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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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What symptoms are related to Executive Function?

What symptoms are related to Executive Function?

Exec Function Sx: Problems with Executive Functioning are seen in symptoms like: poor self control, impulsivity, inappropriate behavior, difficulty controlling emotions, challenges with organization and consistency of behavior. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: executive function?

What is the definition or description of: executive function?

Executive function: Executive functions is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage other cognitive processes, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, and initiation and monitoring of actions. ...Read more

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My son is 8 and he has ADHD he takes untuniv 1mg what kind or meaning of executive function?

My son is 8 and he has ADHD he takes untuniv 1mg what kind or meaning of executive function?

Sounds like you : reviewed the results of the MultiDisciplinary Team evaluation that conferred eligibility for Speech/Language & Occupational Therapy & sought neuropsychological evaluation. Executive Function enables one to plan, self- monitor one's performance to adjust unsuccessful plans, & account for & plan for short- & long- term consequences of one's actions. See CHADD.org on adding a BIP to his IEP. ...Read more

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How early can you be tested for alzheimer's? As soon as executive function starts to fail?

How early can you be tested for alzheimer's? As soon as executive function starts to fail?

The early the better: If the loved ones present any of 10 early signs of ad (www.Alz.Org/10signs), then go to any of physician's office, preferably geriatric specilaist, as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment can reduce the persons executive function?

Cognitive impairment can reduce the persons executive function?

Other way around: Executive function is one facet of cognitive function (or impairment if lost). Apraxia (inability to do simple mechanical tasks like buttoning shirt), aphasia (inability to speak intelligibly), agnosia (inability to name recognizable objects) & memory loss are other components of cognitive function/impairment. This can be evaluated during any visit w/simple questions. ...Read more

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Could a head injury from a car crash cause loss of executive function?

Could a head injury from a car crash cause loss of executive function?

Head injury: Yes. A head injury in a car crash is likely to be at least a concussion (in which the violent impact forces the soft brain tissue to decelerate abruptly against the skull). Concusions cause regional brain disturbances, particularly in cognitive functions associated with the brain cortex, including executive function. The type of symptoms depend on the location of brain contusion. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if I could get guidance as to possible condition(s). Other symptoms include severe executive function issues and lack of focus ability.

I'm wondering if I could get guidance as to possible condition(s). Other symptoms include severe executive function issues and lack of focus ability.

Good question: You need guidance from a licensed psychologist. This is a common problem seen in persons in a quandary on embarking on the next step in a career in life especially at your age. I would consult with your primary care physician to recommend someone or if you are in college there should be some professional person to also help you. Most if not all colleges have such a person on the faculty. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for anxiety and does it affect my memory or performance ?

Is there a cure for anxiety and does it affect my memory or performance ?

Anxiety: Can adversely affect memory and various types of performance. Anxiety is a treatable condition. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and I'm losing memory. I have anxiety & I forget somethin &I get nervous to the point of puking. I can't recall words like I used to...

I'm 17 and I'm losing memory. I have anxiety & I forget somethin &I get nervous to the point of puking. I can't recall words like I used to...

Consult a: psychologist as soon as you can. Your symptoms sound a little out of the league of a social work counselor. Your problem is less likely memory which seems to be a symptom of your out of control anxiety. This can be helped by a skilled psychologist, All the best! ...Read more

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Something is wrong! I feel like im losing memory! having anxiety feel nervous!live my own and wonder if stress is causing this?? What should i do?

Something is wrong! I feel like im losing memory!  having anxiety feel nervous!live my own and wonder if stress is causing this?? What should i do?

