Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dementia Isn't Always to Blame for Fuzzy Thinking

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dementia Isn't Always to Blame for Fuzzy Thinking

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Dear Doctor K: Lately my mind and memory have not been as sharp as usual. Could something other than aging or dementia be to blame?

Dear Reader: Most causes of dementia don't yet have cures. However, there are several underlying conditions that often affect memory and thinking -- conditions that can be cured. And they are often overlooked.

I spoke to my colleague Shreya Raj. She is a neuropsychiatrist with the Center for Brain/Mind Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. We discussed several common and treatable underlying conditions that can impair thinking skills:

- Medication side effects. Several common medications can affect thinking. Over-the-counter examples include oxybutynin (Ditropan) for incontinence and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergies. …

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