Memory disorders are disorders of cognition, the ability to reason, remember, make decisions and communicate. Our team has in-depth experience treating a wide variety of memory disorders, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, vascular cognitive impairment, Attention Deficit Disorder, and memory problems associated with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric illnesses.
Memory disorders can be caused by one or more factors, including:
- Psychiatric Disorders
- substance abuse
- heredity (inheriting genes associated with Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s disease)
- narrowing of the arteries that provide blood flow to the brain
- cardiovascular disease
- untreated infectious or metabolic disease
- brain tumors
- vitamin deficiencies.
Some types of memory disorders can appear suddenly, while others may be present years before symptoms become apparent. A skilled healthcare practitioner can help determine whether the progression of a memory disorder can be slowed or even reversed entirely.
Many medical conditions are associated with cognitive decline, the ability to reason, remember, make decisions and communicate. We may confer with a neurologist if there is a clear neurological disorder contributing to your memory problems. We can evaluate your memory symptoms to determine if more extensive medical workup is indicated, whether neuropsychological testing is needed and can recommend both medication and non-medication therapies to stabilize and even improve memory. We can also treat co-existing psychiatric disorders that may contribute to memory problems.