Join the Conversation on
19 people
0 stories
8 posts
Explore Our Newsletters
What's New in

The Fog That Lingers: A Journey Through the Haze of and Substance Use

In the world of mental health and substance use, there exists a phenomenon often whispered about but rarely addressed head-on: brain fog. It's a term that doesn't quite capture the full extent of its impact, yet for those who have waded through its murky waters, it's a reality that's both profound and debilitating.

Imagine waking up each day to a world that's out of focus. Your thoughts, once sharp and coherent, now feel like they're being filtered through a dense mist. This is the world of someone who has battled long-term mental health challenges and substance use. It's a world where the simple act of existing becomes a daily struggle.

Sarah, a 35-year-old woman, knows this world all too well. For years, she grappled with anxiety and depression, finding temporary solace in substances that promised quick relief but delivered long-term consequences. Over time, the clarity of her thoughts diminished. She describes her experience as "living in a dream where everything feels slightly unreal and disconnected."

This brain fog, as Sarah and many others experience, isn't just about forgetfulness or a lack of concentration. It's a comprehensive cognitive disturbance that affects memory, understanding, and even the sense of self. It's like trying to navigate through life with a GPS that's constantly recalibrating, never quite sure #of the destination.

But what causes this fog? Research suggests that prolonged substance use and mental health struggles can lead to changes in the brain, particularly in areas responsible for memory, attention, and decision-making. The brain, in its attempt to cope with the constant stress and chemical alterations, adapts in ways that aren't always beneficial in the long term.

For Sarah, the journey out of th#e fog wasn't quick or easy. It involved therapy, medication, and a steadfast commitment to understanding and addressing her mental health and substance use issues. Gradually, the haze began to lift, revealing a world that was brighter and more tangible.

Recovery, however, isn't a linear process. There are days when the fog rolls back in, obscuring the progress made. But with each day, Sarah learns to navigate these challenges a little better, to recognize the signs of the fog's return and to use the tools she's acquired to disperse it.

The story of brain fog in the context of mental health and substance use is a reminder of the complex interplay between our psychological well-being and our cognitive functions. It highlights the need for holistic approaches in treatment, ones that acknowledge not just the physical symptoms but also the cognitive and emotional landscapes that are so intricately intertwined.

For those walking through this fog, remember: you're not alone, and the haze does lift. With support, understanding, and a commitment to healing, the world can become clear once again.

#Depression #MentalHealth #DepressiveDisorders #BipolarDepression #PersistentDepressiveDisorder #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #SubstanceUseDisorders #Addiction

1 reaction
See full photo

Another one #of Bushkin’s sister Think we will try to get the strength to cook some Salmon or Bar S hot dogs I am not getting any of my medication

I would think that there might be a psych diagnosis for Covid disease fear and my PCP admitted that he has a fear of Covid virus as well and was very supportive.As my friend Tom would say “Another day closer to Spring 🌷🌺🌹🌼🌻

See full photo

Old photo #of my uncle not very easy to see it but he had it with his log for his flight License number cannot see the number but he taught women #

How to fly during WW 2 John has gotten very very close to his sister and she is very very good at manipulating him ,so I do not have time for both of them now because
they seem to have lost their sense of decency 💪🦅🙏🎄🐈‍⬛🇺🇸
When I think of him and of his sister, I think our friendship is gone and I do not need friends like that and time machine over to Stuart, he saw that side in John some years ago;-(

See full photo

In loving memory #of Opal, Lorene’s wonderful Borzoi ❤️❤️

I am very very happy that she is back with her BF and family and through her cancer surgery 💟🍀🙏🙏💟

See full photo

Old picture #of that winter storms

Am trying to get help with getting any food inside and please pray that the storms stay away

See full photo

Does anyone know #how to set up an Amazon account

I have never bought anything from them but the Commonwealth #of MA says that a person can set up an account to buy items ❓❓I have Apple and an Android tablet and phone:-(( if someone who is not a computer savvy person can help me get set an account, I was told that a person can buy items but I do not have a clue about how to do it 🙏🙏♥️♥️❓❓They sell I have heard many things and they will deliver to my address ♥️♥️👍👍I have a few friends who know how to do this 👍👍♥️♥️🙏🙏Maybe I should call my friends who know how and they could explain it to me unless you all know an easy way to explain it to me online ❓I do not know anything more but they sell tick repellent that I am not allergic to ❓❓♥️♥️That is a Chill photo and it is in the 90’s here :-(( Thank you and I do not know if you have to go there to purchase items or how it works and if it is a safe way to shop❓❓❓Thank you and apologize for using the brand name❓


Gone from 10000 to 0

gone from 10000% to 0% tonight for my Borderline personality disorder! People don't realise how much of a struggle being on frontline is, I just to sit and cry 😢 and give it all up! I can barely sleep or cope anymore!!
#Thoughts #of #sucicide
Can't face a another 52 hours at work from tomrrow night when I feel run dowdown myself and having cconstant horrible thoughts. 😭😭😭 the struggle is real and I can't cope...
Front line workers have gone up for taking there own life and I really don't want to be the next onone.


I feel it would be better I wasn't alive

My family seems to wish I was not in there lives I would make life https://easier.I m tired like feeling like a burden to everyone becau #of my depression


#how can something so traumatizing that happened to you at a young age still be affecting your life so bad,maybe worse then ever?

#I was molested #At the ages from 12-15 and #of course when they are the #step parent, and theres a younger child and the mother of the children #Going to work #On shifts,that's when he become the demon,and when mom was home he would take chances and grab me and threaten to kill her and my sister who was like 5 yrs younger then me.So my sole job was to keep them safe.And my live has never been the same yes I have been married 3 times but never slept in the same bed over the whole night in my life.sad isnt## But if someone touches me or trys to wake me during night terrors ##look out## #help ##

1 comment