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Cognitive Deficits Definition
Cognitive impairment: An inability to think or reason clearly ...Read more
Cognitive dysfunctio: An inability to think or reason clearly ...Read more
CBT: A psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors & cognitive processes, through goal-oriented systematic procedures. It is effective for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders & substance abuse. Phases of cbt are: assess., reconceptualization, skills acquisition& consolidation, maintenance, & followup. ...Read more
In pediatrics, we follow infants-toddlers for delayed milestones and one of those is the cognition being within normal limits. If not walking and talking at the appropriate time, i.e. 18 months, this is delayed and
hearing and other evaluations may be done. If adults acquire cognition delays, i.e. memory, brain function,
dementia or other issue should be ruled out. ...Read more
Cognitive impairment: More likely referring to early dementing illness like alzheimer's. ...Read more
How much time it usually takes to Xanax (alprazolam) to cause 'permanent' cognitive deficits like memory deficits?
Not permanent: Any benzodiazepine can induce tolerance with ~2-3 weeks of consistent use. One might also have some temporary memory dysfunction with the first dose -- inability to learn new material when using. When the dose wears off, this effect should also wear off. If on xanax (alprazolam) and having this problem, a very gradual taper should allow cognition to return to previous abilities. It's not permanent. ...Read more
How does one differentiate between MS and cidp? I have cognitive/emotional deficits, but my neuro says cidp is inconsistent with those symptoms. True?
MS or CIDP?:
Yes, that is true. CIDP would not cause cognitive or emotional deficits.
CIDP should cause diminished reflexes, numbness or weakness in a distribution affecting lower legs and hands, and can be found by nerve conduction testing.
MS may cause a variety of symptoms, and is often found by brain MRI testing and spinal tap. ...Read more
What is the disorder in which perceived cognitive impairment is simultaneously present with actual intellectual deficits?
Are there any anticonvulsants that consistently do not cause cognitive deficits? I would use for migraine. I can't handle topamax (topiramate).
No: There are some of these agents that will have fewer side affects than others but they all have the potential to produce cognative deficits. In some cases zonisamide, which is very similar to topiramate, will be as effective and carry fewer advrse events. Talk to your doctor about the issues you are having. ...Read more
May be: Only time will tell about the improvement it all depends what is the extent of permanent damage. ...Read more
I am currently taking topamax (topiramate) for migraine and experiencing cognitive deficits (memory). What are the best alternatives for migraine prophylaxis?
NOT SURPRISING: Topamax (topiramate) (sometimes known as "dopeamax") very often causes both speech and cognitive issues due to it's affect on an short-term memory pathway (perforant pathway, ampa). Would advise considering possibly depakote, or Naproxen (not beta blockers or calcium channel blockers). But how about otc preps such as riboflavin, coq-10, butterbur, feverfew, maybe magnesium, and lastly botox? ...Read more
Medical neuropsych: Important to get both competent medical or neurological workup to rule out medical or treatable disease and neuropsychological testing which is often more sensitive to early detenction of cognitive difficulties. Early detection allows for better treatment choices of underlying causes or even in some cases medications to slow down progression. As always good assessment begets good treatment. ...Read more
Online cognitive: Gosh, never heard of such a combination? Cognitive test makes sense, but be wary of online tests. In most states psychological testing must be done by a licensed psychologist, and this provides legal confidentiality. For general discussion see http://cpancf. Com/articles_files/internetpsychotherapyethics. Asp. ...Read more
Numerous causes: There are numerous possible causes for changes in cognitive status. A few are: medications, head trauma, sleep apnea, lack of sleep, illegal drug use, stroke, alzheimer's disease, kidney disease, liver disease, brain tumor. The list goes on and on. If you think you are having a problem with cognitive function you need to speak to your doctor about this so that they can diagnose your situation. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type and severity of the disability. A thorough assessment and prompt intervention, accompanied by parent skill training optimizes the outcome. ...Read more
