Brain fog, which has come to the fore quite often recently, is not referred to as a disease in medicine, but it is necessary to pay attention to its symptoms and effects. Noting that brain fog occurs with symptoms such as attention deficit, decreased memory power, sleep disturbance and inability to think properly, experts warn by stating that this disorder may actually be a harbinger of other diseases.
Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Neurology Specialist Prof. Dr. Barış Metin shared important information about the symptoms that indicate brain fog, his recommendations for prevention and treatment.
Not a disease in medical language
Stating that the concept of Brain Fog has become fashionable in popular culture, Neurology Specialist Prof. Dr. Barış Metin, “Brain fog is not a scientific or medical disease. We can call a problem that people perceive about their own mental functions, a name they give in a folk language. It does not indicate a disease in the medical literature, but as people perceive it and think there is a problem, it may actually be a symptom of another disease. It is necessary to think this way, ”he said.
Various ailments can arise from gold
The text said, 'We can define the brain fog as a subjectively feeling a decrease in one's own mental functions' and continued his words as follows: “When people apply with this complaint, we try to perceive that there is another disease underlying it, we are doing research. There are indeed various ailments from gold. But for each person to perceive the decrease in his mental ability subjectively, it does not mean a disease. Sometimes people have very high performance expectations from them. In such a situation, not being able to meet the high performance expectation can be perceived as an inconvenience. "
These complaints define brain fog!
"People often come with complaints that they cannot concentrate as much as before, their minds do not work as well as before, their memories lose their strength, they feel like they cannot wake up from sleep, and they feel unable to think healthy," said Prof. Dr. “These types of complaints define brain fog,” the text says. "When we hear such complaints and our patients say they have brain fog, we start to think about what might be due to them."
May be an early sign of dementia
Stating that when a brain disease specialist or psychiatrist speaks to a person who comes with a brain fog complaint, he can understand the reason. Dr. Barış Metin said, “We say that brain fog is not a disease, but it is necessary to find the underlying discomfort in the treatment of this complaint. The most common symptoms of this disorder are depression, anxiety disorders and sleep disorders. An early symptom of dementia may also be brain fog. People with dementia can apply themselves by stating that they cannot think as well as before before dementia turns into a disease. In summary, in the treatment of brain fog, the underlying disease is detected and a treatment is applied for it ”.
Sleep disorder causes brain fog
Stating that sleep disorders frequently cause brain fog, Metin said, “Especially our patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome present with complaints such as not being able to concentrate all day long and not paying attention to a subject for a long time. We can say that sleep apnea is the most likely cause of brain fog, especially in individuals over 40 with obesity problems, if there is snoring and breathing at night. Frequent dreaming also indicates poor sleep quality. We dream every night but we don't remember. The dreams we remember also mean that our sleep is interrupted, we are recording the dream we had because we woke up at that time. People who have frequent dreams often have poor sleep quality. This could be caused by sleep apnea, depression, or another condition. "These are all disorders related to brain fog," he said.
Supplements should be given if there is a lack of vitamins
Neurology Specialist Prof. Dr. Barış Metin said, 'The thing to do to prevent brain fog is to maintain a sleep pattern' and completed his words as follows: “If there is a sleep disorder, it must be treated. If there is a vitamin deficiency in terms of nutrition, treatment should be taken. Especially B1, B6, B12 vitamins are important for the healthy functioning of the brain. Regular exercise should be done, not a performance that tires the body. Walking for 20-30 minutes every day will be a good exercise. Stress is a part of our lives, but if there is excessive stress, intense anxiety, and a feeling of not enjoying anything, it is necessary to get support from an expert because such disorders affect the mental capacity. "