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Young Onset Dementia
Yes, see below: People with down's syndrome (trisomy 21) have genetically impaired intellectual function, i.e., low iq, and are also at greater risk to develop alzheimers type dementia, including at younger ages than others. Dementia is not the same as low iq, it's primarily a memory problem. Worsening memory in an adult with trisomy 21 can be evaluated with psychological testing. ...Read more
Yes: Hypothyroidism is one of the most important metabolic causes of reversible cognitive impairment. The term refers to thyroid under function within adults, which results in deficits of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine T4 and triodothyronine t3 (liothyronine). This underfunction may originate in the thyroid itself or in the pituitary or hypothalamus which controls the thyroid gland. ...Read more
I do psychology and when I tested a number of young people using the MOCA cognitive assessment they failed? Do they have dementia?
Neuropsychologist : Dementia is a very serious diagnosis and should NOT be based on the findings of one single test. The MOCA has only been validated for mild cognitive impairment, not full dementia. The patient needs a full evaluation administered by a neuropsychologist who specializes in geriatric issues. A comprehensive battery of tests will be administered to indicate a much more comprehensive clinical picture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I told someone yesterday I would get them surprise. Today I totally forgot about getting and giving gift. Reminded by person. Early onset dementia?
Unlikely: Stress, overload, sleep deprivation, anxiety are a few of many reasons we may "normally" forget something that causes worry or embarrassment. Ask a trusted friend or family member if they think you're more forgetful. If memory problems persist to the point of disrupting your work, relationships or overall functioning or you'd like more reassurance, see your pcp for an evaluation. Hope this helps. ...Read more
How to know if early onset dementia (36yrs) or normal age related cognitive decline. Forget names & finding it hard to find words or using wrong one?
See your doctor: Or, schedule Concierge visit and we can go into this in further detail. ...Read more
Can nuvigil mitigate symptoms of early onset dementia? Is there a more effective drug to help combat the cognitive symptoms?
Ask your neurologist: It is my understanding that Nuvigil is a drug promoting wakefulness and is used for such conditions as sleep disorders or fatigue disorders. There are other drugs, such as aricept, Exelon (rivastigmine) , razadyne or Namenda which are used for early stages of dementia. This drugs help to slow down the trajectory of cognitive decline. Your neurologist will be the one to tell you which drug is best for you. ...Read more