PSYC 3140 Chapter Notes - Chapter 15: Apraxia, Amnesia, Genetic Disorder

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Brain disorders that affect cognitive processes: learning, memory, consciousness. Most cognitive disorders develop much later in life. Once the term organic mental disorders (brain damage or dysfunction was believed to be involved), the term cognitive disorders has been used an impairment of cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, perception and thinking. Incidence of these disorders rises with increasing age, with rates being highest for those aged 65 and older. One of the earliest recognized mental disorders reported more than 2500 years ago. Reduced clarity of consciousness and cognition, with confusion, disorientation, and deficits in memory and language. Appear confused, disorientated and out of touch with their surroundings. Cannot focus and sustain attention on the simplest of tasks. Develops over hours or a few days and the symptoms can vary over the course of a day. Aids patients: dementia, medication, medical illness several weeks. Affects older adults, people undergoing medical procedures, cancer and. Common risk factors for older patients include:

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