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Dementia Symptoms in an 18 Year Old Male

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  • Posted By: diagnosemeplease
  • April 6, 2009
  • 10:53 PM

About two years ago, I began having trouble comprehending complex ideas. I was reading a Wired article about Einstein and even though the article dumbed down his concepts, I had trouble fully grasping them.
Shortly after that, I was with my brother who was playing guitar hero and he said "I think that song is too ridiculous for me." I could not understand what the word ridiculous meant. I had to think about it for several minutes and eventually came up with a visual representation of what "ridiculous" meant in that context.
Over the past two years, the loss of meaning of words has continued and the only way I can comprehend them is through visualizing. For example, I recently lost the ability to understand "not". To understand "not" doing something, I have to visualize "doing" something and then visualize sitting around doing nothing to represent "not" doing something.
I also have been increasingly tired and have had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I wake up with a lot of anxiety and sometimes in the morning I will wake up feeling almost brain dead.
I have had blood tests (they did not cover everything) that came back normal and a ct scan that came back normal. I also have a burning sensation in my face and ears.

Thank you for any input!

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  • hi,I am 22 year old now ..i had a memory impairment problem ...it all started when i was 16..i began forgetting names of my classmates to start with then it happened that i began forgetting common roads which i used very often...i still remember that i used to put my clothes in the dustbin ..instead of in a washing machine..it happened quite a few times..everybody took it lightly..considering it to be my absent mindedness and negligence...but finally i convinced my family to see me a doctor...I consulted a neurologist here in INDIA HE SUGGESTED SOME TESTS AND CT VIT B12 ASSAY...finally it came out that a had very low levels of vitamin b12 in my blood....i was advised to take vit b12 thropugh injectiions.....NOW I AM 22 BUT THE PROLEM STILL PERSISTS...I SUGGEST YOU TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT TESTING YOUR VIT B12& ALSO GET YOURSELF TESTED FOR HIV....
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