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I know that neurologists can treat certain disorders such as ADHD, dementia or OCD. How is it different from the way a psychiatrist treats it?

I know that neurologists can treat certain disorders such as ADHD, dementia or OCD. How is it different from the way a psychiatrist treats it?

More comprehensive: I would expect that a psychiatrist would include consideration of more emotional and family factors in eval and recc. Neurologists tend to focus just on dx and meds ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control ...Read more


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What causes dementia?

What causes dementia?

Many factors: Such as inherited predisposition as in Alzheimer's Dementia, Vascular Dementia is caused by hardening of the arteries with decreased blood flow to the brain causing microvascular changes as in strokes, repeated blows to the brain as in those incurred in sports, boxing, football. Accidents causing concussions or traumatic brain injuries like explosions in war. Diseases like Parkinson's Disease ...Read more

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What are signs of dementia?

See below: Dementia has gradual onset: forgetfulness will increase with time; disorientation to time and place;judgement, decision making, will be affected in the later stages; later loss of communication skills. Patients need to be evaluated for dementia by looking at various domains by a professional. In the elderly, sometimes depression might be confused for dementia, therefore a thorough exam is needed ...Read more

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Which dementias are inherited?

Which dementias are inherited?

Every illness we: Humans can get is at least partly related to our genetics, so all of them. But that is not the same as inherited eye color. It's much more complicated. So if a parent has dementia, do not assume you will inherit it. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dementia?

What are the causes of dementia?

Many causes: Some are heredity like huntingtons, early alzheimers, some are vascular with same risk as heart disease, others are due to infection (menigitits) or trauma (ie multiple head trauma), some related to auto immune disease. Clearly too many types to worry about. Eat healthy and exercise, get regular check-up and enjoy your brain now. ...Read more

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Please describe the warning signs of dementia?

Please describe the warning signs of dementia?

Little things: Problems with short term memory, selective word finding, driving, paying bills, shopping, keeping appointments, confusing medication, falls. ...Read more

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Is dementia preventable?

Is dementia preventable?

Don't know: There is some evidence that doing different things other than your daily routine can keep our brains growing and making new connections. ...Read more

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Can you delay dementia?

Yes: Some neuroscientists are promoting to learn new and complex things always to increment the number of glial cells and dendrites. Also some promote to keep learning until you die. Some physicians prescribe medicines for dementia even if not sure is only forgetfulness, mild cognitive impairment or early dementia. Medicines supposedly delay the progression of the disease. ...Read more

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Can radon cause dementia?

Can radon cause dementia?

Yes. Radon dementia: Www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1579210
natural distribution of environmental radon daughters in the different brain. .. Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia: www. Idahoradon. Com/alzheimers-parkinsons-studies
radon is a primary source of harmful radiation exposure for humans;. .. Memory loss: dementia such as forgetting things more. ...Read more

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What is Lewy body dementia?

What is Lewy body dementia?

The essentials: Lewey body dementia is defined by three things, visual hallucinations in the absence of othr drugs, psych diagnoses and Parkinson's disease, memory loss and perodic confusion, you can have parkinson symptoms but don't have to. You also usually get behavorial problems and executive problems. The hallucinations tend to be quite vivid and complex. ...Read more

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What is vascular dementia?  

Caused by a stroke: Most people think of vascular dementia as memory and other brain impairments leading to dementia caused by one or more large strokes. There is another condition related to chronic small damage to the brain ultimately leading to dementia, this used to be called multi-infarct dementia though this phrase isn't used much anymore. ...Read more

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What is presenile dementia?

What is presenile dementia?

Early onset dementia: Presenile dementia refers to dementia occurring in younger persons, usually age 65 or younger; since most cases are due to alzheimer's disease, the term is sometimes used as a synonym of dementia of the Alzheimer's type, early onset. ...Read more

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Can dementia cause dizziness?

Can dementia cause dizziness?

Sort of: There are many causes of dementia, including some we don't normally think of, such as vitamin deficiency, stroke, or brain tumor. Some of these diseases can cause dizziness in addition to dementia. More typically, dizziness does not accompany dementia. Dizziness can be a separate problem from dementia, or might help pinpoint an underlying cause for both. ...Read more

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What causes vascular dementia?

What causes vascular dementia?

Damage to blood flow: The vascular system supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients through the blood system or vasculature. When the vasculature system is negatively impacted it can lead to cell death and if enough damage occurs then one deveops vascular dementia. ...Read more

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What does senile dementia mean?

Dementia: Loss of cognitive ability (ie dementia) that occurs in old age (senile). This could include alzheimers or multi infarct (from strokes). ...Read more

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How do you screen for dementia?

