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What is pseudodementia? Grandparent is faking it?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: "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.

In brief: "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.
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