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Mild Cognitive Impairement
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
Sometimes: Anxiety can lower one's ability to focus and concentrate, and thus can also lead to some forgetfulness or distractibility. Still, (with the exception of temporary panic attacks, if any) most anxiety usually does not impair cognitive functions as much as some other mental health difficulties. This can be improved with psychotherapy and/or medication treatments. ...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
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
Sporadic migraine minor speech+cognitive impairment minor hallucinations like confusion of surroundings, mild paranoia mood swings occasional lethargy?
Estrogen2use or not: Estrogens are like any other med. They have side effects some good, some bad. If your family history is strong for cardiac or osteoporosis estrogen is a good option to keep you healthy. If you have a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of blood clots it would be better to pass on the estrogen use. Discuss all of this with your md and make an informed decision for you :). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dealing with memory: This is a difficult decision for many an all involved, whether it be you or a loved one.It is a personal decision but it is a decision you need to make while you can...A living will and good clear instructions to family are very important.There is no right or wrong...There just is.Do what is best for you.Decisions we make at the end are no different than the decisions and choices we made all along. ...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
Potentially: Carbamazepine has been associated with mild cognitive slowing and changes in memory in some patients. Discuss with your prescribing physician whether a medication such as Vimpat (lacosamide) or lamotrigine would be a reasonable option for you. Of additional concern because of your history is the possibility of obstructive sleep apnea--which can definitely lead to cognitive issues. Sleep testing? ...Read more
Can patients (age 12) with autism and seizure disorder experience gains in cognitive and social function post seizure activity?
Seizure/Autism: Sure.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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