults, however, chronic brain fog can be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Women are most likely to be affected by chronic fatigue, comprising about 75 percent of all chronic fatigue patients, according to Dr. Fred Friedberg, a CFS researcher and professor of psychiatry at Stony Brook University's School of Medicine. "The worst thing about CFS is that you just can't function like you normally would," Dr. Friedberg tells Bustle.


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