What are the follow-on symptoms of dementia?

What are the follow-on symptoms of dementia?

What are the follow-on symptoms of dementia?

In the previous section we discussed the early signs of dementia, the follow-on symptoms from these can, in some cases, be described as the progression of the initial symptoms. For example, a patient may have started with forgetting the face of someone they met recently, this can then lead to them forgetting the faces of loved ones they have known and loved for a number of years.

It is important to note that the symptoms of dementia are dependent on the cause. However, the symptoms can be divided into cognitive and psychological changes as stated below:

Cognitive changes - mental processes of knowing and perceiving:

  • Difficulty when communicating or finding it hard to find the right words
  • Difficulty in completing complex tasks
  • Difficulty in problem-solving or reasoning
  • Difficulty with motor functions or coordination
  • Issues with memory loss which is typically noticed by a friend or loved one initially
  • Difficulty in organising or planning
  • Disorientation and confusion

Psychological changes – awareness, motivation and feeling:

  • Changes in personality
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations

When to see a doctor

If you or a loved one is showing signs of dementia, then it is advised that you consult with a doctor or mental health professional. It is vital to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms as some medications can cause symptoms of dementia.

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