Deep breaths: Anxiety can be a tough thing to have because it feeds upon itself. It's up to you to break the cycles. Why do you feel like you're losing memory? First try to clear your mind in a quiet room and focus on a single point in your mind, blocking all other thoughts. Breathe deeply and slowly. This is the basic pathway of meditation and it should help you decrease your stress. ...Read more

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Can anxiety effect short term memory?Im forgetting small things like leaving something i meant to take.I get anxious about itand it seems to get worse

Yes: Since you are in therapy - this seems really good to talk about there. It's only one of the many reasons anxiety is such a pain in the... Anyway, it does create a vicious cycle and learning skills to manage a busy life really helps - check-lists, etc. Habit of stopping and collecting yourself at the door. It can even be relaxing. Be prepared and you'll win the battle. Eventually the war. ...Read more

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What causes loss of memory in extreme anxiety?

What causes loss of memory in extreme anxiety?

If it's anxiety...: If you know the problem is solely anxiety (see a physician), then memory loss is probably due to difficulty with concentration and attention. If one can't attend or focus very well, then one will certainly not remember as much as before the anxiety difficulty... ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about the effects of anxiety medicines on memory?

Can you please tell me about the effects of anxiety medicines on memory?

Which one?: Really depends on the medication you're taking. Ssris generally do not affect the memory. Benzodiazepines on the other hand could cause some cognitive impairment and memory problems. ...Read more

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Can chronic or excess anxiety cause shortterm memory problems?

Can chronic or excess anxiety cause  shortterm memory problems?

Yes: Yes. Anything that distracts someone from focusing on the present moment can impair memory. Memories sometimes don't get generated when the mind is distracted by worry. ...Read more

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Can the prescription for anxiety cause any problem with my memory?

Can the prescription for anxiety cause any problem with my memory?

Possibly: The short acting benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medications are the most likely to cause memory difficulties. My personal view of this is that they act by means of what is called state dependent learning. If someone has an alcoholic blackout, they will not remember what they did the night before. However, if they are given enough alcohol to bring their blood level back up to where it was the night before they would be able to tell you what had occurred. I believe that this is a similar mechanism occurring in the short acting benzodiazepines. The blood levels peak and trough too many times throughout the day and what is recalled at one point during the day maybe forgotten as the blood level changes to another point in the day only to be recalled when the blood level goes back to the original level it was at when the memory was consolidated in the first place. ...Read more

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Can all medications for anxiety disorder affect your short term memory?

Can all medications for anxiety disorder affect your short term memory?

No: People respond to medication differently. One may affect your memory but in another person it may not. I will say that the most common family of medications which can cause memory problems are the benzodiazepines (i.E xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, valium, klonopin). You have to weigh the pros and cons of the medication and find the right one that works for you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for anxiety to suddenly cause a arge amount of memory loss?

Is it possible for anxiety to suddenly cause a arge amount of memory loss?

No: The only way that could happen would be with some sort of intoxication such as alcohol with a blackout or with the date rape drug. Otherwise you would have to have ingested too much of an ambien- like drug, high dose lsd or pcp or have an underlying dissociative disorder. Please see a neurologist and a psychiatrist if the problem persists. It could also represent a bout of transient global amnesia or a fugue state. Best wishes to you and i hope that everything turns out well for you. ...Read more

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It feels to me like there is a brick wall and I can't think because I can't get past this wall. It is also causing memory problems. Anxiety?

It feels to me like there is a brick wall and I can't think because I can't get past this wall. It is also causing memory problems. Anxiety?

Depression: and anxiety can cause these feelings along with low energy level, loss of motivation, sleep disturbances, poor concentration , and inability to make decisions. See your PCP first to rule out other physical problems such as thyroid disease, and if appropriate, he can refer you to a psychiatrist or a therapist. ...Read more

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Does labyrinthitis and/or anxiety make you forget things? Like, you just woke up and ate but feel it was hours ago. Does it affect your memory

Anxiety and Memory: Anxiety can definitely impact memory. Anxiety is typically our body's way of preparing a person to manage a threat. When this occurs our body activates its "fight or flight" response to save our life if we were in eminent danger. When activation occurs without an immediate threat, it is called anxiety. Fear thoughts r great when facing danger .. not so good when not and this can impact memory. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

Memory is the ability to recall information ...Read more