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Old 01-10-2019, 01:09 PM   #1
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DISCLAIMER: This is just a long rant. Most of it may seem like a mess, but thatís what it feels, so I guess thatís a bonus. I donít know what forum this type of thing would go under because I literally have no idea what this is. I just want to know if anyone relates or if anyone knows anything about this just so I have some sort of link to work with, something to look into. Keep in mind that Iím 17, so yeah. Thatís that too.

Iím unable to think basically, at least on the spot anyhow or in any social situation. My head feels heavy, full of this thick fog, but it feels like itís getting worse over time (that could be because the issue is on my mind more though). Itís like thereís a big wall there that I canít get over, to which whenever the simplest of questions is asked, or even just during any sentence, if Iím trying to remember a word, anything like that, all possible answers jump over this wall, so I have to climb the wall to get over and get to the answer. I then take too long as hiking this wall will take 10 minutes to a few hours at least, so I just look stupid. This is all the time. Heck, Iím struggling to word this thing right now. I feel so dumb. My vocabulary is down the drain because I barely remember majority of it, which is ironic considering I was top of my class for English in Primary School. I find myself repeating phrases as responses to things all the time, including the most common one, ďI donít rememberĒ. Iím told constantly to widen my vocabulary, to stop repeating stuff, to answer questions faster, to not sound like the most stupid person ever, but I canít, I canít do it. Iím trying my best, you may not believe me, but the wall is growing taller, the fog is thicker now, my head hurts, I literally canít. Iím not lazy, Iím not as dumb as my mouth portrays, I do know what Iím talking abut, but I also donít. I canít predict whatís going to come out, I donít know what Iím going to say. In my head I know what Iím going to say, but it comes out so muddled and messed up, I pronounce even the simplest of words wrong because Iím thinking too much over just this one sentence, Iím scared to say the wrong thing, I feel as if Iím going to sound stupid, but by cutting myself off or thinking over what Iím saying as Iím saying I already do, but I canít help it, itís not me, I canít stop it. Itís ironic how overthinking everything I say is an issue as well as never being able to think at all. Very ironic. I either just canít think at all or I think too much, thereís no in between, and either way I make a fool of myself. Because of the fog my memory is also the absolute worst. But Iím also struggling to keep promises, to remain motivated to do literally anything, to care about anything going on or anyone besides like 1 person, as I said Iím struggling to just think at all, Iím struggling to focus obviously because how can you with the fog in the way all the time, Iím just struggling, simple as that. I can barely communicate. I canít get a job because of this. I just seem stupid all the time. I feel so stupid. My grades in school last year dipped because when it came to the tests, the fog, the memory, the overthinking, etc. I failed math. Iím lucky I got the credits for math still or this year and next year would be doomed. Where did the fog even come from? Why so sudden? Why when everything was going my way, for once? I just got over the worst phase of depression Iíve had my whole life, I got into my first relationship, all I needed to battle was my anxiety then I was sorted. SORTED. But nooo, now Iím an idiot. My head issues is also annoying my partner bit by bit. I donít know what to do. I feel like Iíll lose him if I donít do anything, but I donít know what I can do. I donít even know where this came from. Google hasnít helped. Iíve been searching for an answer since March last year. This started around October 2017. Iím in Grade 12 this year. If I fail any subjects this year Iím done. Iíd not only have to repeat, but my future is pretty much stuffed. Iíd probably lose my partner too as heíd actually want to proceed in his life with someone whoís successful, not with the head as empty as a black hole or the deep ocean. I just want to know where this is from or what itís linked to so I can get help for it. I canít if I have no idea what any links could be. I know anxiety and depression can cause some sort of memory loss or struggles to think, but Iím positive it canít be to this degree, not to the point where itís like my IQ is past 0, not like Iím a robot or a zombie quite literally.

