Do you ever feel like you’re in a mental fog, or you can’t think straight? As though you have to labor to access even the simplest thoughts? I feel this way often, and it used to make me panic, like I was losing my mental faculties. Then I realized that “mental fog” (not a clinical term) or confusion can actually result from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Triggers, stress, and anxiety can heighten feelings of mental fog–leaving those of us with PTSD feeling even more vulnerable and confused during the very moments when we most need to feel safe and in control.