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Doctor insights on: Alcohol And Drug Related Cognitive Neurological Disorder

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Are there any neurological conditions that alcohol can 'trigger' or make worse?

Are there any neurological conditions that alcohol can 'trigger' or make worse?

Heck yes: Acutely you can develop Wernicke's disease, which in extreme cases can be fatal. Chronic alcohol abuse can burn out just about every part of your nervous system: Alcoholic myopathy (muscle), alcoholic neuropathy (nerves), alcoholic myelopathy (spinal cord), alcoholic cerebellar degeneration, and Korsakov's amnestic dementia (brain). The last one can cause some really entertaining confabulation. ...Read more

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What cognitive functions are impaired with alcohol?

What cognitive functions are impaired with alcohol?

All of them...: ...To varying degrees. Sadly, insight and judgment are among the first to go, so that the first to disappear are inhibitions against consuming more alcohol, and other high-risk activities. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol if i may have a neurological issue?

Is it safe to drink alcohol if i may have a neurological issue?

Alcohol: Depends on the type of neurologic issue, severity & duration, & what treatment u r getting for it (medications). However, generally speaking, i would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption before caused that my cognitive abilities are worse and I cant really think abstract stuff, feels like my life is just a movie?

Alcohol consumption before caused that  my cognitive abilities are worse and I cant really think abstract stuff, feels like my life is just a movie?

Your use is NOT: moderate, at age 18. All psychoactive drugs, but alcohol and marijuana in particular, do more harm to the developing brain. In particular, people with pre-existing psychiatric problems may have those worsened by alcohol use. It sounds like you are developing some dissociation or derealization with alcohol. Please talk to your doctor and perhaps get a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What do neurological and cognitive occupational therapy assessments invite and what do they determine?

What do neurological and cognitive occupational therapy assessments invite and what do they determine?

Work ability: These assessments are meant to evaluate your abilities and possible deficits related to occupational related skills both physical and mental including memory, cognition,problem solving as well as any physical limitations that may affect job performance in a variety of occupations. Used to evaluate suitability for various jobs as well as areas that may need further training or therapy ...Read more

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How long do the cognitive and neurological symptoms of B12 deficiency take to heal after correction?

How long do the cognitive and neurological symptoms of B12 deficiency take to heal after correction?

Depends on: Your age, how long you've had low B12 and how low it got. I usually try to keep the level above 450 for the first year and above 350 thereafter. In older people we tend to see incomplete recovery. Balance if impaired with eyes closed should start to improve with 6-9 months of therapy. Cognitive slowing can improve sooner. Some people report improved thinking within a week. ...Read more

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Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?

Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?

Addiction+ diagnosis: Addiction to substances of all kinds are listed in a section of the diagnostic & statistical manual (dsm). However, addictions to alcohol and other drugs are actually a metabolic disorder wherein the brain does not process alcohol or other mood altering substances in a normal way. ...Read more

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