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Sporadic migraine minor speech+cognitive impairment minor hallucinations like confusion of surroundings, mild paranoia mood swings occasional lethargy?

Sporadic migraine minor speech+cognitive impairment minor hallucinations like confusion of surroundings, mild paranoia mood swings occasional lethargy?

Complex migraine: Migraine auras not only can cause visual issues but also numbness, tingling, and difficulty with speech. The cognitive issues can be entitled "dysphrenia hemicrania transitoria". All may be best treated by a preventative agent. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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 severe depression or grieving cause sudden and extreme confusion?

Can severe depression or grieving cause sudden and extreme confusion?

Get eval.: When sx are sudden and different from what one already has had, it's always a good idea to let your doctor know and be evaluated for anything physical that might cause confusion and take things from there. ...Read more

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I have severe headaches, severe agitation and unhappy, wild mood swings.

I have severe headaches, severe agitation and unhappy, wild mood swings.

Diet, hormones: Increasing your magnesium intake, B complex vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids would help your whole nervous system work better. You are well into the post menopausal age range. Loss of estradiol and progesterone contributes greatly to all the symptoms that you list and more. Try to find a doctor that does bioidenticle hormone replacement therapy if improving your after 4-6 weeks does not help you ...Read more

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Severe memory loss? Causes?

Severe memory loss? Causes?

Many causes: The common causes of memory loss are usually metabolic developments found in older peoples' brains. When a young man suffers marked memory loss, head trauma, drugs abuse and induced severe hypoglycemia, must be at the top of your list. Remember those cases of amnesia reported that happen, because of intent to treat to cause amnesia. ...Read more

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Can menopause cause aches pains weepiness severe anxiety depression?

Can menopause cause aches pains weepiness severe anxiety depression?

Yes: Menopause and the "peri-menopausal" time frame can cause many issues due to changing hormonal levels. Some medications like sarafem (prozac) can be used with good success to treat these symptoms. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can ADHD involve extreme forgetfulness?

Can ADHD involve extreme forgetfulness?

Yes: Yes. If you're having trouble concentrating you're also having trouble storing information away for later. ...Read more

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Can severe, chronic constipation cause headaches and malaise?

Can severe, chronic constipation cause headaches and malaise?

YES: There are many theories about why...("retained toxins from bowel etc etc) but none adequately explain the phenomenon ....headaches/malaise definitely accompany Irritable Bowel Syndrome Type C (Constipation) Discuss these symptoms with your Gastroenterologist Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Uncommonly yes: About 10% of people who suffer from schizophrenia have engaged in violent activity. As reference this number is 25% for people with alcohol use disorders. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause forgetfullness and disorientation?

Can anxiety cause forgetfullness and disorientation?

Yes: absolutely, it is well established that Anxiety disorders are associated with variable degres of impairment of concentration, memory and speed of thinking . during a severe anxiety attack the person may experience feelings of disorientation. treatment is available and is effective good luck and feel better ...Read more

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Severe ocd.Anxiety.Sadness constant crying?

Severe ocd.Anxiety.Sadness constant crying?

Severe OCD: You sound very uncomfortable, and although you haven't really asked a question i suggest you see a psychiatrist for these issues asap. There are good treatments for ocd, which is a type of anxiety disorder. Both psychotherapy and medications (as needed) can be employed to help you. If you are thinking of harming yourself in any way, please do not wait -- go to an er or call 911. ...Read more

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Tiredness headaches mood swings dizziness depression anxiety and inattention. What causes all my symptoms?

See below...: All the symptoms u describe are not uncommon with depressive disorders...Although more details are needed, to know for sure... I hope u are in psychotherapy working on the underlying emotional issues. I have seen many a client have their physical symptoms disappear as their depression lifted... Of course, a general physical work up with ur md is a good idea as well... Wishing you well! ...Read more

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Hand tremors, weakness, vision problems, fatigue, mood swings/depressed mood, stressed, dizziness, loss of balance trouble concentrating/ focusing?

Hand tremors, weakness, vision problems, fatigue, mood swings/depressed mood, stressed, dizziness, loss of balance trouble concentrating/ focusing?

You need evaluation: You need to be evaluated by a neurologist, a psychiatrist, an ophthalmologist, a gastroenterologist, and a psychologist for neuropsych testing. Yours is a very complicated case that will take a team of physicians or a very bright internist to diagnose. Please ask your general practitioner for referrals to the above specialties until a cause for all of your symptoms is identified. ...Read more

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Can having poor vision cause severe dizziness?

Can having poor vision cause severe dizziness?

