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Cognitively Impaired Meaning
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
According to the ada (which regulates how employers should treat workers with such disabilities), a mental impairment is: “any mental or psychological disorder, such as an intellectual disability (formerly termed “mental retardation”), organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities” -- all disorders in the mental health diagnostic ...Read more
What is the disorder in which perceived cognitive impairment is simultaneously present with actual intellectual deficits?
Yes!: Loss of interest, withdrawal, isolation are some of the common symptoms of depression that have an evident effect on one's social life. Sense of worthlessness, inadequacy and low self esteem, are other symptoms that clearly affect one's social skills. In contrast, self confidence characterises socially skilled individuals. ...Read more
Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?
Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more
Subtle question: In mania, people subjectively feel their performance is superior when actually it is not--it becomes degraded by distractability and flighty thinking. Yet underlying cognitive capacity remains intact. Mild mania (hypomania) provide boosts of energy that multiply the effect of intelligence even though, once again, the underlying capacity remains unchanged. Untreated bipolar reduces net performance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impact on function: Until one finds a way to relieve or reduce the symptoms of mental/emotional/behavioral disorders they do indeed have an impact on functioning in many areas of life. Often that is a necessary part of the dx. It's not likely that the innate intellectual capacity would be diminished, but the performance level definitely could. Find effective tx - a combo of cbt talk therapy and meds may be best. ...Read more
Memory is complex: Intact memory functioning is complex. One needs intact attention, intact ability to form a short term memory, intact ability to move information from short term to long term memory, intact ability to form a long term memory and then ability to recall the information when you want or need it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many reasons: Some mental illnesses and neurological conditions may make it harder, but in the end, social skills are just that - skills. Some perfectly healthy people don't learn the same social skills as us growing up, for example if they came from a troubled childhood or just a culture that is very different from ours. The good news is that skills can always be learned and improved at any time in our lives! ...Read more
Yes they do!: Assisted living facilities are long-term programs, regulated independently by each state. In fact, a large number of residents often have alzheimer's or other dementias. Services are provided on a 24-hour basis and include treatment and care based on individualized assessments. Dignity and quality of life are also key elements of care (see www.Alz.Org). ...Read more
Not really: One criterion for all mental disorders is that the symptoms cause impairment. That is not the same thing as saying someone is mentally impaired. Children, adolescents, and adults with adhd have various behaviors that can be quite disruptive to their lives and the lives of others, but their thinking processes are not affected, so they would not be called mentally impaired. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are psychological or cognitive conditions that may go along with temporal lobe epilepsy? Can tle affect executive functioning, being impulsive?
Geschwind's syndrome: Classical personality interictal changes, include lack of sexual interest, hyper-religiousity or multiple conversions, excessive writing or drawing, obsessional activities, labile emotional shifts such as mania, depression, guilt, anger, hostility, emotional intensity. Even the bible describes these sorts of personalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do antipsychotics affect cognitive functions like memory processing speed word recollection executive functions? What's the best?
Cognitive effects: The newer antipsychotics (second-generation antipsychotics) theoretically are supposed to assist with improving cognitive impairments in various mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, it is possible that a slowing of processes can occur with such medications. Efficacy and tolerability depend on the medication, side effect profile, and patient response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How does memory impairment affect the ability of an individual with dementia to use verbal language?
Many ways: Comprehension of verbal language requires that the left temporal language areas are intact. Declarative memory that is not autobiographical or emotional charged requires an intact left temporal lobe (hippocampus and related structures. Language output requires intact left frontal lobe structures. Some memory systems are heavily invested in frontal lone circuitry. I could go on with more space ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does cerebral vasculitis cause cognitive, memory, vision and personality changes? If so, is this reversible?
How does memory impairment affect the ability of an elder dementia patient to use verbal language?
Not great: The verbal langauage declines as the dementia progresses. Any new verbal and non-verbal language will not process into the brain for learning purpose and carrying out function. So stick with the simple and familiar verbal langauage for now. There is an interested concept of conservation for dementia individuals called "landmark" or "elderspeak". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not uncommon: Sensory processing issues commonly occur in the autism spectrum disorders, so much so the these problems are now included in the criteria for diagnosis. Visual/ spatial problems can be a form of a sensory processing issue. Get a good evaluation and see an occupational therapist trained in sensory processing conditions. ...Read more