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Doctor insights on: Assistive Technology For Cognitive Impairments

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What are the cognitive impairments? Do those from long term benzodiazapine use persist even after stopping them?

What are the cognitive impairments? Do those from long term benzodiazapine use persist even after stopping them?

Memory loss: Impairement of cognition has many causes, from simple normal forgetfulness all the way up to depression, degenerative brain disease and Alzheimer's if significant and persistent see a neurologist. ...Read more

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I know mini strokes can lead to a massive stroke but do they cause cognitive or mental impairment?

I know mini strokes can lead to a massive stroke but do they cause cognitive or mental impairment?

Yes: Multiple small strokes can have cumulative effects. Control risk factors. Check out stroke. Org. ...Read more

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I have schizoaffective do. I am having cognitive issues is Neuropsychological impairment normal? How bad can it get? Should I be tested!?

I have schizoaffective do. I am having cognitive issues is Neuropsychological impairment normal? How bad can it get? Should I be tested!?

Not normal: You've had multiple psychiatric hospitalizations and poor concentration for which I'm guessing you take Concerta. Often neuropsych testing - briefer version- is done during a psych. hospitalization. If you've never had testing or it's been more than a few years, neuropsych testing might be clinically useful to your doctor or therapist. Please discuss advisability with them. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is cognitive impairment.

What is cognitive impairment.

Trouble thinking: This is a fancy term for having difficulty coming up with answers, or analysing data, whatever the source. The lay term "slow" has often been used in similar context. ...Read more

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What can cause cognitive impairment?

What can cause cognitive impairment?

Alzheimers: Age is the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment, and as the Baby
Boomer generation passes age 65, the number of people living with cognitive impairment is expected to jump dramatically. An estimated 5.1 million. Americans aged 65 years or older may currently have Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known formof cognitive impairment; this number may rise to13.2 mill in 2025. ...Read more

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Could medication cause cognitive impairment?

Yes: Many medications can cause cognitive impairment.Please see the two links below for lists and discussions.:
www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/408593_5

www. Drugs. Com/condition/mild-cognitive-impairment. Html
drugs (by generic name) associated with mild cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cognitive impairment?

Typically neurodegen: (amnestic) mild cognitive impairment (mcia) is a clinical term used to describe a phase of life that falls between pre symptomatic (have illness but no symptoms at all) and mild dementia due to alzheimer's disease. The person is forgetful and their memory recall tests between normal and frankly abnormal and they remain independent in their activities of daily living. It can progress o 1-9 years. ...Read more

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What will cause most cognitive impairment after 50?

What will cause most cognitive impairment after 50?

Many Factors: There are many risk factors, including age, stroke, family history of cognitive impairment, education level, brain injury, exposure to pesticides or toxins, alcohol dependence, smoking, physical inactivity, and chronic conditions such as parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Maintaining a healthy diet and a regular exercise program can decrease the risk of cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Can you work if diagnosed with cognitive impairment?

Possibly, but: Depends on your work tasks, as multi-tasking or complex decision making might be too demanding. If you possess symptoms from medication, recent infection, or exposure to toxin, things likely will reverse. If you have a progressive problem, this will increase your limitations. Neuropsychological testing may well help guide your potential choices. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my cognitive impairment at 60?

Lots of reasons: Cognitive impairment is due to many issues, chief of which is poor health. This can be manifest by poor nutrition & lack of exercise. Smoking, excess alcohol consumption & illicit substance use increase risk. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol & heart disease are all associated w/cognitive impairment. Infections & some medications can push some over the line if their health is iffy. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms or shorter life?

Dealing with memory: This is a difficult decision for many an all involved, whether it be you or a loved one. It is a personal decision but it is a decision you need to make while you can...A living will and good clear instructions to family are very important. There is no right or wrong...There just is. Do what is best for you. Decisions we make at the end are no different than the decisions and choices we made all along. ...Read more

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How might cognitive impairment affect response to instructions?

Unable: Cognitive impairment means that people are not usually able to follow simple instructions. They have difficulty with attention and especially laying down new memory. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cognitive impairment?

What is the definition or description of: Cognitive impairment?

Cognitive impairment: An inability to think or reason clearly ...Read more

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Does antipsychotic meds impair cognitive functions in the long term?

Does antipsychotic meds impair cognitive functions in the long term?

Should NOT: Brain medications are designed to improve cognitive functioning and life functioning, particularly in the longrun. Some people develop side effects though. If at any point in treatment you notice any cognitive clouding or memory difficulty talk with your doctor to assess dosing and medication itself. ...Read more

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How does cognitive impairment affect a person telling the body what to do?

