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Why Cognitive Development Is Important
6 month-old sleeps max. Of 7 hrs/night, & takes no naps (literally, none) during day. Is this sufficient sleep for healthy cognitive development?
In pediatrics, we follow infants-toddlers for delayed milestones and one of those is the cognition being within normal limits. If not walking and talking at the appropriate time, i.e. 18 months, this is delayed and
hearing and other evaluations may be done. If adults acquire cognition delays, i.e. memory, brain function,
dementia or other issue should be ruled out. ...Read more
Can you tell me how can the environment of traditional neonatal intensive care units (nicus) influence preterm babies cognitive, and social development?
NICUs and developmen: The noisy and painful experiences in nicus of the past appeared to affect babies development. Added to that, the lack of parental contact has been shown to be detrimental. Modern, progressive nicus encourage parents to participate in their baby's care or provide surrogates (cuddlers). They cluster care to minimize interruption of babies' natural cycles. They decrease noise and other stimuli. ...Read more
Likely blood flow.: Daily physical activity helps the blood flow better. This means blood flows to the brain better, and makes it work better, unless there are complications, like brain diseases. It also relieves tension, and helps sleep since it makes a person tired after activity. This, and a balanced diet, and enough sleep can make a person feel invigorated and very alert. ...Read more
12 month milestone: Developmentally: babies at 12 mo. Will call mom mama and dad dada, and maybe one more word. Some are walking but most are crawling cruising and pulling up to stand. Waving clapping and pincer grasp. ...Read more
Yes, but it is rare: It is possible to have cognitive side effects from dbs surgery. Some of this could come from a stroke or bleed (both of which are rare). There have been cases, particularly in parkinson disease when leads were implanted in the subthalamic nucleus, where patients have had psychosis. Fortunately these types of side effects are usually quite rare. ...Read more
What could be the result I might feel after a cognitive behavioral therapy if I have social anxiety and low self confidence?
Are my reduced cognitive & memory function & personality/behavioral changes a result of the brain surgery I had due to cerebral trauma?
Discuss w/ provider: We can not begin to know what your changes are or anything about the surgery or even the trauma. The best people to answer your concerns - who owe a clear full explanation to you - are the physicians who worked on you. They'll be able to direct you toward the best follow-up treatment services too. I hope you have as close to full recovery as possible. Best! ...Read more
I have a ANA positive result and elevated ESR 7 months ago along with joint pain/swelling that gradually gets worse, fatigue, cognitive issues. Normal CRP and CCP. No other reccomendations from Rheumatologist.?
More tests: Joint swelling and an elevated ESR indicate that you have joint inflammation, not just joint pain. This makes it suspicious for seronegative RA (rheumatoid arthritis with negative RF, negative CCP) or a disease in the lupus family. The ANA is not as helpful as you might think as it is positive in many conditions. However, you need DNA, ENA, complement testing now for diagnosis. You also need Rx. ...Read more
Medical neuropsych: Important to get both competent medical or neurological workup to rule out medical or treatable disease and neuropsychological testing which is often more sensitive to early detenction of cognitive difficulties. Early detection allows for better treatment choices of underlying causes or even in some cases medications to slow down progression. As always good assessment begets good treatment. ...Read more
Online cognitive: Gosh, never heard of such a combination? Cognitive test makes sense, but be wary of online tests. In most states psychological testing must be done by a licensed psychologist, and this provides legal confidentiality. For general discussion see http://cpancf. Com/articles_files/internetpsychotherapyethics. Asp. ...Read more
Numerous causes: There are numerous possible causes for changes in cognitive status. A few are: medications, head trauma, sleep apnea, lack of sleep, illegal drug use, stroke, alzheimer's disease, kidney disease, liver disease, brain tumor. The list goes on and on. If you think you are having a problem with cognitive function you need to speak to your doctor about this so that they can diagnose your situation. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type and severity of the disability. A thorough assessment and prompt intervention, accompanied by parent skill training optimizes the outcome. ...Read more
Occasionally...: If tired or hungry, a snack of strawberries can help one perk up and finish homework, paperwork, or computer work. If a third-grader is procrastinating about his math, an offer of strawberries can get his brain motivated. Of course, it only works if used once in a while. ...Read more
'Cogs' In A Wheel: Have you ever sat for a test thinking either your future life depended on it-or-you didn't give a ____? Were you good at test-taking? Could you focus your thoughts longer than a scene in 'Ren and Stimpy? 'Were you raised with a golden slide rule in your mouth or holes in your shoes? Were you raised to study or to raise Hell? Anyways, Bottom line is if you're smart & disciplined you have 1/2 a chance. ...Read more
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
Dementia: First, he should have a medical workup to determine the cause of the decline. For patients with dementia, there are many geriatric day programs (essentially adult day care) available or you could consider the possibility of a sitter. Less palatable options are assisted living or nursing facilities. A good source of information can be your local alzheimers association. ...Read more
Optimal health...: Is good for your brain too! There are a number of healthy habits that can help you improve cognitive function. 1) regular Physical Activity 2) Openness to new challenging experiences 3) Curiosity and Creativity 4) maintain social connections 5) Mindfulness Meditation 6) Brain-Training Games 7) Get Enough Sleep 8) Reduce Chronic Stress. Have fun implementing these into your life! ...Read more
May help: Especially if you are suffering from depressive disorder or anxiety. But if not, it is hard to say. In any case, unless you are suffering from recent impairment of cognition due to depression or anxiety, degree of improvement will not be dramatic. For people who are not suffering from mental illness, I don't think any antidepressant will help. ...Read more
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
Meditation Practice: Here is a study (http://bit. Ly/tmwfop) done at upenn showing encouraging results in the use of a daily meditation practice as a way to prevent memory & cognitive deterioration. Also, avoid relying on your gps, iphone, google, wiki etc.= to get immediate answers to your questions. For example, use your memory retrieval function to recall stuff, even if it takes longer."use it or lose it" applies here. ...Read more
Analogy Bytes: U know how some programmers don't care abt computer hardware whereas those who build hardware can't ignore how programs run on the hardware? Well, cognitive neuropsychs seek 2 understand how all that thinking stuff is actually programmed in the brain -what systems of the brain & structures give us memory, language, speech, judgment. Cog psychs focus on what bits of code brain needs 2 do all that! ...Read more
There is a lot of: Research available on cognitive behavioral therapy and its effectiveness. The symptoms you have can help determine the appropriate type of therapy for you. Peace and good health. CBT focuses on changing our habitual thought patterns which result in changes in mood and attitude. ...Read more