A 41-year-old member asked:
Is a signifigant decrease in iq over a short period of time a sign or symptom of something?
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Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
IQ: While iq tests in children and adults are not routinely administered, if there is a significant discrepancy between administrations (that is not due to using a different test), it should be investigated vigorously. It could mean many things.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Is a significant decrease in IQ over a short period of time a sign or symptom of something?
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Psychiatry 39 years experience
Usually: If there has a truly been a (n objectively documented) decrease in iq--that is, cognitive ability--whether quickly or slowly, yes, it is an indication that something has adversely affected the brain. If it has happened quickly, it is something different than if slowly. And the causes of quick deterioration are more often reversible (such as intoxication). Immediate pro evaluation is crucial.
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Last updated May 20, 2013
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