Hello, readers. Why it’s important to know whether or not the dementia related to mental health?.
Is dementia related to mental health?. Yes . It does. It’s not a mental illness but a disorder of the brain.
It’s a progressive detoriation of brain functioning that occurs after the completion of brain maturation in adolescence.
¤ Dementia occurs as a result of the death of brain cells or any damage to the brain part that’s associated with thought process.
¤ A group of thinking and social symptoms that interferes with daily functioning.
• It’s an umbrella term for cognitive disorders.
• The individual with dementia loses his/her ability to think and loses his/her memory completely.
• Amnesia is very rare but the common prevalent type is dementia.
• The best known dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.
What’s Alzheimer’s disease?
It’s a disorder which is associated with a progressive dementia syndrome, terminating in death. The onset may be in middle or old age and the symptoms include memory loss, withdrawal, confusion and impaired judgement.
• It’s most often found in older people.
• Features includes gradual memory loss, inability to think, inertia ( inactivity), losing the ability to communicate, etc,.
Depression also increases the risk of alzheimer’s disease but the symptoms of depression are often mistaken for dementia.
Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is made only after the clinical assessment of a patient. The diagnosis can only be confirmed after the patient’s death.
Some of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease includes, fewer years of education, lower income, current smoker, lower occupational status, head trauma and more.