By Sonja M. Lillrank
Examines the indicators, factors, and results of Alzheimer's illness and different dementias and demonstrates how a variety of remedies have an effect on the mind to aid deal with those disorders...Title: .Alzheimer's affliction And different Dementias..Author: .Lillrank, sonja M., M.d./ Collins, Christine Collins, Ph.d. (EDT)/ Levitt, Pat (FRW)..Publisher: .Facts on File..Publication Date: .2007/01/01..Number of Pages: .118..Binding variety: .LIBRARY..Library of Congress: .2006010414
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Treating the psychiatric condition will reverse or relieve the dementia-like condition. DELIRIUM Delirium is a condition that causes a change in the level of consciousness and attention. Patients can suddenly become disoriented, not know their name or where they are, or concentrate on any task. Other symptoms include inappropriate behavior and psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions. Symptoms can emerge within hours or days and fluctuate within a day. 2 A subdural hematoma, or brain hemorrhage, is depicted in red (left) in this computed tomography (CT) scan.
In Alzheimer’s disease, the tau protein seems to lose its ability to support the cell, which deforms and aggregates into neurofibrillary tangles. This leads the neuron’s nutrient transport system to collapse, breaking down communication between neurons and eventually killing the cells. CHOLINERGIC LOSS More than 20 years ago, scientists discovered that patients with Alzheimer’s disease had a deficit of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter has been shown to be important for memory, attention, and learning.
A specific diagnosis will help the doctor predict the progress of the specific type of dementia and help the family choose treatment and prepare for what to expect as the illness progresses. ” Dementia refers to the loss of intellectual and cognitive functioning due to changes in the brain. ” Cognitive functions that might be affected by dementia are: • • • • • • decision-making/judgment memory spatial orientation thinking/reasoning verbal communication neglect of personal safety, hygiene, nutrition 21 22 Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias WHAT HAPPENS IN THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE The first thing a doctor does is take a complete medical history.