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Doctor insights on: Memory Illnesses

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

Memory is the ability to recall information ...Read more


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Do certain mental illnesses cause burnout?

Do certain mental illnesses cause burnout?

It depends: Excessive stress causes burnout. Stress can also be associated with various mental illnesses. So i believe burnout may be related to some mental illnesses, but not necessarily caused by it. It is a bit like the question of which came first the chicken or the egg. ...Read more

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Can mini strokes lead to mental impairment or mental illness?

Can mini strokes  lead to mental impairment or mental illness?

Yes: Stroke = neuronal damage or death. You lose brain cells, you lose function. The extent of functionality lost is hard to predict but naturally depends on the anatomic area affected by the strokes. Multi-infarct dementia is a form of progressive dementia caused by repeat stroke occurrences. ...Read more

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Can MS cause memory problems and mood swings?

Can MS cause memory problems and mood swings?

You bet it could: About 65 % of ms patients experience some cognitive issues, and emotional lability and inappropriate behavior can be an issue. Symptomatic medications can help immensely, and memory enhancing agents, and a drug called nuedexta can be of great value. ...Read more

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Patuitary tumours .... Mental illness irational thinking aggression are these normal symptoms?

Patuitary tumours .... Mental illness irational thinking aggression are these normal symptoms?

No, not normal: No, it's not normal to have a mental illness, irrational thinking, or aggression. Pituitary tumors can cause endocrine & other changes, and these can affect how you view & respond to others. Please see your physician as soon as possible about the symptoms you're having. ...Read more

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Can poor parenting actually cause mental illness?

Can poor parenting actually cause mental illness?

Poor parenting: That includes violence or abuse could cause ptsd, depression, anxiety, etc. What do you mean by poor parenting? The journal "pediatrics" reported that physical punishment (i.E, pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, hitting) without abuse or neglect is associated with more mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, & drug abuse. Spanked children have more problems with anger & hitting. ...Read more

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What causes mental fog, loss of memory & forgetfulness?

Nonspecific symptoms: A very large number of general medical conditions, as well as many neurological and psychiatric illnesses, may cause impairment of attention and concentration with memory problems. The best place to start would be a general checkup on your body's systems by a primary care provider, who could send you to other specialists if needed based on the initial work up. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problems?

Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problems?

Yes.: An overactive thyroid might cause all of that, but anxiety alone certainly can. Both are treatable, so consult a physician. ...Read more

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Can childhood illnesses such as measles cause dystonia?

Can childhood illnesses such as measles cause dystonia?

Hm...: Measles usually leaves no consequences, but in some children it may lead to either acute or chronic (slowly developing) encephalitis that can be a cause of dystonia. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotics affect cognitive functions like memory processing speed word recollection executive functions? What's the best?

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 more

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Can low dopamine cause twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Can low dopamine cause  twitches, tachycardia, memory issues, brain fog, personality change...?

Hard to say...: Dopamine (DA) is not measured in clinical labs. It's extremely rapidly metabolized along a variety of pathways. Further, DA levels in blood bear little resemblance to DA activity in the brain - even less to the small brain regions and synapses where DA signaling is concentrated. Though DA *might* be relevant, the symptoms you describe could have a very large number of non-DA causes. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause learning disabilities or memory problems?

Can chemotherapy cause learning disabilities or memory problems?

It is possible: There have been studies to show that things such as the ability to multitask can be impaired by chemotherapy. There are other issues with hormonal blocking medicines in some patients as well. ...Read more

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Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?

It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read more

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Do some childhood traumas cause delayed depression and mental illness later?

Do some childhood traumas cause delayed depression and mental illness later?

Sometimes: In the past few decades, studies have used MRI to track the neurobiological effects that multiple traumas can have on normal childhood development (i.e. Van der kolk, 2005, "developmental trauma disorder"). If left untreated, these traumatic experiences can have lasting effects on mental health, including depression and anxiety. The good news is that these conditions are highly treatable. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problem?

Can anxiety cause mental confusion and memory problem?

Yes, for a purpose.: The fight or flight response, anger or fear, can produce adrenaline that shuts down unnecessary functions so you can best fight your way to safety or run away from danger. That means shutting down unnecessary brain activities like your ability to retreive information from long term memory. You are supposed to be in self-defense mode, not reminiscing. ...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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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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Can typhoid fever cause neurological symptoms such as brain fog, slight memory disturbances, changes in vision, and /or confusion?

Can typhoid fever cause neurological symptoms such as brain fog, slight memory disturbances, changes in vision, and /or confusion?

Typhoid fever: Absolutely. Hallucinations, alterations in sensorium, diminished levels of consciousness and other neurological symptoms occur frequently in typhoid fever. But do not just assume that this is the diagnosis. See a doctor and be fully evaluated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can memory loss effect and affect memory thoughts or recollection in patients that suffer memory loss from motor vehicle accident?

How can memory loss effect and affect memory thoughts or recollection in patients that suffer memory loss from motor vehicle accident?

Memory: It depends on the areas of the brain affected by the car accident. The first thing I would do would be to go get a complete neurological workup to determine the extent and particulars of the damage. ...Read more

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Can phosphatidylserine improve memory and cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Can phosphatidylserine improve memory and cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Phosphatidylserine (fos-fuh-tie-dul-SER-een) is a dietary supplement that has received some interest as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems: Several studies with phosphatidylserine indicate improved cognitive abilities and behaviors. However, improvements lasted only a few months and were seen in people with the least severe symptoms. Initially, phosphatidylserine supplements were derived from the brain cells of cows. But because of concerns about mad cow disease, most manufacturers now produce the supplements from soy or cabbage derivatives. Preliminary studies have shown that plant-based phosphatidylserine supplements may also offer benefits, but more research is needed. However, no modern studies have continued to focus on phosphatidylserine, suggesting its limited effect. Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration doesn't require manufacturers to provide evidence of the potential risks and benefits of phosphatidylserine — or of any supplement. Consult your doctor before starting any dietary supplement. ...Read more