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Brain Fog & ADHD


I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. I’ve had the same set of problems since I can remember: Forgetfulness, losing things, inability to read text, excessive talking and interrupting, inability to prioritize or stay on task, lack of a concept of time, etc. However, my biggest complaint is that my brain always seems to lack clarity. I remember when I was younger, and periodically I would have these moments where the fog would lift and I felt like I could tackle anything. But, it was very brief. I haven’t felt that in several years. Does anyone else experience this fogginess? No medication seems to help me a great deal. Am I expecting too much from the medication? Is it possibly not ADHD? So frustrated.

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People do complain of brain fog with ADHD; but there are other possible causes.  You might wish to discuss this with your general doctor. I think some forms of arthritis and other autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, and - shoot, I can’t remember and don’t have the time to look it up ... I’m thinking thyroid and/or cardiovascular system and/or diabetes/blood sugar issues. You can be misdiagnoses or have a comorbidity. Could also be sleep deprivation long term. Could be directly related to meds you are taking or indirectly if the meds are messing with your sleep. Could be dehydration. That’s the easiest one to test: Start with your weight in pounds. Cut that number in half. Take that number and drink that many ounces (US measure) in water EVERY DAY.  If you are chronically dehydrated it may take you some days to build up to be able to pace that out.  After you have reached that amount (this is considered a maintenance amount - not a funky water diet thing - this should be normal lifestyle care) see if you are thinking more clearly. You don’t need a doctor for this one. I never drink enough.  When I’m really “off”, a friend reminds me and I force myself to drink up. Sometimes I feel a difference immediately after 10 ounces and sometimes it takes a few hours to notice some difference and in a couple of days I know that’s what it was.

Posted by Juggler on Nov 06, 2013 at 12:32pm

Juggler is right. I have fibromyalgia and have brain fog most of the time. I also have psoriatic arthritis and that contributes to it also.

Posted by Rancher John on Nov 06, 2013 at 4:13pm

Dehydrated!!  Yes!  I bet I am chronically dehydrated!  It is so hard to remember to drink water.  Ha.  Catch-22.

Posted by hitwcidb on Nov 06, 2013 at 4:32pm

Ha! I was going to say that you are probably dehydrated…try wearing a camelback? Lol, no, I’m serious, though…camelbacks are affordable if you can get one on sale and having a litre of water on your back attached to a straw sitting next to your mouth makes it hard to forget to drink and most of the time people think they’re an awesome idea so if you explain it, no one will think you’re wierd. I would do it if I owned one…I used to wear one in college and high school.

Also, eat more produce in place of grain-based products. That always helps me lift the fog, too.

Posted by jessiela12887 on Nov 06, 2013 at 7:18pm

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