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What is cognitive impairment? New term for mild dementia?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: It's a spectrum

Any reduction of reasoning (logic, judgement, memory, speech, executive function, etc.
) whether transient or permanent is cognitive impairment. Causes are quite varied--sleep deprivation, low cardiac output, alzheimer's disease, substance abuse, psychosis, brain injury, tumors, epilepsy, prescription meds. Dementia implies irreversible cognitive impairment of long-standing whether mild or worse.

In brief: It's a spectrum

Any reduction of reasoning (logic, judgement, memory, speech, executive function, etc.
) whether transient or permanent is cognitive impairment. Causes are quite varied--sleep deprivation, low cardiac output, alzheimer's disease, substance abuse, psychosis, brain injury, tumors, epilepsy, prescription meds. Dementia implies irreversible cognitive impairment of long-standing whether mild or worse.
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Dr. Bradley Axelrod
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Thinking problems

"cognitive" is a fancy word for "thinking".
Cognitive impairment refers to any difficulty that one might have in thinking or processing. The problem can be acquired (like a brain injury) or developmental (mental retardation) or progressive (dementia). Neuropsychologists will speak of different types of cognition that is impaired (e.g., intelligence, memory, academic skills, etc).

In brief: Thinking problems

"cognitive" is a fancy word for "thinking".
Cognitive impairment refers to any difficulty that one might have in thinking or processing. The problem can be acquired (like a brain injury) or developmental (mental retardation) or progressive (dementia). Neuropsychologists will speak of different types of cognition that is impaired (e.g., intelligence, memory, academic skills, etc).
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