Neurocognitive disorders – also known as “organic brain syndrome” – refers to a cognitive condition that can result from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. Although these disorders can technically affect people of any age, many of us begin to encounter them as our loved ones reach their later years. When one’s brain changes and lose its cognitive function, the process can be frightening and frustrating, and those who live with neurocognitive disorders are prone to other mental health struggles like anxiety and depression.
While many of these conditions are degenerative, certain treatments can help patients to both reclaim some cognitive function and cope with their condition emotionally. That’s why Foundation Psychiatry is proud to provide comprehensive organic brain syndrome treatment for patients throughout the Atlanta area.
If you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms of neurological disorders, it’s important to know that treatment is available. If you’re ready to address your symptoms and receive care from the top psychiatrist Atlanta, GA has to offer, call Foundation Psychiatry today.
While neurocognitive disorders (NCDs) can happen for a variety of reasons, the thing that ties them together is that in each of them, nerve cells in the brain have become damaged. Depending on the extent and location of this damage, the way it presents in a patient is various as well. Some neurocognitive disorders don’t have known causes – particularly Alzheimer’s disease – while others have certain causes that can be traced to a single source:
Certain types of dementia have traceable sources of damage to the brain; vascular dementia is caused by damaged blood vessels in the brain, while patients with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia will have protein buildups in the brain.
Endocrine issues and infections can both lead to dementia. This includes multiple sclerosis (MS) and symptoms of certain thyroid diseases.
Traumatic brain injuries can result in brain damage that leads to neurocognitive disorder.
Typical symptoms of NCDs we see at Foundation Psychiatry include:
Depression and anxiety
A loss of concentration
Sudden extreme changes in behavior
Difficulty with balance and mobility
If you’re concerned about cognitive function in yourself or a loved one, talk to them today about receiving help from a licensed psychiatric professional like Dr. Tumeh and his team.
Both as a result of the concurrent mental health struggles that can affect patients with neurocognitive disorders and as a result of the condition itself, people with organic brain disorders often have a depletion or abundance of important neurotransmitters. In many cases, medication is the most effective method available for restoring a patient’s physical and mental equilibrium. Psychopharmacology as provided by the team at Foundation Psychiatry can help patients take control, regulate their emotions and behavior, and feel more like themselves.
An experienced psychopharmacologist like Dr. Tumeh will be able to prescribe a medication that will work best for your unique circumstances. Factors like the nature of your condition, current medications you’re taking, and genetics will be taken into consideration so that you can receive a customized treatment plan.
The answer to this question is highly variant depending on a number of factors, including the nature of the patient’s disorder, the patient’s age, and other medical and lifestyle factors about each individual person who is affected. However, in some cases, medication and therapy can allow patients to regain cognitive function that has been lost, and it can certainly help patients maintain function that may be lost without treatment.
Absolutely. Part of the comprehensive approach we take at Foundation Psychiatry includes supporting family members of each patient who receives treatment from us. We can provide therapy for family members, and assist as much as we can in the process of obtaining and staying on schedule for any necessary medications.
While the cost and copay of you or your loved one’s medication will depend on your prescription and your insurance provider, most providers do cover generic versions of common Alzheimer’s and dementia prescriptions. If you have concerns about your coverage, reach out to our team, and we’ll discuss your options with you.
At Foundation Psychiatry, accessible mental health care is an important part of our mission. That’s why we make it simple to schedule an appointment with us. Just use our online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you, and we’ll reach out to finalize your appointment as quickly as possible.