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What is pseudodementia? Grandparent is faking it?

What is pseudodementia? Grandparent is faking it?

"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

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Pseudodementia (Definition)

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


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What is the definition or description of: pseudodementia?

What is the definition or description 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 more

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My uncle is 52 years old and was diagnosed with pseudodementia. What is that? How is it typically treated?

My uncle is 52 years old and was diagnosed with pseudodementia. What is that? How is it typically treated?

Pseudo dementia: Depression with cognitive deficits that look like dementia. Also may be seen in Conversion reactions, Psychoactive drugs, & other Mood disorders. They differ from true dementia in that their attention & concentration are intact. ...Read more

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I am suffering from pseudodementia, what is the treatment?

I am suffering from pseudodementia, what is the treatment?

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

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What is pseudodemnite depression?

What is pseudodemnite depression?

Reversible dementia: In depression, the brain slows down, and thinking can become so distorted, that one's cognition is impaired--sometimes to the point of "dementia". But when the depression is treated and lifts, the "dementia" disappears. ...Read more

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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 more

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If a neurologist has diagnosed someone with pseudo dementia and he is being treated with celexa, (citalopram) when should symptoms go away?

If a neurologist has diagnosed someone with pseudo dementia and he is being treated with celexa, (citalopram) when should symptoms  go away?

They may not.: Celexa (citalopram) is an anti-depressant, and it may help if the patient has a depression which is masquerading as a dementia, which happens occasionally. Otherwise Celexa (citalopram) does not really improve memory and thinking. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What cause bp?

What cause bp?

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 more

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Cause of headche?

Depends: It greatly depends on the type of headache you have, location, quality, associated symptoms, etc, etc. ...Read more

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What cause dyspenia?

What cause dyspenia?

Short of breath: Dyspnea can be caused by anything that prevents taking a full, effective breath. Causes include obesity, illness, neuromuscular disorders such as ms, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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What causes nightmare?

What causes nightmare?

WorkingInternalFears: During sleep, our minds/brains work to both integrate awake experiences into memory &, as part of this, make sense of many issues, correctly or incorrectly, the best we can. Fears, anger & sadness, emotions we typically have the most difficulty with, are commonly repressed while awake; allows function & interaction with others. However, while dreaming, issues are worked on & sometimes remembered. ...Read more

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What could cause spasms?

What could cause spasms?

Many things: There are many causes of muscle spasms including muscle injury, electrolyte imbalance, spinal cord injury/disease and brain injury. There are a number of disorders of the brain that can cause spasticity as well. There are many other causes as well. ...Read more

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What could be the cause?

Cause of what?: If you can please tell us what problem you want us to give you an educated guess about, we can try to help. Be well. ...Read more

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What causes my back pains?

What causes my back pains?

Many things: herniated disk, strained/spasming muscles, kidney issues, lack of mobility, trauma etc. If you truly want an answer I would seek help of your local MD or chiropractor to have it looked at. No worries Connect with my Virtual Practice on Healthtap for any dental questions with my special keycode: DFWMCQ! Securely video or text chat by virtual appointment. http://htap.us/28qexs ...Read more

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What causes a wound to weep?

Part of healing: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more

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What is utheritis and cause?

What is utheritis and cause?

Urethritis: I hope you meant urethritis. Urethritis is the inflammation of the urethra - a tube that drains the bladder outside. The main portion of the urethra in males lies within the penis. An inflammation of the urethra is urethritis. The most common cause of urethritis is infection such as std. ...Read more

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