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What are the psychiatric symptoms of dementia?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

There are several types of dementia. However one of the first noticeable signs of dementia is usually memory loss. Other signs depend on that area of the brain affected by the disease. Some other symptoms include:

  • Not recognizing familiar people and places.
  • Having trouble finding the right words to express thoughts or name objects.
  • Having difficulty performing calculations.
  • Having problems planning and carrying out tasks, such as balancing a checkbook, following a recipe, or writing a letter.
  • Having trouble exercising judgment, such as knowing what to do in an emergency.
  • Having difficulty controlling moods or behaviors. Depression is common, and agitation or aggression may occur.
  • Not keeping up personal care such as grooming or bathing.

 

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