Waking Up In A Fog

If you drove, rode or walked along Toronto’s waterfront early this morning, your normally scenic view south across the great lake was impeded by mother nature. Recent temperature changes created a wall of fog that even the morning sun couldn’t penetrate.

 

It feels early. Foggy mornings seem like a condition more associated with Fall. It is also a normal condition for people suffering from mental illness or homelessness.

In a 2014 report from the University of Michigan Medical School and Depression Center, that fog or ‘fuzzy thinking’ can be the result of a medical condition. Specifically, depression or bipolar disorder. According to Kelly Ryan, Ph.D., a U-M neuropsychologist and the lead author of the study, “The condition actually shows up on brain scans.”

Brain fog can also be a symptom of an undiagnosed health concern. This is an even bigger issue for those affected by homelessness as they are less likely to receive necessary medical attention and treatment. It was reported earlier this decade that 17 per cent of homeless people in Toronto – one in six – reported unmet health care needs.

On 3,900+ occasions in 2016, Haven Toronto social workers and support staff helped Toronto’s elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men access medical, mental health and addiction support and services.

Image: Toronto Star

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