Cognitive disorders are conditions that affect the brain function such as memory, attention, decision-making and planning.
They are common consequences of many mental disorders, but also as a sign of progressive brain degeneration in such conditions as Alzheimer’s dementia. As cognitive disorders progress, they can develop significant difficulties, including increasing forgetfulness, difficulties caring for themselves, and even secondary symptoms of mood and anxiety problems.
A minority of cognitive disorders are reversible to a degree, and there are some strategies that can be employed to delay the decline in cognitive functioning, including medications, brain stimulation and a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Dr Yu-Tang Shen at Randwick Psychiatry can assist you in assessing symptoms of memory and other cognitive difficulties, and provide suggestions regarding optimising your function and future planning.
If you have concerns that you or someone you know has a mental health condition and that there are serious immediate concerns for that person’s safety, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Emergency help can be accessed through your nearest hospital or by dialling ‘000’ in Australia.