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Doctor insights on: What Is Pseudodementia And What Causes It

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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. Krishna Kumar
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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 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 causes shocking pains

What causes shocking pains

Nerve irritation: Usually "electric shock" type pains have a component of nerve irritation involved. ...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 causes Ambras syndrome?

What causes Ambras syndrome?

Ambras Syndrome: Ambras syndrome is a very rare type of hypertrichosis (excess hair) a congenital skin disease characterized by excessive hair growth on the entire body, with the exception of the palms, soles, and mucous membranes. Werewolf Syndrome. ...Read more

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What causes wilson's disease?

What causes wilson's disease?

Genes: Wilson's disease is due to mutations in the wilson disease protein (atp7b) gene. Wilson's - konovalov's disease or hepatolenticular degeneration is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in tissues like the liver and cornea; this manifests as neurological or psychiatric symptoms and liver disease. It is treated with medication and sometimes liver transplant. ...Read more

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What causes fits in a child?

What causes fits in a child?

Immature behavior: I assume you refer to temper tantrums.
In young children, tantrums are a very immature way of expressing frustration, anger and in a way the toddler tries to demonstrate in a very awkward way, independence and will. ...Read more

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What causes Alstrom syndrome?

What causes Alstrom syndrome?

Alstrom syndrome: Alstrom syndrome is usually caused by mutations in the ALMS1 gene. ...Read more

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What causes Panner's disease?

What causes Panner's disease?

Panner's disease: Panner's Disease is also referred to as "Little Leaguer Elbow" & can be due to throwing a ball excessively. ...Read more

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What causes side sticker pain?

What causes side sticker pain?

Diaphragm spasm: Side 'stitch' is a common slang term for diaphgram spasm which occurs while running or during vigorous activitiy. The diaphragm expands and contracts during normal breathing. When you exercise, the movement is exagerated and a spasm may occur which feels like something poking you in your side. ...Read more

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What causes people to be midgets?

What causes people to be midgets?

Dwarfism: Dwarfism has multiple causes, including genetic defects, endocrine dysfunction involving either the pituitary or the thyroid gland, chronic diseases such as rickets, renal failure, intestinal malabsorption defects, and psychosocial stress, as in the maternal deprivation syndrome.

http://medical-dictionary. Thefreedictionary. Com/dwarfism. ...Read more

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What causes your cheeks to flush?

What causes your cheeks to flush?

Nerves: Signal originates in the brain, and might be influence by cortex (thought, visual, sense stimuli), hormones (estrogen, epinephrine, etc). ...Read more

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What causes sparkles in my vision?

What causes sparkles in my vision?

Retinal changes, etc: Sparkles termed photopsias, can occur from changes in the character of the vitreous in the back of the eye mostly due to aging, but can also be due to retinal detachments, and some inherited retinal changes. They can also be a thing that occurs with migraines. You should visit your ophthalmologist if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes your eyesight to change?

What causes your eyesight to change?

Many things: Early in life, the shape of the eye changes and this influences the refractive error and may lead to a possibility for glasses. Later in life, the lens changes and this can influence glasses prescription and may lead to the need for reading glasses at around the age of 40. Diseases of the eye (glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration.....) often develop later in life and can hurt visual performa. ...Read more

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Just wondering what causes coughing?

Just wondering what causes coughing?

Cough: Many different causes sometimes in the same patient. Asthma/ allergies/vocal cord dysfunction/ gerd/ infections/ heart problems are a few of the possible causes. ...Read more

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What causes cknb levels to be elevated?

What causes cknb levels to be elevated?

Heart Attack!: Ckmb is an enzyme that is elevated with damage to heart muscle. This should be investigated with ekgs, serial blood tests with fractionated cks, and primarily to rule out a heart attack or heart damage. ...Read more

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I am wondering what causes the coughing?

I am wondering what causes the coughing?

Irritation: Cough can come from your lungs or your throat. There are many different causes, including, but not limited to, infections, reflux irritation, chronic lung disease, cancer, and drug side effects.
If your cough persists, see your doctor. ...Read more