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What is mild cognitive impairment?

What is mild cognitive impairment?

Memory and thought: Mild cognitive impairment is difficulty in memory and ability to carry out thought processes- and although it's mild, there's can be some confusion involved. It's difficult to lay down new memories with cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Mental Impairment (Definition)

According to the ada (which regulates how employers should treat workers with such disabilities), a mental impairment is: “any mental or psychological disorder, such as an intellectual disability (formerly termed “mental retardation”), organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities” -- all disorders in the mental health diagnostic ...Read more


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What is cognitive impairment.

Trouble thinking: This is a fancy term for having difficulty coming up with answers, or analysing data, whatever the source. The lay term "slow" has often been used in similar context. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment or early dementia?

What is mild cognitive impairment or early dementia?

MCI: The most important point is that mci does not always progress to alzheimer's. On exam, a good psychiatrist or psychologist can pick up subtle changes in cognition. But does not rise to the level of dementia. ...Read more

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Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Explanation: "dementia" is a functional term. It refers to a person who has not been independent in activities of daily living (adls) for at least 3 consecutive months. Dementia has numerous possible causes (eg alzheimer's). Mci = unequivocal loss of faculties: memory, thinking, reasoning, insight, judgment, task completion, apraxia, etc without being as functionally impaired as a demented person. ...Read more

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What is cognitive impairment? New term for mild dementia?

What is cognitive impairment? New term for mild dementia?

Cognitive impairment: Is a description of something going wrong in the brain, so no it is not a substitute for mild dementia. It just says that the infection or fever or depression or blood sugar or any number of other things is impairing a person's cognition. ...Read more

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What is the difference between mild cognitive impairment and alzheimer's?

MCI-memory loss only: In dementia, not only memory, but also judgment, language, and other aspects are impaired. Mild cognitive impairment (mci) is a mild worsening of memory without those other changes. Mci may or may not progress to dementia. With my patients, i look for reversible causes, do baseline memory testing and repeat a year later. Slow eeg or prolonged cognitive evoked potential may signal pre-dementia. ...Read more

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What is mental impairment?

What is mental impairment?

3 functions of life: There are three major functions in life to achieve. One is build healthy relationships with our friends and family. Second is find love/partner, not necessarily a sexual relationship, but being the most important person in someone's life. And third is to find a purpose, a way to give back to the community through work or other means. Mental illness arises when one of these areas is flailing. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cognitive impairment?

Typically neurodegen: (amnestic) mild cognitive impairment (mcia) is a clinical term used to describe a phase of life that falls between pre symptomatic (have illness but no symptoms at all) and mild dementia due to alzheimer's disease. The person is forgetful and their memory recall tests between normal and frankly abnormal and they remain independent in their activities of daily living. It can progress o 1-9 years. ...Read more

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What is mental impairment vs retardation?

What is mental impairment vs retardation?

Mental: Impairment could mean mental illness impairing such abilities as cognition/reality testing/social functioning/self care. Retardation is low iq. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is cognitive impairment in mental illness?

Could you explain what is cognitive impairment in mental illness?

Cognitive impairment: Impairment in thinking in potentially multiple areas. If the problem is chronic and persistent it may be a form of dementia. Patients with psychotic disorders can have cognitive symptoms in which their thinking is unclear or distorted. Patient with traumatic brain injury as well may have significant difficulty in their thinking and processing of information. ...Read more

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What is cognitive dysfunction?

Thinking problems: Cognitive dysfunction generically refers to problems with thinking. This may be manifest in many different spheres. A common cognitive dysfunction for patients with alzheimer's disease for example is with memory. Some have difficulty with the processing/integration of information and some describe a "slowness" in their thinking. Alcohol and traumatic brain injury contribute to cognitive dysfuncti. ...Read more

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What is the disorder in which perceived cognitive impairment is simultaneously present with actual intellectual deficits?

