MNAS Clinic: Dr. Roshita Khare - Consultant Psychiatrist & Sexologist

Dementia

Psychiatric Disorder

Dementia

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of living.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition. It is one of the most common forms of dementia, a group of symptoms that lead to a decline in mental function severe enough to disrupt daily life. Alzheimer’s disease causes problems with a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities.

Symptoms

  • Problems with short-term and long-term memory
  • Problems with decision-making, problem solving and judgment
  • Difficulty producing or understanding language
  • Loss of spatial abilities (difficulty judging shapes and sizes and the relationship of objects in space)
  • Personality and behavior changes (depression, apathy, withdrawal from usual activities)
  • Apathy (passive behavior, sleeping more than usual or not wanting to do usual activities)
  • Loss of ability to learn new information
  • Confusion with time and place (getting lost in familiar places)