5 Strategies for Coping With Lupus-Associated Brain Fog

Monday morning finds many of us feeling foggy, but 20 percent to 50 percent of people with lupus have a unique feeling of mental fogginess, including:

  • Depression
  • Memory problems
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Other neurologic symptoms

This set of symptoms, often called brain fog or lupus fog, is important to identify if you or a loved one has lupus. Knowing what to expect and having coping mechanisms in place can help with these issues.

What causes confusion? Patients with lupus can be confused because of cognitive defects, short- or long-term memory problems, psychosis, severe depression or anxiety, dementia, an infection or fever or sometimes even because of medications.

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