Long COVID: Understanding Fatigue and ADHD-Like Symptoms

At Idaho Brain and Body Institute, we often get questions about Long COVID, especially how it can lead to ongoing tiredness and ADHD-like symptoms. If you or someone you know is facing these challenges, this article will help explain what’s going on.

What is Long COVID?

Long COVID happens when people experience symptoms for weeks or months after recovering from the COVID-19 virus. These symptoms can be different for everyone, but two common ones are feeling really tired all the time (fatigue) and having trouble concentrating or being more forgetful, which are similar to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Why Does Long COVID Cause Fatigue?

  1. Your Body Is Still Fighting: Even after the virus is gone, your body might still be working hard to repair and recover, which can make you feel tired.
  2. Effects on the Immune System: Long COVID can change how your immune system works, leading to ongoing tiredness.
  3. Impact on Sleep: Sometimes, Long COVID affects sleep patterns, making it hard to get good rest and adding to the feeling of fatigue.

And ADHD-Like Symptoms?

  1. Brain Changes: COVID-19 can affect the brain, causing problems with attention and memory, similar to ADHD.
  2. Stress and Anxiety: Dealing with Long COVID can be stressful, and stress can make it harder to focus and stay organized.
  3. Disrupted Routines: Being sick and recovering can disrupt daily routines, which might make it feel harder to concentrate and keep track of things.


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Who Gets These Symptoms?

Long COVID can affect anyone who has had COVID-19, but it’s not the same for everyone. Some people might feel a little tired, while others might have more severe symptoms.

Can These Symptoms Be Treated?

Yes, at Idaho Brain and Body Institute, we focus on helping our patients manage and improve these symptoms:

  1. Rest and Recovery: Making sure you rest enough is a big part of the treatment.
  2. Healthy Habits: Eating well, staying hydrated, and gentle exercises can help.
  3. Mind and Body Techniques: Practices like meditation or yoga can reduce stress and improve focus.
  4. Medical Support: For some, medication or other medical treatments might be necessary.

Our Approach to Long COVID

We believe in a holistic approach to treating Long COVID at Idaho Brain and Body Institute. We look at your whole health picture and come up with a plan that works best for you. This might include lifestyle changes, therapy, and medical treatments.

Need More Information?

If you’re dealing with fatigue or ADHD-like symptoms from Long COVID and need help, please contact us. We’re here to answer your questions and support you on your journey to feeling better.

Remember, recovering from Long COVID can be a slow process, but with the right support and treatment, you can manage these symptoms and improve your quality of life. Let’s work together to find the best way forward.

For more information on Long COVID and its impact on cognitive functions, visit our Long COVID resource page.

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