Neurocognitive disorders are a group of conditions that affect mental functions such as memory, thinking and the ability to reason. In some cases decreased mental function may only be temporary while in others the condition may be due to a neurodegenerative disease and may get worse over time. Because mental functioning is paramount to us, if you believe your own mental functioning or that of someone you love may be declining enough to cause worry, you should seek treatment from a medical professional.
What are the related symptoms?
There are nine recognised neurocognitive disorders, ranging from mild to major depending on the severity of the symptoms. Neurocognitive disorders are categorised by a decline in mental functions.
The symptoms may include:
- Decline in the ability to plan
- Decline in ability to make decisions
- Decline in focus
- Difficulty understanding and using language
- Trouble remembering the names of objects and people
- Difficulty performing daily tasks
- Decline in speaking and behaving in socially accepted ways
- Decline in showing empathy
- Decline in hand-eye coordination
What can cause a neurocognitive disorder to develop?