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drlizard 08-29-19 02:04 PM

Is brain fog the opposite of adhd?
 
I find myself often between the two extremes of thinking too much or finding it too tiring to think.

Drogheda98 08-29-19 04:56 PM

Re: Is brain fog the opposite of adhd?
 
I offer my take on overthinking, I could be wrong though.

overthinking is where anybody has an over controlling mother, father, spouse, or other significant person in their life

the word play is, over controlling
over thinking. "the thing about overthinking is it get's in the way of behavior", quoting the therapist I go to.

I find that meditation helps overthinking, sense we have adhd and can hyperfocus pretty east, or I can atleast, overthinking can create a feedback loop of overthinking and rumination isn't fun, which is, now that I think about it, what rumination is, just overthinking on steroids so to speak.

meditation, it's centered on the body, thinking about one part of the body, foot, hand, or just simply breathing, and then when a thought pops into my to say to oneself "it's just a thought" and think about foot, hand or breathing again. I believe mindfulness does the same. I know when I meditate for 20 minutes or so my mind is clear and I can focus on the behaviors I want to focus on, something you could try as well

mrzyphl 08-29-19 10:41 PM

Re: Is brain fog the opposite of adhd?
 
I think brain fog is everything ADHD. Like when someone is talking to you and
you're hearing something completely different than what they're trying to
communicate. Or like when you're thinking about mowing the lawn then have
one thought after another and end up completely forget about the lawn.
Or when you're sitting quietly and someone asks what you're thinking about
and you realize you're mind is completely blank. Or when you make a
comment in a group conversation and someone gives you a queer look and
says "we finished talking about that 5 minutes ago?"

Kunga Dorji 08-30-19 05:14 AM

Re: Is brain fog the opposite of adhd?
 
Everybody's experience in this area is subjective- so it is very hard to be sure that your brain fog is the same as mine.
This is especially so as brain fog is a term widely used in other conditions- CFS, Fibromyalgia, depression etc

To my way of thinking brain fog is more like a vagueness or dullness.
Overthinking is not the same as brain fog, and it also needs to be discriminated from wandering attention/ intrusive thoughts.

mrzyphl 08-31-19 07:24 AM

Re: Is brain fog the opposite of adhd?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kunga Dorji (Post 2020251)
Everybody's experience in this area is subjective- so it is very hard to be sure that your brain fog is the same as mine.
This is especially so as brain fog is a term widely used in other conditions- CFS, Fibromyalgia, depression etc

To my way of thinking brain fog is more like a vagueness or dullness.
Overthinking is not the same as brain fog, and it also needs to be discriminated from wandering attention/ intrusive thoughts.

You're right. Brain fog has a narrower definition in clinical terms. I'm not
intellectual enough to separately classify every condition/behavior. To me
the fog is a barrier to to focusing and thinking clearly. I may not be correct
but it makes it easier for me to think of it in simpler terms. Also I agree about overthinking.
It's more anxiety related than adhd.


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