Possible: If the prescription between the two eyes are significantly different, you could feel off-balance. This would most commonly occur following cataract surgery in one eye. ...Read more

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Seroquel (quetiapine) makes my un-dx condition worse. Symptoms are heart pain, almost paralyzed due to extreme somnolence, severe cognitive impairment.. Causes?

Seroquel (quetiapine) makes my un-dx condition worse. Symptoms are heart pain, almost paralyzed due to extreme somnolence, severe cognitive impairment.. Causes?

Seroquel (quetiapine): Seroquel (quetiapine) can be very sedating -- more so depending on increased dose. It can also cause "cognitive impairment." I have no idea from here what you were like before the medication, but it sounds like you need a thorough medical evaluation. A psychiatrist may need to also be involved in your care -- and you need to tell whoever is prescribing the seroquel (quetiapine) about what you're experiencing. ...Read more

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Symptoms of severe depression?

Severe depression: Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed; sad mood most days; changes in appetite (either less or more); changes in energy (lethargic and flat, or anxious/agitated); changes in sleep (either too much, or disturbed -- especially with early morning awakening). Extremely negative thoughts about self & others; intense guilt; suicidal thoughts, etc. Psychiatrists & psychologists can help. ...Read more

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Undiagnosed but have cognitive impairment, dizziness and muscle weakness?

Undiagnosed but have cognitive impairment, dizziness and muscle weakness?

See a neurologist: A neurologist would be the best specialist to see to figure this out and see if this can be reversed or at least helped. ...Read more

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Forgetfulness, Memory problems, Poor concentration, nerve pain in head, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, tachycardia, swollen belly/legs/feet.

Forgetfulness, Memory problems, Poor concentration, nerve pain in head, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, tachycardia, swollen belly/legs/feet.

Various symptoms: You have a variety of symptoms so you need to see your doctor. He/she will examine and test you and give you a diagnosis and provide help. Possibilities include cardiac issues, infection, GI issue, anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Severe headaches, nauseous, severe fatigue, loss of appetite. What can these symptoms be from?

Severe headaches, nauseous, severe fatigue, loss of appetite. What can these symptoms be from?

Could be anything: The symptoms you enumerated could be inter-related to or occur by coincidence . Severe head ache and nausea could be signs of migraine . If you do not have history of it , it might be sing of some thing serious and i advise you to see your doc. ...Read more

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Does a brain tumor cause forgetfulness and severe headaches?

Does a brain tumor cause forgetfulness and severe headaches?

Possibly: Brain tumors can cause forgetfulness and certainly are associated with headaches, however many other things can cause this too. If you are having these symptoms please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why am i so forgetful all the time i forget we're i'm going what i'm doing an saying?

Why am i so forgetful all the time i forget we're i'm going what i'm doing an saying?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes for forgetfulness -- everything from taking certain substances, to medication side effects, to nutritional problems, to anxiety & concentration issues, to more serious ones like degenerative neurologic illness. You could get the best attention for your own situation by seeing your own physician for a thorough evaluation. Also staying away from sedating substances. ...Read more

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What could cause forgetfulness?

What could cause forgetfulness?

So many things: Forgetfulness could result from a lot of things. Our emotions, sadness/depression, anxiety, neurological problems, attention problems, stress from any source, certain medications, illnesses, dementia and others can all contribute to forgetfulness.If this is a new problem for you and you have no underlying medical problem to account for it, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to address forgetfulness?

Is there a good way to address forgetfulness?

Forgetfulness: My colleagues have suggested ways you might address the forgetfulness of someone else, but i wondered whether you might be concerned about your own forgetfulness? If this is so, you can get a thorough evaluation by seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist. You may also need more in-depth neuropsychological testing and/or other studies. They can also suggest ways to help you with this issue. ...Read more

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Why am I so tired, forgetful and, burned out?

Depression/anxiety: Memory has multiple facets. Most people at this age it is concentration and attention. If you don't register it, you don't remember. We have too many things to remember so must prioritize. It is more likely anxiety and depression rather than any dementia process. I wrote a chapter on this in my book, psychiatry in techno colors, on amazon.Com. ...Read more

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Can NyQuil make you forgetful ? feel out of it ?

Can NyQuil make you forgetful ? feel out of it ?

Yes: Nyquil contains multiple ingredient in each capsule including one called Doxylamine which is an anti-histamine type medication) similar class as Benadryl). It is a first generation anti-histamine and therefore crosses the blood brain barrier and is known to cause sedation and "brain fog" after taking it and even after waking up in the morning. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about increasing forgetfulness?

Should I be worried about increasing forgetfulness?

Possibly: If it is progressive and there are no situatioinal stressors to account for this like anxiety depression then you should pay attention to see where it goes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Forgetfulness?

