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...
For most women, missing a period is one of the first signs of pregnancy that women notice. For others, irregular periods make it difficult to know when a period should start and when it has been missed. There are, however, a number of early signs that can signal the need for a pregnancy test or a visit to the doctor. Missed period Most women begin wondering about pregnancy when they have missed their period. However, a number of women have irregular periods or do not keep track of their periods. For these women, some of the other symptoms may signal a pregnancy. Some women may experience spotting (explained below) or light bleeding, and mistakenly think they have gotten a lighter than normal period. Sore, swollen or tender breasts Initially, women may have a soreness or tenderness in their breasts similar to the feeling before they get their period and as days go on, the feeling increases. This can begin as early as when someone is one to two weeks pregnant. For some, thi...
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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