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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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I have struggled with depression for the last 15 years. I have also developed a dependency on drugs /alcohol. What pills help compulsive disorders?

I have struggled with depression for the last 15 years. I have also developed a dependency on drugs /alcohol. What pills help compulsive disorders?

SSRI Antidepressants: Ssri & snri antidepressants can help with compulsive anxiety. But stopping alcohol or drugs is deeper than taking a pill. You will need a specific recovery program such as aa and/or na, as well as help from an addiction medicine doctor (some are psychiatrists). Also, a well put-together inpatient rehab program can give you a running start; a dual diagnosis one treats your depression as well. ...Read more

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Family history heart disease,had heart echo I have diastolic dysfunction no drugs no alcohol or smoking what can I do to help it. tyvm?

Family history heart disease,had heart echo I have  diastolic dysfunction no drugs no alcohol or smoking what can I do to help it. tyvm?

There are medication: that can be taken to improve your diastolic dysfunction but little else in terms of alternative remedies. Cardiac rehab, weight loss and exercise may be of some help but minimal. Discuss this with your health care provider who has all the data on your heart function and life style. ...Read more

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I am having eye movement disorders from few days and i just cant stop it on my own.i dont drink alcohol nor do take drugs what's wrong with me ?

I am having eye movement disorders from few days and i just cant stop it on my own.i dont drink alcohol nor do take drugs
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Eye: it may be due to anxiety and you may not recognize this. try to relax and it should gradually improve. If it doesn't then let a physician have a look at you ...Read more

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Are there any neurological disorders that cause really bad headaches bad neck/ back pain. Had this since august, and nothing works, no drugs will help?

Are there any neurological disorders that cause really bad headaches bad neck/ back pain. Had this since august, and nothing works, no drugs will help?

Chronic daily H.A.'s: Maybe you too have migraine, and your "drugs" have precipitated a more frequent pattern. There are items which can both stop and prevent headaches, both prescription and otc. Suggest you seek an experienced neurologist, and get this controlled. Avoid pain meds of all types, as will just exacerbate your problems. ...Read more

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How does alcohol & drugs effect you & what you to do to change it?

How does alcohol & drugs effect you & what you to do to change it?

Not a simple answer: This is a pretty loaded question. Alcohol will affect individuals differently. Several factors need to be considered; age, gender, body weight, disease states, ethnicity, type of alcohol, amount of consumption, frequency of consumption, and of course, other medications. To change the way alcohol affects, you might consider changing habits of consumption. ...Read more

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At what usual age do you think drug and alcohol education should be introduced?

At what usual age do you think drug and alcohol education should be introduced?

Grade school ages: This is a parental education responsibility, as part of teaching your ethics / morals / values--you need to demonstrate as well as preach moderation with alcohol and avoidance of drugs of abuse. Peer pressure assault can come at any time, so child with solid footing on why not to experiment / use is the safest. ...Read more