Please try again...: This question needs to be re-phrased, in order to be understandable. Who is "perceiving" cognitive impairment? How can that be incompatible with "actual" cognitive impairment (i.e., intellectual deficits). ...Read more

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What is mild athropic changes of brain?

What is mild athropic changes of brain?

Atrophy: Atrophy literally means "without food." in reference to the brain it represents a wasting or decrease in the size of the brain owing to disease, injury, or lack of use. It is effected by many factors including hydration status, medications, and other concomitant medical problems. Hopefully this will spur you on to activate your brain as it is one of the factors you can control. Take care. ...Read more

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What is profound retardation?

Historically: Traditionally defined as iq at or below 20-25. Very rare indeed, since it would reflect a range below 98% of individuals classified as mentally retarded. There has been movement from medical and other ortanizations to change some of the labels. ...Read more

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What is the difference between mild, moderate and severe cognitive impariment?

What is the difference between mild, moderate and severe cognitive impariment?

Deficit continuum: Cognitive impairment is assessed by various neurological and neuropsychological tests. Such impairment can be described in scores or other test values, which are sometimes also categorized as "mild, moderate, or severe." such general descriptions of impairment, of course, over-simplify the actual functioning or presentation of the individual. They do help when a quick abbreviation is needed. ...Read more

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What is social profile of person with hearing impairment?

What is social profile of person with hearing impairment?

It varies: Severity of hearing deficit may vary depending on the condition. Worst of all elderly sustain nerve damage which may result in severe hearing loss resulting in stressful social life. ...Read more

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How typical is it for people with severe cerebral palsy and no mental impairments to be incontinent?

How typical is it for people with severe cerebral palsy and no mental impairments to be incontinent?

Very Common: Severe Cerebral Palsy leads to problems with both urination and stooling; these are more pronounced in those who are wheelchair bound. Urinary incontinence may be a sign of urinary tract infection. Incontinence of stool can often be a sign of severe constipation where liquid/diarrhea stools are passed around a hard stool ball in the last part of the intestine. Visit your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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What is cortical vision impairment (cvi)?

What is cortical vision impairment (cvi)?

Pbm in brain not eye: The term cortical vision impairment implys that there is a problem with the brain cortex (outer cell layer) that interprets the imput of the eye and visual nerve inputs.This is similar to having a good video camera, cables and system but the no screen to display the input in a way you can understand it. ...Read more

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What can cause cognitive impairment?

Alzheimers: Age is the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment, and as the Baby Boomer generation passes age 65, the number of people living with cognitive impairment is expected to jump dramatically. An estimated 5.1 million. Americans aged 65 years or older may currently have Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known formof cognitive impairment; this number may rise to13.2 mill in 2025. ...Read more

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Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Many reasons: Mild cognitive impairment is often the initial manifestation of Alzheimer's but cognitive problems can be seen with vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, HIV and syphilis infections, and medication adverse effects. Alcohol and recreational drugs can also do this. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment?

Memory and thought: Mild cognitive impairment is difficulty in memory and ability to carry out thought processes- and although it's mild, there's can be some confusion involved. It's difficult to lay down new memories with cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment or early dementia?

MCI: The most important point is that mci does not always progress to alzheimer's. On exam, a good psychiatrist or psychologist can pick up subtle changes in cognition. But does not rise to the level of dementia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between mild cognitive impairment and alzheimer's?

MCI-memory loss only: In dementia, not only memory, but also judgment, language, and other aspects are impaired. Mild cognitive impairment (mci) is a mild worsening of memory without those other changes. Mci may or may not progress to dementia. With my patients, i look for reversible causes, do baseline memory testing and repeat a year later. Slow eeg or prolonged cognitive evoked potential may signal pre-dementia. ...Read more

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Official website for mild cognitive impairment?

