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Could be: Sometimes individuals present with different symptoms or patterns to the disorder that may result in professionals referring to the presentation as "atypical" for example while all individuals with Bipolar Disorder have a cycle, "rapid cycling" is an atypical presentation of the disorder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Brain disorders both: one does not cause the other but they can co-exist, or if you have one you could have symptoms that resemble the other. For instance, patient with end stage dementia could have psychosis, but it is not schizophrenia. Likewise, a person with schizophrenia could have trouble remembering things, resembling dementia. ...Read more
Can melancholic depression change into atypical depression? What features make a depression an atypical one?
Several : The parkinson's patient will have tremors, stiffness, and gait issues, not seen in alzheimer's. Parkinson's dementia pts may have a rem sleep disorder, florid hallucinations, fluctuating levels of communication, and memory loss which can be helped by cueing. Alzheimer's pts reverse sleep/waking, get worse during the day, cannot incorporate memory items, and lose ability to learn new tasks. ...Read more
NUMEROUS: Most unusual would be in people in your age group and younger. Virtually, any neurological dysfunction could be associated with small cerebral infarct. In elderly, cognitive loss thought secondary to alzheimer's could be due to multiple lacunar strokes. A presentation of epilepsy in older folks often due to a stoke. Very complex area, best sources for more info, am heart assoc, and stroke ass. ...Read more
Yes to some degree: 60% of all pts with Alzheimer's Disease have first degree relative (often a parent) that had AD. There are genetic tests one called ApoE4 which can indicate you are low, medium or high risk in your life to develop this illness. I do not recommend such testing as there are no proven treatments that can slow or prevent Alzheimer's Disease from developing. Stay active mentally and physically! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They are the same: It used to be thought that alzheimers only happened to young people-what we now call early onset alzheimers dementia. It was also thought that getting senile happened to all older adults. We now know senility and dementia are not normal aging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Without knowing : Your grandparent, i can't say. All dementias are neurodegenerative illnesses in one way or another. And, yes, depression in older patients can present with memory problems. Have your grandparent evaluated by a geriatric psychiatrist to help you figure this out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Schizophrenia &: Bipolar disorder are completely different disorders. Bipolar is a mood disorder with periods of depression & mania (excessive exuberance & unproductive energy). Schizophrenia is a thought disorder primarily including hallucinations, delusions & disorganized thinking & speech. Schizophrenia can include flat emotions, inability to experience pleasure & lack of motivation similar to depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which is better typical or atypical antipsychotics for aggression and agitation associated with epilepsy?
Response: Your question is somewhat generic. Would prefer to use the newer atypical antipsychotics due to less adverse effects and lower incidence of tardive dyskinesia, but am concerned with behavioral events that can accompany complex partial seizures. The latter likely needs better control, but cannot advise further, as you do not provide a medication list. ?Better as Concierge visit? ...Read more
Not progressive: Epilepsy is the term we use for recurrent seizures which are not caused by tumor or degenerative brain diseases. Although epilepsy may begin at any age, it usually does not worsen or cause increasing problems over time. However, a prolonged seizure can do permanent harm, so it is important to work closely with a neurologist to keep seizures well-controlled on meds which aren't causing side effects. ...Read more
Possibly less: I would first ask if Alzheimer's (DAT) is the correct diagnosis. DAT is not always the correct diagnosis in cases of neurocognitive disorders (dementia). Other conditions also cause trouble with memory and thinking in advanced age and are often missed. If DAT is the correct diagnosis, Aricept (donepezil) helps slow the functional decline but not the actual disease process. New medicines are in development. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are 3 types: Named for the brain areas that are affected, the frontal and temporal lobes, there are several different variants of this type of dementia. Some of these types of dementia have prominent problems with words - either slowly losing the ability to speak or losing the ability to makes sense when one talks. There is an impulsive, disinhibited personality variant also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer