Pre-cfs i was an ambitious, if underachieving artist. The functional mental energy i needed for creating before was prodigious and i simply dont have it anymore. My abstract thought seems to be intact, but this is not much good for painting. Accepting my new physical limitations has been hard, but i am gradually coming to terms with that. I cannot accept that i will never use my brain to the capacity i did before! Even the thought of being ambitious and exerting myself like before leaves me feeling faint. Has anyone returned to their pre me/cfs capacity brain wise? Have you been able to use the same mental energy in your profession or pursuits like you did before? Do any of the long termers find this gets better over time? Is there a management strategy of trading off physical v mental energy? Any nootropics appreciably help?