Cognitive Disorder1

Cognitive Disorder1 - Cognitive Disorders By Ryan Neff and...

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Cognitive Disorders By Ryan Neff and Erin Semple Definition Cognitive disorders involve the impairment of cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, perception, and thinking. Disorders Delirium Dementia Amnestic Disorder Delirium Defined by impaired cognition over a short time period Symptoms: confusion, disorientation, difficulty focusing, short attention span, problems with language and memory Most prevalent among the elderly, cancer patients, people going through medical procedures, people with AIDS Causes: medical conditions, drug intoxication/poison/withdrawal, infections, trauma Treatment: Antipsychotic medications or appropriate medical intervention, psychosocial interventions to help deal with agitation and anxiety Dementia Defined as the gradual deterioration of brain functioning that affects judgment, memory, language, and other advanced processes Most common in elderly but can occur at any age Causes: infectious diseases, toxins or poisons, head injuries, stroke, diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, drug abuse, and culture Treatment involves targeting associated symptoms. Cannot reverse symptoms but may slow them down. Cognitive stimulation seems to be effective.
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2011 for the course PSY 242.H taught by Professor Dr.spangler during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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