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Intelligence has been defined in many different ways including, but not limited to, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, reasoning, learning, having emotional knowledge, retaining, planning, and problem solving. Intelligence is most widely studied in humans, but has also been observed in ...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
Fluid IQ: As we age, we may encounter neurological events that reduce our capacities to learn or deal with novel situations. Interest, motivation, and personality factors also may play a part. ...Read more
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
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
Lots of trouble: The question of course begs judgment for what. Bad judgment in relationships can result in conflicts, victimization, and personal danger, bad judgment in safety related decisions can result in personal harm or put others at risk, bad judgment in finaincial matters can cause financial problems, bad judgment in drinking and driving...Etc. Etc. ...Read more
Not permanent: The side effects of Paxil, (paroxetine) as with many SSRI antidepressants can cause slower cognition, and loss of alertness and attention, however, these side effects should go away, or dissipate when the drug is stopped, with a few weeks. Since depression can also cause these symptoms, I would be careful blaming this on the drug if it hasn't been taken for at least 4-6 weeks regularly ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Genetics: The volume inside your skull is predetermined by the genes that you inherit from your parents. To increase your IQ:1) get plenty of physical exercise 2) eat a healthy diet with plenty of fish, meat, fruits and vegetables 3) do brain exercises such as work cross word puzzles, sodoku and word search 4) read books on a variety of subjects ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely!: The symptoms described are very typical of poor quality sleep. If a person has adequate time for sleep, but it is of poor quality, there may be an issue with sleep related breathing. If this is the case, a visit to someone trained in sleep disorders is needed. Even if the problem is lack of time for adequate sleep, better quality sleep can be obtained in less time with treatment. ...Read more
Insomnia, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, lose grip on reality, feel hopless, can't hold a conversation, trouble socializing, lack of emotio?
What are you doing: For treatment now? This lists you as having anxiety - but no more specific diagnosis, treatment or medications are listed. If you aren't getting professional help - please know that you don't need to keep suffering like this. Please see a psychologist for a form of talking therapy. Please see a psychiatrist or your physician for a medical workup to rule out medical causes ; for eval for >. ...Read more
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
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