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

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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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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 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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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 the difference between delirium and dementia?

What is the difference between delirium and dementia?

Attention vs memory: Delirium also known as acute confusional state involves difficulty with brain functioning in the context of an acute medical or surgical condition. Attention deficits are the hallmark and other symptoms include hallucinations, confusion, memory impairments and other areas. Dementia involves memory problems, loss of functioning and other brain impairments. It is usually progressive and permanent. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ADHD and dementia?

What is the difference between ADHD and dementia?

Adult ADHD is an: inability to focus on a specific thought or task for very long and includes hyperactivity on the part of the person. Dementia is unrelated and refers to memory loss and confusion and is primarily seen in older people. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dementia and aphasia?

What is the difference between dementia and aphasia?

Ability vs Memory: Aphasia is a problem specifically of language. It is usually caused by damage to specific areas of the brain. The person may be able to understand others and know what they want to say, but are unable to form the words (expressive aphasia) Dementia is primarily a problem of memory. A person may forget a second language or be unable to remember the names for specific objects. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alzeimers and dementia?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What is the difference between alzeimers and dementia?

Alzheimer: Alzheimer is one type of dementia where cognitive deficits are not directly caused by identifyable organic etiology. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia?

What is the difference between the symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia?

Type of dementia : Dementia is a general term which refers to decline in memory severe enough to interfere with activities of daily living and functional status. There are different types of dementia- Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. Clinical symptoms of Alzheimer's get worse over time. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dementia and mania?

Difference: Dementia refers to brain degeneration, such as either Alzheimers (which involves plaques that build up in the brains cells and structures, or dementia because of restricted or otherwise disrupted blood flow to the brain. Mania refers to a neurotransmitter imbalance that markedly elevates mood, occasionally to the point of the sufferer becoming psychotic. ...Read more

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What is the difference between epilepsy and parkinson's?

What is the difference between epilepsy and parkinson's?

Parkinson's disease: Epilepsy is repetitive sudden change in behavior sometimes associated with convulsions, loss of consciousness, and confusion due to abnormal electrical discharge of the brain. Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder due to deficiency of a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine. Is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slowing of the movements, balance difficulties. ...Read more

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What is the difference between presenile dementia and regular dementia?

What is the difference between presenile dementia and regular dementia?

Terminology: A difference in terminology... Presenile dementia referred to a dementia with onset prior to 60-> 65 yrs of age, whereas in dementia the onset was later than 65 years. The etiology of the dementia could be the same, that being a dementia of the alzheimer type, pick's disease, lewy body dementia, vascular dementia or mixed type. Some can be diagnosed by symptoms and imaging, tissue is gold standard. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ADHD and mental retardation?

What is the difference between ADHD and mental retardation?

Learning potential: Mental retardation implies a lower iq or learning potential.Adhd is a condition where the brain has problems controlling distractability, impulsive behavior and organizational skills among other things.The iq is normal generally with adhd. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the brain of someone with Alzheimer's and a normal brain?

What is the difference between the brain of someone with Alzheimer's and a normal brain?

Many differences: There are a number of classic changes found in the brains of someone with Alzheimer's disease. There is a generalized wasting of the brain which can be see on CT Scan. Microscopic examination of autopsied brains, show that many neurons (brain cells) are disarrayed, forming tangles; and there are plagues made of a substance called amyloid. There are also chemical differences, eg. low acetylcholine ...Read more

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

Hallucinations etc: Both Alzheimer's disease (AD) & dementia w/Lewy bodies (DLB) are different types of dementia w/memory loss in common. DLB presents w/hallucinations earlier in its course compared to AD. DLB also has Parkinsonian features such as tremors & stiffness early on while Parkinson's disease presents in reverse. Check out http://www.alz.org/health-care-professionals/differential-diagnosis-lewy-bodies.asp ...Read more

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What is the difference between schizophrenia and a severe depression with psychotic features?

What is the difference between schizophrenia and a severe depression with psychotic features?

Psychosis: Is the common symptom, but the causes and the progression are very different. Depression with psychosis can resolve and may never recur, but schizophrenia is a chronic illness. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism and a mental handicap?

What is the difference between autism and a mental handicap?

Different diagnoses: 35-65% of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - observable deficits in social communication & social reciprocity + stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest - also have intellectual disability (ID) , measured cognitive & adaptive abilities < 70 before age 18. Many Neurodevelopmental Disorders with ID do not have ASD in their Neurobehavioral profile. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between psychosis and parkinsonian symptoms?

What is the relationship between psychosis and parkinsonian symptoms?

Illness and meds: Parkinson's disease iitself, in its demential, doesn't always, but can, involve psychotic symptoms of delusions or halluciinations. But so can some typical medicines for Parkinsonism. The treating doctor can make this judgment. ...Read more

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What's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

What's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

Good question: Dementia is a general term to indicate loss of cognitive function due to a progressive disorder, and includes many diseases, including alzheimer's which is the most common cause of dementia. Senility supposedly refers to cognitive changes of aging, but is a corrupt term, as 50% of the elderly have relatively normal intellect by the age of 85. ...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