Personality and mood disorders often present in superficial siderosis patient when there is cerebellar degeneration  present.  New studies have shown the cerebellum plays a critical role in mood function. Depression, anxiety and irritability symptoms are all intensified. Depression in turn will elevate pain levels, magnify cognitive difficulties and be responsible for a general feeling of melancholy. Your yearly plan-of-care should include screening for depression. Therapy sessions with a psychiatrist or psychologist will help control feelings…

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Mild Cognitive Impairment

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Mild Cognitive Impairment is when a person experiences a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills. These changes are noticeable to the person affected and to family members and friends but will not affect your ability to carry out everyday activities. Depression may amplify cognitive problems. SS patients who have a diagnosis of cerebellar atrophy may experience episodes of impaired recall of new facts, difficulty with planning, organizing…

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Short Term Memory Loss

Short-term memory problems can have an organic root in Superficial Siderosis patients. Personality and mood disorders, such as increased irritability, anxiety, and depression are more common in people with cerebellar degeneration. Neuropsychologists suggest stressors from depression may exacerbate memory problems. Memory is one of the higher-brain functions. A person suffering from major depression may have trouble initiating tasks, making decisions, planning future actions, or organizing thoughts. Studies have also shown that cortisol contributes to memory loss,…

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