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Looking for a little bit of reassurance

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Craig85r

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Good evening,

It's difficult to know where to start with this but I will try my best.

Recently I have been noticing a return of some old unwanted feelings. Specifically when interacting with others. When spending time with other people, I experience this strange sensation in my head that I assume is what others have refer to as "brain fog". This sensation is almost like a cloudy numb feeling that leaves me feeling totally detached from whoever I'm speaking to. I become lethargic, agitated and struggle to engage with them. This could be my friends, family, and partner. What I find strange is that when I meet people for the first time, I am totally fine and can engage with no problem whatsoever. I am currently awaiting a referral to a Mental Health Professional. Is this something that anyone else has struggled with? I dread being alone with people I know as I don't feel like I can interact with them. I am constantly looking for re-assurance from my partner that everything is ok in the relationship even though I know everything is fine.

In addition to this, I get regular migraines and struggle to get a good quality of sleep. Initially I used to put my above symptoms down to the lack of sleep causing fatigue. But as time goes on I am realising there are other problems that I need to address. Unfortunately I don't know what's causing it so I am finding it difficult.
 
LizBo

LizBo

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Good evening,

It's difficult to know where to start with this but I will try my best.

Recently I have been noticing a return of some old unwanted feelings. Specifically when interacting with others. When spending time with other people, I experience this strange sensation in my head that I assume is what others have refer to as "brain fog". This sensation is almost like a cloudy numb feeling that leaves me feeling totally detached from whoever I'm speaking to. I become lethargic, agitated and struggle to engage with them. This could be my friends, family, and partner. What I find strange is that when I meet people for the first time, I am totally fine and can engage with no problem whatsoever. I am currently awaiting a referral to a Mental Health Professional. Is this something that anyone else has struggled with? I dread being alone with people I know as I don't feel like I can interact with them. I am constantly looking for re-assurance from my partner that everything is ok in the relationship even though I know everything is fine.

In addition to this, I get regular migraines and struggle to get a good quality of sleep. Initially I used to put my above symptoms down to the lack of sleep causing fatigue. But as time goes on I am realising there are other problems that I need to address. Unfortunately I don't know what's causing it so I am finding it difficult.
Hi and welcome @Craig85r

Our bodies are a direct link to the subconscious when it comes to psychological disturbances, so when brain fog hits, it's usually to alert us to an issue of concern. The fact you're aware it's happening is great as most people would shrug it off or take a pill.

I'm glad you've asked for support too. Having someone separate from family and friends helps you open up to delve into subjects that others might find confronting.

Self assessing after an episode; (brain fog or migraine etc) going over the topic and what's been said, can help identify a 'lead'. Using a daily journal will assist in finding a 'pattern'. Pinpointing the exact moment the symptom arrives is also important to correlate information.

Logging these events over time may provide clues like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. If you focus on your responses with a non judgemental attitude, information gathering will be easier. Think of it as a fact-finding exercise from an 'observer' perspective ok.

It takes time; being patient will serve you well my friend. Each step, no matter how small, can bring you closer to your 'truth' which hopefully will help you understand and know yourself better than you ever have.

And with sleep? There's no harm in asking your GP for medication as sleep is our greatest ally in recovery. If our brain's well rested, the journey is far easier than with sleep deprivation.

I hope this helps. You're mighty brave to look at yourself, as many opt to blame others and take on a victim role. Best of luck with your 'mission' Criag.

Kind thoughts;
Liz
 
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