The cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder generally effect a person's ability to process and understand ideas. Direct memory loss can be a part of it but its usually more complex. Do you have trouble tracking conversations only or do you have memory loss in other areas? Dementia can be a symptom of schizophrenia but this is rare and generally a clinically seperate diagnosis. Some medications, however as a temporary side effect can cause memory loss. A person's response to a medication can change over time. Try to think back to when this first started and if any other symptoms have worsened over time as well and what else has changed and then discuss this with your psychiatrist.
I'm not sure how my memory is functioning in areas such as procedural thinking and whatnot. I seem to be able to play the keyboard just fine for example. drifter, I read online some people with schizophrenia never have memory problems but some do and they aren't sure if the medication or the illness caused it. I just can't remember the time and place of events sometimes or can't even remember what I had for dinner an hour ago or can't remember the last thing said in a conversation as I stated. It's not all the time, it's like my ability to remember comes and goes and sometimes it's totally wrong as in I can remember things that never happened and can't remember things that did happen. I think sometimes I am aware when my memory isn't going to function later and it sort of feels like I'm in a fog at the time but at the time I have no insight into it occurring.
I've had the disorder since I was a child and have nearly all the things working against me in terms of signs of a better prognosis... I'm only 26, do you think I could actually have dementia from a schizophrenic related disorder that young? What causes schizophrenia disorders to cause dementia?
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