How does vascular cognitive impairment change one's behavior?

Dr. David A. Merrill, MD
Psychiatrist (Therapist)

The most common behavioral symptoms of vascular cognitive impairment are depression and agitation. Apathy mixed with irritability or an anxiety may also occur. In the worst-case scenarios, there will be psychotic symptoms and frontal symptoms of disinhibition.

Vascular cognitive impairment is also known as vascular dementia related to stroke. It not only causes memory loss but it can change people’s personalities. A docile person can become agitated and aggressive. It depends on what part of the brain the vascular event involves. You can lose cognitive or physical abilities. Certain parts of the brain, if you have a stroke there, you can lose inhibitions. Others affect abilities of self-care, walking and memory. Depending on the part of the brain in which it happens, vascular cognitive impairment can have a variety of manifestations.

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