Dementia Causes Symptoms Information with Treatment

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					Dementia is a slowly progressive brain disorder characterized by the loss
of ability to think, reason and remember. Dementia is not a disease
itself, but rather a group of symptoms that are caused by various
diseases or conditions. In some cases, the dementia can be treated and
cured because the cause is treatable. In some cases, although the person
may appear to have dementia, a severe depression can be causing the
symptoms. Examples of this include dementia caused by drugs or alcohol,
or hormone or vitamin imbalances. Because some causes of dementia can be
cured or partially treated, it is very important that your doctor is
thorough when making the diagnosis, so as not to miss potentially
treatable conditions. The frequency of "treatable" causes of dementia is
believed to be about 10%.       Causes of Dementia

  The common Causes of Dementia :         Nutritional deficiencies, like
vitamin B12 and folate deficiency.         Toxic reactions, like excessive
alcohol or drug use.        Infections that affect the brain and spinal
cord, such as AIDS dementia complex and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Certain types of hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid in the brain
that can result from developmental abnormalities, infections, injury, or
brain tumors.        Kidney, liver, and lung diseases can all lead to
dementia.        Either a single severe head injury or longer term smaller
injuries, like in boxers.        Diseases that cause degeneration or loss
of nerve cellsin the brain such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and
Huntington's.        Symptoms of Dementia        Some Symptoms of Dementia
:        Confusion , severe       Decrease in problem-solving skills and
judgment capability        Progressive memory loss        Hallucinations
and delusions        Altered sensation or perception        Inability to
concentrate        Lack of spontaneity        Depression       Treatment of
Dementia        Dementia Treatment of people with progressive dementia
aims to provide the best possible quality of life for them and their
carers.        Alzheimer's disease , Huntington's disease , Pick's
disease, dementia of aging and traumatic injuries to the brain are
usually not amenable to treatment.         Anti-convulsants may be
effective in treating some behavioural disturbances.         Dementia
generally gets worse with age but the development of symptoms can often
be slowed with drugs or other treatments.         Treatment of dementia
usually aims to improve memory and concentration, reduce psychiatric
problems, and to improve the quality of life for both the patient and
their family and carers.        Anti-psychotic drugs may be prescribed for
patients suffering from delusions or hallucinations.        Juliet Cohen
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