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Causes Of Pseudodementia
"Faking it?" Not.: "pseudodementia" is not a "faking it" term. It is not a diagnosis either. It describes when someone (usually elderly) is so depressed his or her mental functioning is slowed down to the point s/he appears to have dementia. With good treatment of depression, thinking and memory can improve. So it was not "dementia" at all -- it only seemed to be. ...Read more
Pseudodementia is when a medical condition acts as a chronic memory problem, but is not due to a problem with the brain’s memory system. It is commonly due to depression; often in the elderly. Symptoms are from poor attention and motivation in depression. It differs from dementia as patients are aware of their cognitive problems, tend to say “i don’t know” to ...Read more
Usually Depression: Pseudodementia is when a medical condition acts as a chronic memory problem, but is not due to a problem with the brain’s memory system. It is commonly due to depression; often in the elderly. Symptoms are from poor attention and motivation in depression. It differs from dementia as patients are aware of their cognitive problems, tend to say “i don’t know” to questions, and memory fluctuates. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My uncle is 52 years old and was diagnosed with pseudodementia. What is that? How is it typically treated?
What do you suggest if my uncle is 52 years old , was diagnosed recently with pseudodementia . what is that and how can be treated if at all ?
Depression: Antiquated term. Take him for psychological or psychiatric evaluation for treatment which does exist ...Read more
Antidepressant: Pseudodementia means that you have dementia type symptoms from a non-organic cause. The vast majority of cases are depression, presenting as dementia, and which responds to antidepressants or ect. It is usually more abrupt in onset, and often has a waxing and waning course. ...Read more
What is the best drug (specific ssri) for pseudo dementia (due to depression) in a otherwise healthy 85 y f ?Dose and course?Thanks...
Not possible: It really is not possible within this forum to provide a good answer to your question. The practice of medicine is a very complex matter. This site is not intended to provide specific medical diagnosis and treatment. You should not trust advice from any physician who does not first perform an appropriate and standard evaluation including a physical exam, especially for an 85 year old. Sorry. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a neurologist has diagnosed someone with pseudo dementia and he is being treated with celexa, (citalopram) when should symptoms go away?
85 y old female under pseudo dementia, bed ridden due to knee joint problem, has reduced ensure to 100 ml per day, refusing ng tube, advice what to do?
Geriatric psychiatry: I would suggest having the patient seen by a geriatric psychiatrist, who can differentiate between "pseudodementia, " "dementia, " and "delirium." in the latter, people can become disoriented, confused, and combative from physical medical problems. When these are discovered and treated, mental status generally improves. There are also treatable causes of dementia, if that's her chronic state. ...Read more
BP definition.: The blood pressure is the resistance to blood flow through the body. The higher number is the resistance when the heart pumps, and the lower number is the resistance when the heart relaxes and fills. High BP can lead to problems with the heart, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and brain. 95% of the time, there's no one specific cause perhaps other than genetics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer