Neurocognitive Disorders

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SpotLyte Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health & Therapy Services located in Downingtown, PA

Neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease cause a gradual decline in your ability to think and remember clearly. If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of dementia, SpotLyte Behavioral Health can help. At their office in Downingtown, the skilled team members offer a range of therapies to help dementia patients and their caregivers manage cognitive decline. To find out more, call the SpotLyte Behavioral Health office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Neurocognitive Disorders Q & A

What are neurocognitive disorders?

Neurocognitive disorders are diseases other than psychiatric disorders that affect your mental function and cause cognitive decline, very often resulting in dementia.

There are many types of neurocognitive disorders. They may be due to diverse causes such as traumatic brain injuries, lack of oxygen in your blood, or infections, but some of the most common neurocognitive disorders are a symptom of degenerative conditions like:

Alzheimer's disease

Up to 80% of people with dementia have Alzheimer's disease, affecting around 5½ million people in the United States.

Dementia with Lewy bodies

Lewy bodies are protein collections that form inside your nerve cells, preventing them from functioning as they should.

Frontotemporal dementia

Frontotemporal dementia results from a loss of nerve cells.

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a motor system disorder, causing distinctive trembling that starts in the hands.

What are the symptoms of neurocognitive disorders?

The symptoms of neurocognitive disorders vary depending on your condition but may include:

  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Behavioral changes
  • Tremors
  • Mood changes
  • Slurred speech
  • Problems with coordination
  • Delirium (severe, short-term brain function loss)

Dementia is the long-term loss of brain function. People with dementia typically struggle to remember recent conversations, events, and names. They may neglect to take their medication and forget where they live or when they need to eat and drink.

Over time, communication gets more difficult, and memory continues to decline. Disorientation, confusion, and frustration can set in, and sometimes anger. Patients may eventually be unable to recognize loved ones and lose the ability to walk or swallow.

What treatments are available for neurocognitive disorders?

The treatment you require for a neurocognitive disorder depends on what's causing your condition. A few of these types of conditions are short-term, curable problems. Most, though, including the degenerative causes of neurocognitive disorders, have no cure.

Medications can delay the progress of some degenerative neurocognitive disorders, especially when you start taking them early on. Most patients also benefit from rehabilitation and support to help them manage activities they're struggling with due to the loss of brain function.

How does therapy help with neurocognitive disorders?

The SpotLyte Behavioral Health team has experts in behavioral therapy who can help patients suffering from neurocognitive disorders, particularly dementia. Their techniques can improve the management of difficult behaviors and provide caregivers with invaluable support and advice.

The experienced therapists also help with problems like memory loss and low mood, and they often use stimulating approaches such as art or music therapy.

If you have concerns relating to neurocognitive disorders, let the SpotLyte Behavioral Health team give you the advice and support you need. Call their office or book an appointment online today.