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Causes Of Pseudodementia
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
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
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
"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
My uncle is 52 years old and was diagnosed with pseudodementia. What is that? How is it typically treated?
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...
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
If a neurologist has diagnosed someone with pseudo dementia and he is being treated with celexa, when should symptoms go away?
Many conditions: Many diseases and injuries cause short term memory loss. Head injury is one of the most common causes in young people, while dementia is one of the most common causes in older adults. Other causes include tumors, medication effects, nutritional deficiency, epilepsy, sleep deprivation, stroke, pseudodementia, and many others. A neuropsychological and neurological evaluation can identify the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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