Is there a clinical term for “brain fog” ???
I’m peeking back in, after a week or so of having my head filled with cotton candy. At least, that’s what it felt like.
I know that brain fog is not uncommon in those of us with bipolar and unipolar depression. I’ve had episodes of it for as long as I can remember.
And I hate it.
Now, I certainly have my knuckle-headed moments, but I’m really not a complete derp. I was blessed with common sense. And critical thinking skills? I has them. I even have a fairly expansive vocabulary.
Until I don’t.
Today is the first day in a week that I haven’t struggled to find my words. When brain fog sets in, I stare blankly at the person I’m talking to, and shuffle through the clutter in my brain, to come up with words like, “letterhead” and “library” and “hardware store.”
When brain fog sets in, everything slows waaaaaay down.
and it feels like I’m stuck in mud.
Logically, I know that these neurocognitive symptoms are episodic, and that they will pass. It’s just very frustrating when it happens. And I don’t have any strategies for warding it off.
Hell, I don’t even know why it happens.
So here’s my question:
Does anyone know what causes this phenomenon?
Is there some neurotransmitter misfiring going on in my brain when I’m leaning towards the depressive pole?
Or does mania (even in small amounts) kill brain cells?
Am I actually making myself dumber?
And uh…do they make a pill for that?