You often hear about a midlife crisis when a person’s behavior changes radically. But in some cases, what’s going on is not a midlife crisis, but instead a form of dementia. According to an article entitled "When Character Crumbles" in the November/December 2010 issue of Scientific American Mind, the early signs of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) have been incorrectly attributed to a midlife or marital crisis by family members and some doctors. It turns out that FTD also is misdiagnosed as other conditions. “Of the frontotemporal patients who come to U.C.S.F (University of California, San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center), roughly half are initially misdiagnosed, most commonly with Alzheimer’s, depression, bipolar disorder or, occasionally, schizophrenia,” Scientific American Mind writer Ingfei Chen noted.
So what is FTD (sometimes known as Pick’s disease)? “Frontotemporal dementia (frontotemporal lobar degeneration) is an umbrella term...
I am a 52 year old female with ulcerative colitis and have been in remission for a few years. Of late, I have been experiencing abdominal bloating, weight gain and some difficulty moving my bowels. I had a colonoscopy a few months ago and everything was normal. Any suggestions on what I can take or what might be causing my symptoms?
There are most definitely a few conditions that need to be considered. First off, if you have not had lab work in awhile, it should be done. Hypothyroidism can cause constipation and weight gain and must be ruled out. Additionally, hypercalcemia should be considered as well.
Your physician should take a look at all of your medications, as there are many that can cause constipation and bloating including calcium channel blockers, anti-depressants and diuretics. I would however recommend that you see your gynecologist to be screened for ovarian cancer. While your symptoms are non-specific, abdominal bloating, constipation and weight gain in w...
Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is not a normal part of
aging. It is a symptom of dementia, a gradual and progressive
decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The most common
form of dementia is Alzheimers disease, a disorder that
results in the loss of brain cells.
The Alzheimers Association, the world leader in Alzheimer
research and support, has developed a checklist of common symptoms
to help recognize the warning signs of Alzheimers
1. Memory loss.
Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most
common early signs of dementia. A person begins to forget more
often and is unable to recall the information later.
2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks.
People with dementia often find it hard to complete everyday
tasks that were once so familiar, they were nearly automatic.
Individuals may forget the steps to prepare a meal, use a household
appliance or participate in a lifelong hobby.
3. Problems with language.
People with Alzhe...
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