Occasionally...: If tired or hungry, a snack of strawberries can help one perk up and finish homework, paperwork, or computer work. If a third-grader is procrastinating about his math, an offer of strawberries can get his brain motivated. Of course, it only works if used once in a while. ...Read more
'Cogs' In A Wheel: Have you ever sat for a test thinking either your future life depended on it-or-you didn't give a ____? Were you good at test-taking? Could you focus your thoughts longer than a scene in 'Ren and Stimpy? 'Were you raised with a golden slide rule in your mouth or holes in your shoes? Were you raised to study or to raise Hell? Anyways, Bottom line is if you're smart & disciplined you have 1/2 a chance. ...Read more
Deficit continuum: Cognitive impairment is assessed by various neurological and neuropsychological tests. Such impairment can be described in scores or other test values, which are sometimes also categorized as "mild, moderate, or severe." such general descriptions of impairment, of course, over-simplify the actual functioning or presentation of the individual. They do help when a quick abbreviation is needed. ...Read more
Dementia: First, he should have a medical workup to determine the cause of the decline. For patients with dementia, there are many geriatric day programs (essentially adult day care) available or you could consider the possibility of a sitter. Less palatable options are assisted living or nursing facilities. A good source of information can be your local alzheimers association. ...Read more
Optimal health...: Is good for your brain too! There are a number of healthy habits that can help you improve cognitive function. 1) regular Physical Activity 2) Openness to new challenging experiences 3) Curiosity and Creativity 4) maintain social connections 5) Mindfulness Meditation 6) Brain-Training Games 7) Get Enough Sleep 8) Reduce Chronic Stress. Have fun implementing these into your life! ...Read more
May help: Especially if you are suffering from depressive disorder or anxiety. But if not, it is hard to say. In any case, unless you are suffering from recent impairment of cognition due to depression or anxiety, degree of improvement will not be dramatic. For people who are not suffering from mental illness, I don't think any antidepressant will help. ...Read more
Thinking problems: Cognitive dysfunction generically refers to problems with thinking. This may be manifest in many different spheres. A common cognitive dysfunction for patients with alzheimer's disease for example is with memory. Some have difficulty with the processing/integration of information and some describe a "slowness" in their thinking. Alcohol and traumatic brain injury contribute to cognitive dysfuncti. ...Read more
Meditation Practice: Here is a study (http://bit. Ly/tmwfop) done at upenn showing encouraging results in the use of a daily meditation practice as a way to prevent memory & cognitive deterioration. Also, avoid relying on your gps, iphone, google, wiki etc.= to get immediate answers to your questions. For example, use your memory retrieval function to recall stuff, even if it takes longer."use it or lose it" applies here. ...Read more
Analogy Bytes: U know how some programmers don't care abt computer hardware whereas those who build hardware can't ignore how programs run on the hardware? Well, cognitive neuropsychs seek 2 understand how all that thinking stuff is actually programmed in the brain -what systems of the brain & structures give us memory, language, speech, judgment. Cog psychs focus on what bits of code brain needs 2 do all that! ...Read more
There is a lot of: Research available on cognitive behavioral therapy and its effectiveness. The symptoms you have can help determine the appropriate type of therapy for you. Peace and good health. CBT focuses on changing our habitual thought patterns which result in changes in mood and attitude. ...Read more
My inattentive ADHD is not receptive to medication. Is it sluggish cognitive tempo? How is it treated?
Other factors: When adhd does not respond to usual medications, a reassessment is in order. Do we have the correct diagnosis? Are there any other co-existing behavioral, emotional, developmental, enviromental or physiological co-existing factors? Has medication been optimized? These and other questions need to be anwsered. A re-evaluation will help>further testing including apsychoeducational assesment is in order. ...Read more
Indirectly, yes: Visual loss in and of itself will not cause a loss of cognitive function. However, it may worsen the situation in people with dementia, as it impairs orientation and general functioning. So, a person with dementia and severe cataract may see an improvement in functioning if the vision is improved. ...Read more