When you see a loved one experiencing memory loss it can be easy to jump to the diagnosis of dementia. However, there are other things that could be impacting the memory of an older loved one and it is important to understand the signs of dementia and how it could be mistakenly diagnosed. To learn more about this and types of treatment your loved one could receive—such as Alzheimer’s treatment—contact Neurology Center of Excellence in Lady Lake, Florida.

Pseudodementia and depression

Pseudodementia is depression that occurs in person of older age and is mistaken for dementia due to memory loss. Because the symptoms presented are often so similar to actual dementia, it can be misdiagnosed. This can be detrimental to the person diagnosed and their families as a false diagnosis can have serious mental and financial costs.

People with pseudodementia will difficulty thinking clearly, problems concentrating, and trouble making decisions. It is because of this that their depression will sometimes be mistaken for dementia. However, the key difference is that people with depression will often openly complain about their memory issues while still being able to recall things when tested. However, people with dementia will often assert that they have no issues with their memory but struggle to recall things when tested.

It can be treated in the same way that dementia is treated, with medication and psychotherapy. In the same way that treatment can vary depending by person with depression, treatment will vary for pseudodementia depending on the severity of the condition and what will work best for the individual patient.

Signs of dementia

Real dementia can present itself in many forms so it is important to be acquainted with a number of these so that you may recognize the symptoms when you come across them. Some people affected with dementia may experience personality changes, inappropriate behavior, paranoia, agitation, and hallucinations. Other signs of dementia include memory loss, difficulty communicating or finding words, difficulty reasoning or problem-solving, difficulty handling complex tasks, difficulty with planning and organizing, difficulty with coordination and motor functions, and confusion and disorientation. In people with Alzheimer’s, this can progressively worsen as they age.

There are many causes of dementia but dementia is a life-changing diagnosis. It is because of this that it is so important that reversible conditions like pseudodementia are detected early on so that the patient can get treatment to reverse their condition. While Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are treatable they are not curable and as a result it can have a lasting impact on the person diagnose and their family. If you need Alzheimer’s treatment for your loved one, contact Neurology Center of Excellence.

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Don’t let your loved one suffer through mental and emotional impacts of getting a diagnosis of dementia when they may have pseudodementia. There are resources for you and your loved one to work through this traumatic time together. Contact Neurology Center of Excellence in Lady Lake, Florida to hear more about what options they have for pseudodementia and Alzheimers treatment.