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Brain Fog Anxiety Symptoms

Brain fog anxiety symptoms description:

Brain fog is often described as:

  • Your head, mind, and brain feel foggy or like in a fog.
  • You have difficulty thinking, concentrating, and/or forming thoughts.
  • Your thinking feels like it is muddled and impaired.
  • Some people describe this symptom as being “foggy-headed.”
  • It seems as if your thoughts are illusive, and things that you once knew seem hard to comprehend or recall.
  • It feels like your short-term memory isn’t as good as it used to be.
  • It feels like normal intellectual tasks seem much more difficult.
  • You find it hard to focus and concentrate.
  • You are more forgetful (forget things that you normally wouldn’t).
  • You have difficulty focusing on and carrying on conversations.
  • Your thoughts seem like in a cloud.
  • Your thinking isn’t as clear as it normally is.
  • Your head feels foggy, clouded, muddled, and 'off.'

What causes brain fog?

Because there are many medical conditions that can cause brain fog, it’s best to discuss this symptom with your doctor. If your doctor attributes your brain fog to anxiety, you can feel assured that there isn’t a medical cause.

Anxiety activates the stress response. The stress response is designed to bring about certain physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body’s ability to deal with danger – to either fight or flee.

These changes can affect how the brain functions. And if the stress response is activated too frequently or dramatically, the body can remain in a state of semi stress response readiness, which we call stress-response hyperstimulation. In other words, the body becomes overly stressed.

When the body becomes overly stressed, it can cause a wide range of sensations and symptoms. Experiencing a ‘foggy brain’ is a common consequence of persistently elevated stress, which being overly anxious can cause.

How to get rid of brain fog?

Ending an active stress response and/or reducing the body’s stress generally eliminates all sensations and symptoms of anxiety and stress, including brain fog. Because brain fog is a common symptom of anxiety and stress, it needn’t be a cause for concern.

Yes, brain fog can be uncomfortable and problematic as it pertains to thinking. But, it isn’t harmful. Again, brain fog is a common indication of an overly stressed body. Eliminating your body’s overly stressed state will eliminate this type of brain fog.

For a more detailed explanation about anxiety symptoms including brain fog, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.


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Return to anxietycentre.com's anxiety symptoms page or our anxiety symptoms mind page.

Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated March 2015.

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