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How can we advise patients who have difficulty thinking clearly to approach their recovery?

Advice from a Consultant Neurologist

This information is sourced from Dr Michael Zandi, Consultant Neurologist

Q. How do we support patients complaining of ‘brain fog’ with their recovery?

A. I would advise general measures to support memory such as:

  • Diagnosing and treating depression and anxiety
  • Limiting computer/smartphone use at night
  • Simplifying daily activities and not multitasking
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Keeping notes and lists to support activities of daily living
  • Moderating drug and alcohol use

These are just general principles, but we just don’t know enough yet to provide robust guidance. I would also add that supporting patients to negotiate with their employers is helpful. We know that reduced hours or adapted activities can support recovery

See also: How should GPs approach a consultation with a patient complaining of brain fog after Covid-19 infection?