There is a sense that a part of my mind/brain has not yet “clicked into place”. These used to be among my strengths, and then took a vacation during the chronic fatigue. Here are some as they show up for me:
Verbal fluency. Planning and decision making. Attention. Working memory. Learning/writing. Inhibition of impulses. Intentionally relating to emotions.
Today, I realize that these are all part of what’s called executive functions in psychology, and they all may well be related to the same area(s) of the brain.
It’s a relief to see this, even if it’s perhaps not helpful in a direct or practical sense. My herbalist tells me that this is typically among the last to return in the recovery process from chronic fatigue.