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    Cognitive Impairment

    Cognitive impairment occurs when there is a problem with perceiving, thinking, or remembering. Strokes are a common cause of cognitive impairment. Other causes include head injuries and some chronic diseases, such as sickle cell disease or multiple sclerosis.

    Cognitive impairment may cause difficulties with:

    • Memory, especially short-term memory.
    • Problem solving.
    • Attention span, especially in a mental task such as a math calculation.
    • Expressing oneself, such as finding the right words to use in a conversation.

    Therapy may help a person make the most of his or her abilities.

    Current as of: November 20, 2015

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Myron F. Weiner, MD - Psychiatry, Neurology

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