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Doctor insights on: Impaired Judgment

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Danger of impaired judgement?

Danger of impaired judgement?

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

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What cognitive functions are impaired with alcohol?

What cognitive functions are impaired with alcohol?

All of them...: ...To varying degrees. Sadly, insight and judgment are among the first to go, so that the first to disappear are inhibitions against consuming more alcohol, and other high-risk activities. ...Read more

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How does alcohol impair drivers judgement?

How does alcohol impair drivers judgement?

Alcohol disinhibits: Which means it causes us to do things we normally wouldn't do. So speeding becomes natural, even through lights. Trying to pass unsafely can cause head on collisions and alcohol causes a loss of ability to acurately judge distances. Alcohol is also sedating and can cause you to nodd off at the wheel. ...Read more

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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

I am experiencing  impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more

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Has depression ever impaired social skills?

Has depression ever impaired social skills?

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

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What memory functions are impaired in autism?

What memory functions are impaired in autism?

Possibly none.: The autistic spectrum disorders have a lot of different faces; they are related to each other in that they involve impaired communication. This does not necessarily mean memory is effected at all. ...Read more

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Ptsd/impaired memory, need help?

Ptsd/impaired memory, need help?

Specialized care: Ptsd and memory difficulties are both complex issues which are best treated by specialized experts. There are many different kinds of therapies (talk therapy, memory exercises, relaxation techniques, bio- & neurofeedback, others), but it is important to match the right therapies to your individual needs. Look for a psychiatrist or phd-level therapist who specializes in ptsd to get started. ...Read more

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How does cognitive impairment affect the patient's judgment?

How does cognitive impairment affect the patient's judgment?

Spin the bottle: Cognitive impairment is not necessarily lack of any one particular faculty nor lack of all faculties of reasoning. Your question would be better expressed as "what brain functions are reduced in people who have impaired judgement.". ...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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Temporarily impaired vision?

Temporarily impaired vision?

Can you ask again?: Impaired vision can be caused by so many conditions, that it would be nearly impossible to help you without getting a little more information. Can you describe the vision? Is it dark, blurred, or intermittent? Is there pain? Any flashes of light or floaters? ...Read more

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Im experiencing dizziness, forgetfulness, impaired vision, inability to concentrate, extreme lethargy.What's wrong?

Im experiencing dizziness, forgetfulness, impaired vision, inability to concentrate, extreme lethargy.What's wrong?

Over-worked?: Your complaints are too non-specific. The diagnosis list is pages long. It literally could be anything. You need to see an good internist. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Of course!: No further answer is really indicated here -- it's just an obvious "yes". If you are impaired cognitively -- for any reason -- you should get professional help. Similarly, if you have a "mental disorder", you should get expert professional help. ...Read more

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Difficulty thinking because depressed?

Difficulty thinking because depressed?

It can be a symptom : Depression is often associated with temporarily decreased ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions. Some depressed patients will mention these thinking difficulties first during initial evaluation. With effective treatment these cognitive symptoms resolve along with the depressed mood. ...Read more

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Does depression affect mind alertness and thinking power?

Does depression affect mind alertness and thinking power?

Depression: interferes w.our ability to focus and concentrate. It also can produce memory problems. A mental health professional can help. Please don't use medication only but learn strategies for self-help. "Feeling Good" by David Burns is a good book about cognitive behavioral therapy. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How does memory impairment affect the ability of an elder dementia patient to use verbal language?

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 more

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Does zyprexa (olanzapine) alone cause difficulty in concentrating and impairment in thinking and judement?

Does zyprexa (olanzapine) alone cause difficulty in concentrating and impairment in thinking and judement?

It can: Nervous system side effects have frequently included somnolence, tremor, insomnia, dizziness, speech disorder, abnormal gait, amnesia, paresthesia, apathy, confusion, tremor, akathisia, hypertonia, articulation impairment, incoordination, abnormal dreams, emotional lability, agitation, nervousness, and hostility. Akinesia, alcohol misuse, antisocial reaction, ataxia, CNS stimulation, www.Drugs.Com. ...Read more

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Depression, anxiety, paranoia, memory loss, confusion, trouble concentrating, vision trouble, seeing and hearing things. ?

Depression, anxiety, paranoia, memory loss, confusion, trouble concentrating, vision trouble, seeing and hearing things. ?

Very serious : You need to be evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. The symptoms you describe are very serious and need to be treated. It is extremely important that your condition be accurately diagnosed so that the appropriate treatment can be provided. The differential diagnosis is broad and ranges from a medical cause to Schizophrenia versus Substance-Induced Psychosis. ...Read more

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Could obsessive compulsive disorder impair judgements?

Yes: Ocd will result in actions that could impair judgement due to repetitive behaviors. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

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 more

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Why does stress impair judgment?

Why does stress impair judgment?

Actually, it depends: The yerkes-dodson curve (google it) says performance peaks with moderate stress — not too much or too little. But the best amount depends on the task. Judging simple, over-learned tasks can be done under relatively more stress; complex, novel tasks need much less. The "why" involves the effect of stress hormones & the sympathetic nervous system on cognition: emergencies call for fast action. ...Read more

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