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What causes strange behaviour, incoherent speech, disorganized thinking, and amnesia?

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Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018
Question: My friend is periodically acting very strange...not herself..saying strange words..clapping her hands...asking for a blanket while she was in the tub...saying strange things...not remembering when it's happening...what could cause this?
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (12 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Get her evaluated by a neurologist.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I have gone through your question and understand your concern.

There is a possibility of complex partial seizures.

Another possibility is psychiatric illness like delusion or schizophrenia.

You should get her examined and investigated by a doctor at the earliest.

Hope you found the answer helpful. Do get back to me for further information.

Regards,
Dr. Neeraj Kumar
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Neeraj Kumar (2 hours later)
Thank you so much for your quick reply..I so appreciate it! I wanted to add just a bit more information and see if it might change your thoughts a bit... while I consider my friend a good friend.. I have not known her too long (a few years at most).. While I support her and am worried... there are a couple other situational things that i wonder if could be contributing to these strange behaviors... she is 40 years old and VERY tiny... maybe 95lbs.. she has recently begun experimenting with heroin (snorting it I think - as I KNOW she is very terrified of needles)... she is also more tired than most in that she is stressed due to a teenage son and difficult ex-partner...I was thinking this could have a lot to due with the strange behavior too.. am I way off course or could this be a possibility? Your input is so appreciated! Thanks again!
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (22 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Get her a psychiatrist consultation.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

All these factors may affect behaviour. Psychiatrist consultation is required.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Neeraj Kumar
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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What causes strange behaviour, incoherent speech, disorganized thinking, and amnesia?

Brief Answer: Get her evaluated by a neurologist. Detailed Answer: Hello, I have gone through your question and understand your concern. There is a possibility of complex partial seizures. Another possibility is psychiatric illness like delusion or schizophrenia. You should get her examined and investigated by a doctor at the earliest. Hope you found the answer helpful. Do get back to me for further information. Regards, Dr. Neeraj Kumar Neurologist