Iím not posting this long rant to be diagnosed or anything, but just for some sort of idea of a link or just anyone who relates who may have something which I can then look towards. I want to talk to someone professionally this year anyway, but I need some sort of link. I just want something to look into. I know itís not a diet thing or to do with hydration or sleep because surely something else wouldíve happened too after a year of the same symptoms, and Iíve tried improving those. I havenít found anything that helps me think either. Iím lucky if I get to say a few sentences every few days that didnít hide behind too much fog and allowed me to catch them, and usually itís at random times, thereís no pattern. The fog is just constant the rest of the time, itís very thick, itís been like this for over a year, itís messing everything up. Iím sick of it. I want to communicate without looking dumb, I want to get my grades up again, I want to just be able to think again. I want my life back.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:10 PM   #2
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I don't know what this may be, _blubbermouth_, but I wanted to let you know that I'm so sorry you're hurting so much. Please don't be so hard on yourself. It's not your fault and it's clear you're dealing with a lot right now. Please don't give up. If it can help a bit... I'm here for you. I'll listen to what you have to say. I care about you. Feel free to PM me anytime. Things can get better. I'd suggest to talk to a doctor about this and see how it goes from there. Sending many hugs to you
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:40 PM   #3
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I am 53 and have gone through the change. I had something similar to this during that time but not as severe. I could not think. In FACT...it is why I joined this forums. I thought I had stress or depression or ......something...I don't know. But if it is like my "fog", magnified, I feel sorry for you.... It wasn't any fun. I wonder if you may have some strange allergy. Get to a doc, right away, at any rate.
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Hi blabbermouth.
Your first port of call would be to eliminate the possibility of anything sinister. Autoimmune diseases are very often hallmarked by brain fog and lessening of cognitive abilities. This may take a while to get to the bottom of, but finding a doctor who will listen and is invested should help greatly towards getting some answers...and hopefully a treatment that will improve your quality of life.

Our Hormones rule everything...From our toenails to our brain...Getting a full hormone panel done would be beneficial at the onset...as a deficit can be managed well with replacement therapy. Rule that out, then move forward from there.
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Hi there

Lots of good suggestions in the thread so far. I think this definitely could be hormonal or even dietary. Here are so steps to take:

1.) Make an appointment with a doctor. Print out your post and read it to them if you have to. Also consider seeing a nutritionist if you're able to. There is also lots of nutrition info on line.

2.) While you're waiting to see the doctor, document everything you're eating and drinking every day.

3.) Also while you're waiting. Be sure you're doing the basics, such as drinking the recommended amount of water and taking the right amount of food for your body type.

Best of luck to you! - lele
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Welcome to Psych Central, blubbermouth. Thank you for sharing your concern here on PC.

I don't know as there is a lot I can offer here beyond simply reinforcing what other members have already written. From my perspective, I think the first step is really to have yourself thoroughly checked out medically before you assume this must be a mental health issue. I'm neither a mental health nor a medical professional. So all I can offer you is my personal opinion.

So personally... I would like to suggest that, while you may want to start out with your regular general practice doctor, I at least would not leave it at that. Doctors can be wrong just like anyone else. And no doctor can be expert at everything. I see you list yourself as living in Australia. I don't know what kinds of medical centers are available to you there. Here where I live we have the Mayo Clinic which is a place people sometimes go when they need really special care. (People fly in to the Mayo Clinic from all over the world.) I presume that level of care must also be available in Australia. It may be that what is going on with you is going to take some digging to figure out. And it's possible finding the answers is going to require some specialized expertise.

Once you've had yourself thoroughly checked out medically, if no reason for what you're experiencing can be found, then perhaps you have to consider that what you're experiencing is mental health related. Yes, depression & anxiety can certainly produce the kinds of experiences you're having. However, from what you wrote, it sounds as though the level of difficulty you're experiencing came sort-of "out of nowhere", so to speak. And it has, apparently, had a profound effect on your mental capacity.

I know that, in posting here on PC, you were hoping for a link to something you could investigate that might help you to understand what's going on. But what I would like to suggest to you is that figuring out what's going on with you is a job for skilled medical & / or mental health professionals. Yes, one does occasionally hear of people who were finally able to diagnose themselves via the internet when the professionals had been unable to do so. But I myself, at least, have to believe these kinds of occurrences are the exception rather than the rule. And even in these kinds of cases, the person who ultimately diagnosed themselves (if in fact they did) probably had seen & had the benefit of having had a lot of medical & / or mental health services as well. So, at least from my perspective, that is the place to start & as soon as possible.

Anyway... these are my thoughts with regard to your post. I hope you find PC to be of benefit.
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Welcome to PC Blubbermouth.

What you are dealing with seems horrid and is not normal - whatever normal is. There are a multitude of things that could be causing this. Please go and see a GP to start the ball rolling. Get some blood tests done. Maybe if you could take some time before you go to write things down. It is easy to forget so many things when you go to a doctor so least this way it's one less stress.

Don't put off seeing a GP. If you dont have a regular doctor then find one who you feel comfortable with. Meaning if you go to a bulk billing clinic dont settle for the first one try again with another one.
Please let us know how you get on.
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