There is none: Dementia-related groups such as the alzheimer's association, huntington's disease association and many others deal with various degrees of cognitive impairment. There is no "official website". ...Read more

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Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Explanation: "dementia" is a functional term. It refers to a person who has not been independent in activities of daily living (adls) for at least 3 consecutive months. Dementia has numerous possible causes (eg alzheimer's). Mci = unequivocal loss of faculties: memory, thinking, reasoning, insight, judgment, task completion, apraxia, etc without being as functionally impaired as a demented person. ...Read more

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I have had mild cognitive impairment for months , and now spiked a fever (however cheap themometer say temp is 96). are the two symptoms related ?

I have had mild cognitive impairment for months , and now spiked a fever (however cheap themometer say temp is 96). are the two symptoms related ?

Unlikely: If you do not have a reliable thermometer, then you cannot say that you've spiked a fever. Mild cognitive impairment, unless due to an abscess, encephalitis, or meningitis, is not likely to be related to an elevated body temperature. See your physician if your symptoms persist or get worse. You might be referred to a neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mildcognitiveimpairment.html ...Read more

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Do anticholinergic medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have a link with mild cognitive impairment?

No: Unlikely; Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has drowsy effects, but clears out after few hours. Interestingly can cause paradoxical stimulation as a side effect. A chronic mild cognitive impairment could be something else. ...Read more

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Has anyone here had experience with mild cognitive impairment (mci) patient and does it progress to Alzheimer's or not?

A few extra points.: Mci is the first indication of a cognitive problem, and usually involves an only memory the amnestic mci pt can get alzheimer's about 90% in 10 yrs, but 10% stay ok. If the mci involves organizational skills, or awareness, or includes hallucinations, this group may develop parkinson's or frontotemporal dementia. Many doctors might use meds on mci pts early protectively. ...Read more

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How do I help my mom who is showing signs of depression or mild cognitive impairment?

How do I help my mom who is showing signs of depression or mild cognitive impairment?

Treatment: Help her to see her family doctor and accompany her to the appointment so the doctor knows your concerns. He/she can work to differentiate cognitive changes related to depression from those of early dementia (though some have both) your mother's physician can then make the appropriate referral for treatment if indicated. ...Read more

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What is cognitive impairment? New term for mild dementia?

Cognitive impairment: Is a description of something going wrong in the brain, so no it is not a substitute for mild dementia. It just says that the infection or fever or depression or blood sugar or any number of other things is impairing a person's cognition. ...Read more

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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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What sort of disease is cognitive impairment?

Typically neurodegen: (amnestic) mild cognitive impairment (mcia) is a clinical term used to describe a phase of life that falls between pre symptomatic (have illness but no symptoms at all) and mild dementia due to alzheimer's disease. The person is forgetful and their memory recall tests between normal and frankly abnormal and they remain independent in their activities of daily living. It can progress o 1-9 years. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my cognitive impairment at 60?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Lots of reasons: Cognitive impairment is due to many issues, chief of which is poor health. This can be manifest by poor nutrition & lack of exercise. Smoking, excess alcohol consumption & illicit substance use increase risk. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol & heart disease are all associated w/cognitive impairment. Infections & some medications can push some over the line if their health is iffy. ...Read more

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Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

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Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

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 more

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Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

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

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How do doctors assess for cognitive impairment?

Testing: Typically they ask the person thinking questions and gauge their ability to respond. Subtract 7 from 100 and keep going. Perform a memory test of three item recall. Draw the face of a clock with the time saying 7:25 or some other "none even" time. There are other more specialized test that can be done, typically by psychologists. ...Read more

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How do I deal with cognitive impairment if diabetes?

How do I deal with cognitive impairment if diabetes?

Control: Control your blood sugar. Avoid the extremes (high and especially low blood sugar). Control other risk factors: blood pressure, cholesterol. Maintain healthy diet and exercise regularly. Do activities that stimulate your brain. See your physician for more individualized advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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When doctors say cognitive impairment, what do they mean?

Difficulty thinking: Cognitive impairment refers to difficulties with thought process, including mental retardation or dementias. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment can reduce the persons executive function?

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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

Slow Thinking (Definition)

Slow thinking = cognitive slowing - may occur ...Read more


Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Cognitive Impairment (Definition)

An inability to ...Read more