Advertisement

What conditions are not symptoms of dementia?

The following conditions are not symptoms of dementia:

Age-related cognitive decline: As people age, they usually experience slower information processing and mild memory impairment. In addition, their brains frequently decrease in volume and some nerve cells, or neurons, are lost. These changes, called age-related cognitive decline, are normal and are not considered signs of dementia.

Mild cognitive impairment: Some people develop cognitive and memory problems that are not severe enough to be diagnosed as dementia but are more pronounced than the cognitive changes associated with normal aging. This condition is called mild cognitive impairment. Although many patients with this condition later develop dementia, some do not. Many researchers are studying mild cognitive impairment to find ways to treat it or prevent it from progressing to dementia.

Depression: People with depression are frequently passive or unresponsive, and they may appear slow, confused, or forgetful. Other emotional problems can also cause symptoms that sometimes mimic those of dementia.

Delirium: Delirium is characterized by confusion and rapidly altering mental states. The person may also be disoriented, drowsy, or incoherent and may exhibit personality changes. Delirium is usually caused by a treatable physical or psychiatric illness, such as poisoning or infection. Patients with delirium often, though not always, make a full recovery after their underlying illness is treated.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Continue Learning about Dementia Symptoms

What are the symptoms of dementia?
Frankfort Regional Medical CenterFrankfort Regional Medical Center
There are many symptoms of dementia, but declining memory is the major one. Other symptoms include c...
More Answers
What are the psychiatric symptoms of dementia?
Charles J. Sophy, MDCharles J. Sophy, MD
There are several types of dementia. However one of the first noticeable signs of dementia is usuall...
More Answers
At What Age Does Dementia Set in for Down's Syndrome Patients?
At What Age Does Dementia Set in for Down's Syndrome Patients?
How Do We Treat Dementia?
How Do We Treat Dementia?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.