Brain fog is not a formal medical diagnosis but an umbrella term for cognitive (thinking and memory) difficulties. Brain fog can arise from specific environmental factors, like stress or sleep deprivation, or be a symptom of an underlying health condition.
Stress is defined as the body’s response to a perceived threat or challenge.1 Everyone experiences stress and knows it can be difficult to manage. Stress can negatively impact your health. Chronic stress is especially harmful to your quality of life and overall well-being.
Depression affects people differently. Some people suggest that depression has stages similar to the stages of grief, but no research supports this. Studies suggest the stages of depression are a continuum of increasing symptom severity.
Anemia and depression are two health conditions that may have some associations. Research suggests that people with anemia may develop symptoms of depression, such as low mood, low self-esteem, and loss of interest in daily activities.
Hormones play an important role in regulating bodily functions and can affect a person’s mood. A hormonal imbalance may cause symptoms of depression.