Dementia is not a single, specific disease but a general medical term that describes the symptoms associated with the decline of cognitive brain functions.
There are many ways to tell if you or a loved one is starting to experience Dementia. The onset of dementia is usually shown through the lack of multitasking abilities, their lack of awareness for what’s going on in the world around them. Those that suffer from dementia are likely to find that living in a world of normal daily tasks is unachievable and not in the realm of possibilities.
There are actually many diseases that lead to dementia, such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)
- Frontotemporal Dementia
- Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)
- Mixed Dementia
- Vascular Dementia
- Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS)
The most common symptoms of dementia include:
- Loss of memory
- Familiar tasks become increasingly difficult
- Challenges in planning or problem solving
- Confusion regarding time and location
- Problems speaking or writing
- Changes in mood and personality
When experiencing the onset of dementia, Dr. Cantrell will take her patients through a physical examination, along with a thorough review of the patient’s medical history. There is no single test that can diagnose dementia, so it’s likely that multiple tests will need to be ran. Some of the test could include cognitive and neuropsychological tests, brain scans, and even laboratory tests to determine things such as a vitamin B-12 deficiency or an underactive thyroid gland.
The symptoms from these various causes of dementia can be very similar, so it’s important to seek treatment from neuro specialist Dr. Deborah Cantrell at Elite Neuroscience Center as soon as symptoms begin to appear.