Cognitive Disorders & Deficits
Cognition describes the brain's ability to think, to process, to store information, and to solve problems. A cognitive disorder is a condition where cognitive functioning becomes limited for one reason or another. Cognitive disorders originate from interruptions in basic cognitive functions like memory processing, perception, problem-solving, and language development. They range in character from amnesia, dementia, and delirium to mental retardation, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Certain psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and delusion disorder are also classified as cognitive mental disorders, as they affect memory, attention, and other areas.
Some symptoms that are indicative of a cognitive disorder include:
- Memory Loss
- Impaired or Disorganized Speech
- Impaired Motor Skills
- Hallucinations or Delusions
How Cognitive Disorders Affect Daily Life
People with impaired brain function are likely to forget deadlines and assignments, creating a reputation for being undependable. Even when people understand that your condition is not your fault, your cognitive disorder will keep you from consideration for promotion or other workplace opportunities.
If you make a living in a high-risk environment, then your cognitive impairment may make you a dangerous liability to yourself and others—in the end, you could lose your job or have to take a lower-paying position.
Cognitive disorders also affect your relationships. Your ability to comprehend and respond to conversations is more difficult—everyone seems to be speaking and drawing conclusions faster than you, making you feel dumber and eroding your confidence. Your ability to form deep connections depends on communication, which is harder for people with cognition deficits. This creates a significant decrease in your quality of life.
Treatment for Cognition Problems
When an individual is suffering from a cognitive disorder, his or her memory, concentration, and judgment are usually severely impaired. Depending on the underlying cause of the problem (i.e. traumatic injury, depression, conditions present at birth, illness, or other mitigating factors) cognitive disorders can be treated situationally or with medication. Some treatment centers offer cutting-edge therapies to improve cognition, but treatment like this is costly.
Depending on the underlying cause of the condition, some patients experience full recoveries, while others will remain permanently impaired. However, adaptive treatments can help patients cope.
Cognitive disorders negatively impact the daily lives of those who suffer from the condition and those individuals charged with providing their care. If you or a loved one was born with or developed a cognitive disorder as a result of the negligent behavior of another, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact Arnold & Itkin today online or call (888) 493-1629 and a member of our team will provide you with a free and confidential consultation. Get the treatment and care you need to rebuild your life.