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11 Jul 2005

cognitive impairment

Please can someone out thier tell me what cognitive impairment means ? i have a friend that has been but on pension due to this and he does not really undesatnd himself he has bipolar disorder and i think he getting Schizo he thinks everyone is against hime at the moment
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01 Jan 0001

Cognitive Impairment, strictly, means impairment ( damage, reduced function ) of Cognition ( one's thinking and reasoning abilities. Bipolr disorder might have such an impact, as could perhaps in an older person, a schizo-afefctive disorder, which is like a late-onset illness like schizophrenia with depression, or a person with depression who may become a bit paranoid. Generally, one would expect with all of these condtions, that effective treatment would clear up any cognitive impairment. In an older person, there could be a degree of cognitive impairment due to senile dementia, or, at a younger age, perhaps early Alzheimer's Disorder.
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