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What are the early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?

David A. Merrill, MD
Psychiatry
Early in Alzheimer’s disease, people experience forgetfulness and word-finding difficulties. This may worry them a little bit, although this also occurs in normal aging. Indeed, there's a lot of overlap with normal aging.

However, along with the early cognitive changes, there may be prevalent psychological symptoms that didn’t previously exist. Someone who has always been very energetic and outgoing may suddenly become apathetic or depressed and will not do all the activities that he or she used to do. These early features become so pronounced that they end up interfering with difficult or complex tasks, like keeping finances straight, running a business or driving a car.

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