What is the difference between Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment?
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a condition that is usually associated with age. Specifically, our capacity to remember things worsens as we age and as our memory declines. MCI occurs when we start to lose larger parts of our memory and forget things we shouldn’t be forgetting more often. MCI is the onset and worsening of cognitive impairments (such as memory, language, thinking, and judgment) beyond those expected based on your age and education. Though it may appear these are symptoms of Dementia (an overall term that describes a wide range of memory loss symptoms), MCI is much less extreme because it typically is not significant enough to interfere with your daily functioning or activities. Researchers are currently looking to link the two disorders together and understand each disease.
Memory Loss Symptoms
It is possible that others may notice a difference even when you may not. If others do seem to be concerned, it may be time to get an evaluation and make sure these are not just typical memory losses that develop with aging.
Symptoms can include:
– forgetting things more often
– losing your train of thought more easily than normal
– forgetting important events that you should easily remember
– feeling increasingly overwhelmed with instructions or the steps of tasks
– finding yourself lost in places you should be familiar with
– making poor judgments
– feeling impulsive
– any other noticeable changes in your behavior
Advanced Mental Health Care Can Help
If you or your loved ones have concerns, it may be time to schedule an appointment. At Advanced Mental Health Care, we understand. Our trained Psychologists and Psychiatrists are here to help and can determine if you may be experiencing MCI. Bringing a friend or family member with you is helpful, as they can provide additional information. We want to help you get on with the business of living and enjoying your life. We want to help you understand what is causing your difficulty in functioning.
We also are currently conducting an FDA clinical trial for patients suffering from MCI using a therapy called deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS). Patients can also be evaluated to see if they are appropriate to receive this therapy at our Juno Beach office or in our mobile dTMS van.
Please call 561-333-8884 or email Dr. Aron Tendler at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information about this exciting research opportunity.