As we get older, our bodies begin to change. An entirely natural part of this shift is a slowing down of our brains and a dimished ability to remember and learn new things. However, consistent and increasing occurrences of conditions such as increased memory loss may be a sign of something more serious such as a cognitive disorder.
A Cognitive Disorder is a term used to describe a group of mental health illnesses that impede the brains ability to process, learn, and remember information. Someone who experiences cognition impairment, or has a cognitive disorder may experience difficulties with learning new things, short term memory loss, the diminishing ability to make sound judgements and solve every day problems. They may also experience symptoms such as amnesia, dementia or delirium. As a result, this type of mental health disorder can often be debilitating; making it difficult for individuals to function normally as part of society.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common cognitive disorders with approximately 5.3 million cases confirmed in America. The risk of developing cognitive disorder increases with age, but genetics are also known to play a part. A gene known as APOE-e4 has been linked to the development of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, although not all carriers of this gene will develop the disease. Environmental factors such as nutrition and diet, hormonal imbalances due to pregnancy, and a lack of interaction during early childhood development, are also known to contribute to the development of this disability. Other conditions associated with the development of cognitive disorders include high blood pressure, depression, and sleep apnea.
Identifying the root cause of a cognitive disorder is the first step in beginning the healing process. And, although there is no cure for cognitive impairment, there are various treatment options available to help manage the symptoms and improve cognition. Our team of neurology specialists are experts at identifying these underlying causes, and can help to design a tailored treatment program that fits your unique circumstances.