How do you screen for dementia?

Take a history: Screening for any illness involves getting an accurate history and looking for particular symptoms. In the case of dementia, one is looking for memory problems, visual spatial problems, loss of abilities one used to have (like cooking, repairing things, paying bills etc), needing more help to do things, word finding problems and word comprehending problems etc. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed help dementia?

Unfortunately no: Thc or the active ingredient in marijuana can cause a variety of responses. Though for some there is a calming effect of others it was cause paradoxical agitation, disorientation and even paranoid feelings. Individuals suffering from dementia may have more vulnerable brains and may be more affected by the negative reactions. ...Read more

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Can a 17 yr old have dementia?

Can a 17 yr old have dementia?

17 year olds: Can have memory problems, but not likely to be dementia---head trauma, alcohol, drugs, serious medical illnesses can all cause memory loss. ...Read more

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Is vascular dementia hereditary?

Is vascular dementia hereditary?

Vascular Dementia: Major risk factors are advancing age, with cardiovascular problems, cholesterol, sugar problems, smoking & alcohol. ...Read more

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Is vascular dementia reversible?

Not much: It is possible to develop or create new circulation, such as unblocking carotid artery, and brains have ways of developing new pathways to compensate, but for the most part we only slow down dementia, not reverse it. Hopefully one day there will be better treatments. ...Read more

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What is frontotemporal dementia?

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 more

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How does a doc diagnose dementia?

How does a doc diagnose dementia?

History: The first thing to do is to take a careful history of the patient and family. What symptoms does the patient have? Is there a history of dementia, stroke or heart disease? Rating scales like a mini mental status exam or moca (montreal cognitive assessment) are useful. Labs are checked like b12, folate (folic acid) or RPR (syphilis). Sometimes a head scan is helpful. ...Read more

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What does Lewy body dementia mean?

Type of dementia.: Lewy bodies are a specific type of protein clumps that can accumulate in many places. When they accumulate in the brain, dementia with lewy bodies can occur. It is actually a somewhat common type of neurodegenerative dementia, second only to the more famous alzheimer's disease. If you like, you can look at: www. Lbda. Org for more information. ...Read more

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What vitamin is good for dementia?

B 12: There is a particular dementia associated to lack of vitamin b 12 which is part of all cellular membranes specially of the nervous system. If there is no low level of vit b won't help. Drs. Screen all pts. With dementia for this. In general it is recommended to ingest oils containing omega 3, like fish oil or eat tuna, salmon and fish c low in mercury for the esphyngomyeline needed. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for dementia?

Is there a treatment for dementia?

Yes, but...: There are many causes of dementia. Dementia of any type has no cure. Multi infarct dementia requires to control the hypertension and prevent strokes with anticoagulants or aspirin. There are medicines that may help to delay the worsening of the disease such as Aricept (donazepil), namenda, exelon, galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide). One preferred tx is Aricept plus Namenda but is expensive. ...Read more

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Can vascular dementia be reversible?

Can vascular dementia be reversible?

Possibly: Depending on the level, location, severity of the vascular lesions or cerebral insults, there is a possibility that some sxs will be reversed somewhat or improved; the brain can compensate at times for vascular insults; however, the key element is treating the underlying diseases such as hypertension and weight and removing high risk behaviors such as smoking. ...Read more

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What is the clock test for dementia?

What is the clock test for dementia?

Tests several areas: The clock drawing test involves asking someone to draw the face of a clock and put the hands at a specific time. This tests attention, memory and the ability to plan, sequence and carry out an overlearned task. It tells us about visual spatial abilities and other areas of brain functioning. ...Read more

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How can I cope with fears of dementia?

How can I cope with fears of dementia?

Irrational fear: A phobia is an irrational fear--we know what we fear is probably not dangerous. Behavioral psychologists view them as learned and treatment is to desensitize or unlearn them. An atavistic trait is something we inherit that can keep us from danger but is not necessary in today's world. This could be a fear of bugs, snakes, heights, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for dementia?

Not much, but: Medical foods might be useful, like cerefolin-nac, for early cognitive loss, or axona, a substitute fuel to help think better. The cholinesterase inhibitors seem a modest benefit, but seem to work better if used in combination with namenda, (memantine) and of course, a warm, supportive, organized environment with loving attention seems to keep issues under control. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of vascular dementia?

Step down process: Vascular dementia is caused by poor circulation to parts of the brain caused by ongoing "mini-strokes" that occur. Alzheimer's dementia is a chronic gradual decline, whereas vascular dementia can have sudden decreases in physical and cognitive functioning. Like walking down the stairs. They may be stable, sharp decline, stable, sharp decline etc. ...Read more

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