Memory is complex.: In assessing for memory defects, we divide memory into short term (3 minutes or less) and long term (15-to-20 minutes). Some clinicians vary these times and add a middle or "intermediate" range (3-to-20 minutes). There are standard tests that assess recall, after presenting standardized things to remember. Norms are generated by age. See a psychologist for testing if you have doubts. ...Read more

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What foods or habits can I cultivate to reduce forgetfulness?

Skim this article: Do you mean 'more able to stay focused' by 'reduce forgetfulness'? Skim this article. It has some good pointers: http://healthland.Time.Com/2012/07/23/13-ways-to-beat-distractions-and-stay-focused-at-work/?Iid=hl-main-mostpop1. ...Read more

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Can stress make me forget things ? Been very forgetful lately.

Yes - stress can: ^ forgetfulness. To address stress: Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle ...Read more

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My daughter who is 12 years struggles to finish her tasks and is forgetful ?

My daughter who is 12 years struggles to finish her tasks and is forgetful ?

Forgetful & tasks: The question comes to mind, is she forgetful because she doesn't want to complete her tasks or for other reasons. How are her school grades? How is her diet and exercise level? Please take her to the doctor for a check up. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My memory has been worse than last year, and I am only 23. What causes forgetfulness?

Many things: A person's memory is actually made of different parts and each part has different possible causes for memory loss. In general, memory problems can occur from alcohol abuse, mood disorders, psychosis, stress and anxiety, psychological trauma, head injuries and dementia. However, at your age, you may simply have too much to think about and this may cause problems with "working memory". ...Read more

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Can you really be forgetful when I haven't had a decent nights sleep in over 2 weeks how dose it affect you ?

Can you really be forgetful when I haven't had a decent nights sleep in over 2 weeks how dose it affect you ?

Absolutely.: Lack of sleep is one of those things that can make us forgetful and not retain memories as well. That's why they say to get a good night sleep before a test - it helps consolidate memories and facts. If you haven't slept well in 2 weeks, you will feel tired, sluggish, and not as quick mentally. ...Read more

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Im 17 yrs old but im struggling of being forgetful. I even forgot the nmes of my clssm8s sometimes, what exercise or routine should I do?

Im 17 yrs old but im struggling of being forgetful. I even forgot the nmes of my clssm8s sometimes, what exercise or routine should I do?

1st consult with doc: Before recommending cognitive exercises, i would first rule out any medical issues. There are several medical conditions that can impact our ability to think, and store short/long term memory. ...Read more

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My grandma had alszheimers.I'm 26 and I seem to be more forgetful than my peers. Are there any tests for me to take to determine the cause?

My grandma had alszheimers.I'm 26 and I seem to be more forgetful than my peers. Are there any tests for me to take to determine the cause?

Alzheimers unlikely: Common causes of impaired memory in young people include brain injury, drug/alcohol use, seizure disorder, sleep apnea/deprivation. You're too young for alzheimers. You could also be perfectly normal. Psychologists can administer careful memory tests to say whether your memory is normal, and if not, how it is not. You may want to run this by your primary care doc first, though: testing is $$. ...Read more

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I am 34 years old and suffer from EXRTEME forgetfulness, like forget full coversations I have had just the day before. Could this be serious?

It's serious...: ...if it affects your ability to function. There's more than 1 possibility: Some people's "forgetfulness" is actually attentional more than memory; they're distracted by internal stimuli. If the memory never goes in, it can't come out. Since this is so distressing to you, consider neuropsychological testing to find out what kind of memory problem you really have and how severe it really is. ...Read more

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2 years ago i fell in the toilet and hit my back head on the floor. I bcome very forgetful, like smtime i frgot what I do in the morning.Is it normal?

No but ...: I wouldn't expect post concussive cognitive problems at this point. Could you be depressed? That would effect your concentration & therefore, memory. ...Read more

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Im worried about my memory. I have been forgetful for awhile. I took it lite. But it seems its getting worse. I would put things away and not remember completely within 10 minutes. Today i totally blank out in my exam.

Im worried about my memory.  I have been forgetful  for awhile. I took it lite. But it seems its getting  worse. I would put things away and not remember  completely within 10 minutes. Today i totally blank out in my exam.

Memory issues: A good place to start is w/your family doctor. He/she will check you out and perhaps refer you to another professional such as a neurologist or a neuropsychologist. The neuropsychologist can test you thoroughly and if there are memory challenges offer ways to cope best. Stress management helps. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Need help docs! my 9yo has add and is painfully forgetful?

Has he been : Seen by a developmental specialist, psychologist or psychiatrist. There are medicines and non-pharmacological approaches to treating add and adhd. ...Read more

Dr. William Herrera
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Memory Problems (Definition)

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