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Can Alzheimer's patients develop temper tantrums?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
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In brief: Absolutely

Loss of self-monitoring and disinhibition of emotional control is a potent combination, often leading to temper tantrums, aggressivity, foul language.
Any dementia with those features can have similar symptoms.

In brief: Absolutely

Loss of self-monitoring and disinhibition of emotional control is a potent combination, often leading to temper tantrums, aggressivity, foul language.
Any dementia with those features can have similar symptoms.
Dr. Edward Smith
Dr. Edward Smith
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In brief: Yes, but

There may be some pharmacological interventions which can control or mitigate such events.
Exelon patch seems to help aggression, and hallucinations; Namenda seems to assist agitation; Depakote may also help agitation, and have seen some benefit on behaviour from lyrica (pregabalin). Would hope that drugs such as major tranquilizers be avoided due to increased risks in the alzheimer's group.

In brief: Yes, but

There may be some pharmacological interventions which can control or mitigate such events.
Exelon patch seems to help aggression, and hallucinations; Namenda seems to assist agitation; Depakote may also help agitation, and have seen some benefit on behaviour from lyrica (pregabalin). Would hope that drugs such as major tranquilizers be avoided due to increased risks in the alzheimer's group.
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