August 08, 2013

Adapting to Changes in Cognitive Function

Many diseases, such as lupus, affect cognitive function.  Anything that limits your ability to think clearly, reason, or remember something is a cognitive symptom.  This can involve--trouble concentrating, inability to multitask, poor memory, difficulty finding the right word, slower processing or problem solving.  Those faced with these changes can cope.

Develop A Plan 

A neuropsychological evaluation assesses every part of brain function and identifies strengths and weaknesses.  That's way, each individual can develop a mechanism for adapting.  Here are some ways, recommended by both experts and patients:
  • assume you will succeed in your plans
  • write down everything you have to do
  • take whatever time is necessary to accomplish things and schedule yourself accordingly
  • create a way to signal yourself (something you can see) for things to be done, for things finished
  • do one thing at a time

Developing skills to work around cognitive difficulties can be both work and fun, and contribute to self acceptance and self esteem.


Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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