Clearing Up Cognitive Impairment

Jamie Tripp Utitus
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Jamie Tripp Utitus

Often referred to as the “forgotten” set of symptoms, cognitive impairment has actually been around for quite some time. It was first cited by Dr. Von Friedrich in 1849, 25 years after the multiple sclerosis’ initial clinical inscription. More than a century later, there was still quite a bit of confusion surrounding what cognitive impairment looks like….until now.

With patients beginning to speak up about how cognitive impairment presents in their lives, both specifically and on a grander scale, people in communities like ours are finally giving cognitive impairment a face. This new-found openness is helping doctors and new patients alike, to better understand what it means to suffer from cognitive impairment symptoms from MS.

Cognitive impairments can affect anything from memory, attention and concentration, information processing, and executive functions like planning and prioritizing, to verbal fluency (forgetting words and names), and visuospatial functions. How do we know that? Thanks to patients like you giving us a closer look at what CI really looks like on a day to day basis.

If you were wondering what our community members have to say about cognition - you know that “thing” we all need our brain to do, in order to process functions like the aforementioned, check out the video below! It’s no small thing and that is why it is so important for patients like you to share not only how cognitive impairment affects your everyday lives, but also what you do to get through it. P.S. - Humor goes a long way!

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