Withdrawal-induced brain fog/cognitive fog: quick tips

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  • Reassure yourself that these experiences are typical of psychiatric drug withdrawal, and that the more you practice accepting them—however frightening and uncomfortable they may be to feel— the easier you’ll find you can coexist with these symptoms until they subside.
  • It is reported that making lists, using post-it notes around the home, and keeping a notebook to record important information is helpful.
  • Many people set an alarm as a reminder to take medication or for other important tasks.
  • Grounding exercises are reported to be useful. Sitting outside in nature is suggested to be particularly helpful in feeling connected.
  • Some people use periods of increased clarity for tasks requiring focus, like paying bills or other paperwork. You might want to pay attention to whether there are certain times of day in which you’re more alert, so that you’re better able to utilize those windows.
  • A written reminder near the door used to leave the home is reported to be helpful – list everything you may routinely need such as ID, money, and keys.
  • Commonly used items such as keys or a wallet may be put in a basket or other container, and kept it in the same place.
  • Depending on the intensity of the fog, some people find they have to cancel or postpone certain activities. Being gentle with yourself if you’re one of them is important. Listen to your body for guidance.
  • Perhaps most importantly, stay patient with the process and be gentle with yourself. Your brain is working hard to heal and these withdrawal-induced problems will resolve in time!


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