How does cognitive impairment affect a person telling the body what to do?

Please try again...: This question needs to be re-phrased, in order to be understandable. What is the person trying to tell the body to do? ...Read more

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Are there any significant cognitive impairment that you believe is caused by the disease?

Which disease?: Sorry, but what disease do you have in mind as potentially causing cognitive impairment? Without knowing the name of the disease, I really cannot give you an answer. ...Read more

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I think I have cognitive impairment but don't want it on my medical record. How can I tell?

Take free online tes: Go online & search for "free cognitive testing" or some variation. Take as many tests as you can and see how you score. If you well on all of them, then it's less likely but not impossible to have cognitive impairment. But if you don't do so well on most, then you really ought to chat, perhaps off-the-record, w/your doc and start some evaluation. At least improve your nutrition & exercise. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment?

Memory and thought: Mild cognitive impairment is difficulty in memory and ability to carry out thought processes- and although it's mild, there's can be some confusion involved. It's difficult to lay down new memories with cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

Estrogen2use or not: Estrogens are like any other med. They have side effects some good, some bad. If your family history is strong for cardiac or osteoporosis estrogen is a good option to keep you healthy. If you have a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of blood clots it would be better to pass on the estrogen use. Discuss all of this with your md and make an informed decision for you :). ...Read more

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Official website for mild cognitive impairment?

There is none: Dementia-related groups such as the alzheimer's association, huntington's disease association and many others deal with various degrees of cognitive impairment. There is no "official website". ...Read more

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Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Explanation: "dementia" is a functional term. It refers to a person who has not been independent in activities of daily living (adls) for at least 3 consecutive months. Dementia has numerous possible causes (eg alzheimer's). Mci = unequivocal loss of faculties: memory, thinking, reasoning, insight, judgment, task completion, apraxia, etc without being as functionally impaired as a demented person. ...Read more

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Please help - cognitive impairment & snri?

Please help - cognitive impairment & snri?

Don't go there.: Snri=selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor=class of antidepressants whose action on neurotransmitters is distinct from ssri's (which act by affecting serotonin).It's tempting to hope the transmitter that is "cousin" to adrenaline would be more cognitively empowering but it doesn't work out that way. These meds (cymbalta, effexor, (venlafaxine) pristiq) are useful for some, but for mood issues, not cognition. ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Sometimes: Anxiety can lower one's ability to focus and concentrate, and thus can also lead to some forgetfulness or distractibility. Still, (with the exception of temporary panic attacks, if any) most anxiety usually does not impair cognitive functions as much as some other mental health difficulties. This can be improved with psychotherapy and/or medication treatments. ...Read more

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How do doctors assess for cognitive impairment?

Testing: Typically they ask the person thinking questions and gauge their ability to respond. Subtract 7 from 100 and keep going. Perform a memory test of three item recall. Draw the face of a clock with the time saying 7:25 or some other "none even" time. There are other more specialized test that can be done, typically by psychologists. ...Read more

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How do I deal with cognitive impairment if diabetes?

How do I deal with cognitive impairment if diabetes?

Control: Control your blood sugar. Avoid the extremes (high and especially low blood sugar). Control other risk factors: blood pressure, cholesterol. Maintain healthy diet and exercise regularly. Do activities that stimulate your brain. See your physician for more individualized advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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When doctors say cognitive impairment, what do they mean?

Difficulty thinking: Cognitive impairment refers to difficulties with thought process, including mental retardation or dementias. ...Read more

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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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Cognitive impairment can reduce ability to receive information?

Yes: Cognitive function can be measured in various facets, eg executive function, praxia, phasia, gnosia & memory. If you can't remember things, it's very difficult to receive information enough to learn. This is one of the basic tenets of cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is cognitive impairment in mental illness?

Cognitive impairment: Impairment in thinking in potentially multiple areas. If the problem is chronic and persistent it may be a form of dementia. Patients with psychotic disorders can have cognitive symptoms in which their thinking is unclear or distorted. Patient with traumatic brain injury as well may have significant difficulty in their thinking and processing of information. ...Read more

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How do I deal with cognitive impairment (fibro fog) from fibromyalgia?

How do I deal with cognitive impairment (fibro fog) from fibromyalgia?

Several options: I have had patients do well with either stimulant drugs (adderall) or with nuvigil. Use of either of these is "off label". ...Read more