Poor Judgment

Poor judgement is an impairment in the psychological recognition of normal everyday activity, which is caused by outside influences and substances altering the way the brain perceives things through the various sensory organs. It can be a result of illness or substance abuse.

Judgement and insight are vital parts of everyday life. While insight is the ability of a person to gain an accurate and deep understanding of an object or someone, a mentally ill person has a wide gap between their awareness regarding their own mental state and the behaviours they exhibit. In other words, the thoughts of someone suffering from poor judgement do not match up with reality.

Statistics have shown that about 50% of people suffering from judgement issues do not believe that they suffer any impairment, or that they are sick. Poor judgement can be a result of addiction or substance abuse, as drugs often alter the chemical composition of the brain, leading to brain damage in most cases.

The Signs of Poor Judgement

  • Difficulty completing daily tasks
  • Asking the same question over and over
  • Inability to differentiate between what is right and wrong
  • Hallucination
  • Behavioural and personality changes
  • Misplacing objects
  • Loss of memory
  • Getting lost in a familiar environment
  • Loss of initiative/apathy
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Strange clothing styles/mismatched clothes
  • Seeing no value in what others do
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When to Call a Doctor?

Poor judgement can be a result of many factors other than addiction. However, after noticing any of the previous signs you should call a doctor immediately. The signs above might have developed a result of even schizophrenia or dementia. Please, note that when someone becomes addicted to a substance, they tend to lose focus on anything real, and the addiction becomes their primary reality. This could lead to depression, self-isolation, sudden aggression, mood swings, and poor, or reduced, communication skills.

Seeking the help of a doctor would help determine the underlying cause of such signs and symptoms. Avoid self-medication until you are diagnosed. If you have a loved one suffering from poor judgement, take them to the doctor at the earliest stage, when you first start noticing a problem They might not admit that they need medical assistance, as many mentally-impaired people will never agree they are sick.

The doctor will ask a question about the medical history of the person, how long the impairment has been going on, the frequency of its symptoms, age of the person, and current medication the person is taking. Get immediate help if you start noticing any of the following:

  • The person starts dressing awkwardly more often
  • They cannot complete simple daily tasks that they had been doing previously
  • Getting lost in familiar environments, or forgetting where they keep their belongings
  • They are easily confused
  • Seeing the world in a warped or distorted way, or showing signs of hallucinations
  • Having frequent nightmares, and discussions with people who are not there

Hallucinations can lead to poor judgement as a result of substance abuse. Get help immediately if you, or your loved one, is suffering from poor judgment related to basic life activities.

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