What Is The Difference Between Someone Who Is Psychotic Versus An Early Onset Alzheimer's Person

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What Is The Difference Between Someone Who Is Psychotic Versus An Early Onset Alzheimer's Person

Activity coordinator in a 42 bed dementia unit. A young male (60) seems more psychotic than demented. Nursing insists he is early onset Alzheimer's, but the behavior resembles psychosis to me. How can I differentiate?

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Individuals with dementia may experience a range of symptoms, including delusions and hallucinations; these symptoms can also be present in psychotic individuals. However, Alzheimer's disease is distinguished by degenerative memory loss, which is not present in psychosis. In other words, a person with Alzheimer's disease will gradually lose their memory -; first short term, then long term-over time. Psychotic individuals will experience behavioral and mood changes but memory is not affected. In order to be sure of this person's diagnosis, a doctor must conduct a series of tests that could confirm likely causes of his symptoms. These tests can include a blood/urine test, comprehensive medical history, cognitive screen, and brain imaging such as MRI.