What causes brain fog?

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Posted on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 in Brain and Spine
Question: Thank You. I am a Mother of a 42 year old son who is a commercial pilot with a well know company. However I am desperate to find a cure for him. He is experiencing brain fog, has seen many doctors in Arizona wthout any sucess. He sems tobe getting no help and is desperate for help. He has two smallmchildren, whom he supports, and hismhealth depends largely on his ability to fly for his livelyhood. PLeas, please help us in helping him. He is becoming despondent because of getting unsuccessful answers and help. Please , please help us or recommend some medical facility who can help him. Thank you for listening. My email is YYYY@YYYY \

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Answered by Dr. Abhishek Kapoor 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Could be due to stress or depression

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for using healthcare magic. I, Dr Abhishek Kapoor, would help you in this query.

I think, it is important for your to get some knowledge about Brain fog, also commonly known as brain fatigue. It can be a mild to severe episode of mental confusion that can strike without warning. When this occurs, it is common to experience a lack of focus, poor memory recall and reduced mental acuity.

Common Causes of Brain Fog
Brain fog and fatigue can be caused by a range of factors. In all cases, getting to the heart of what causes the brain fog is the key to overcoming this debilitating condition. Common causes of brain fatigue include:

1. Lack of Sleep: The brain needs sleep in order to recuperate. So, when sleep is regularly interrupted or when one suffers from a sleep disorder, they are more likely to experience brain fog in the morning upon waking. For some, a simple cup of coffee is enough to clear away the fog, but for those who suffer from serious sleep deprivation, the fog can stay for quite some time.

2 Stress: Stress is very powerful and it can negatively affect the body in a number of ways, including causing brain fatigue. While this is common during times of severe stress, such as when a loved one passes, normal everyday stress should not cause it. If one starts experiencing brain fog from normal everyday stress, this may be an underlying sign of another problem like depression.

3. Nutritional Deficiencies: Strong brain function relies on proper levels of magnesium, vitamin B12, and amino acids in the body. When these nutrients are deficient or the body is dehydrated, brain fog can occur.
4. Side Effects of Medications: Certain medications, such as those for high blood pressure, pain management and allergy relief, can cause mental confusion as a side effect. This can occur with any type of medication, both prescribed and over-the-counter.

Management:
Brain fatigue is often a controllable condition, if one is able to determine the underlying cause of it. Some activities that may help reduce the episodes of brain fatigue include:

Sleep: Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep has been shown to provide the best rejuvenating benefits. Try to increase the quality of your sleep to help reduce brain fatigue during the day.

Quit Smoking and/or Alcohol: Smoking and alcohol dramatically increase the number of free radicals being produced in the body, and this can play a role in mental confusion and poor brain health. Limiting intake of both will allow your body's antioxidants to start the healing process immediately.

Eat a Healthier Diet: A diet with plenty of fresh whole foods rich in Omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, magnesium and complex B vitamins will help reduce the episodes of brain fatigue.

Reduce Stress: Stress can literally be a killer, so practicing ways to reduce stress in your daily life can be quite helpful. Whether through exercise, meditation or another calming practice, reducing stress will help alleviate brain fog and help you to live a healthier life. He can try some antidepressant like paroxetine or stimulant like modafinil. That would decrease stress and increase his activity level.

Increase Antioxidant Intake: Eating a healthy diet naturally increases one's antioxidants, but even this is not always enough to combat the high levels of free radicals in the body. In order to maintain optimum mental clarity, some people supplement their diet with Spirulina.

In case, you have more query, you can ask.

Regards
Dr. Abhishek Kapoor
Psychiatrist
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