Dementia and early symptoms
There was a time when the word “demented” became a common colloquial abuse among teenagers who probably still don’t know the true meaning of it beyond their two seconds of come-back glory. Let’s see what dementia is and the symptoms associated with it.
It is no disease, but instead a collection of symptoms associated with impairment of communication, thought and memory that is most likely the result of a variety of diseases or injuries a human body can suffer. The most common cause being Alzheimer’s disease and other extremely common causes being stroke or injury leading to brain damage, Huntington’s disease and Lewy body dementia.
Let’s have a look at some common early symptoms of dementia that would require timely medical intervention. However just because you or your loved ones relate with any or a few doesn’t mean you suffer from dementia, you need to have at least a combination of two or more symptoms that make your everyday life hard, to even conclude the possibility of it so that you can get it confirmed by doctors.
- Short term memory loss: We all sometimes walk into a room and forget the reason behind it or forget where we recently kept certain things. If it happens very often each day, there could be an early sign.
- Expression problems: The person may find it very difficult to place words correctly and communicate efficiently. Now just because someone doesn’t have a good command over a language doesn’t mean the same. It must be difficulty in the language the person has been extremely comfortable all along in, especially if the person never had trouble expressing thoughts through communication.
- Change in emotions and judgment: Since dementia affects the judgment of a person, he/she may have a complete personality change into being more outgoing and even indulging in unacceptable behavior. Depression is also an early symptom and it is common for the person to lose interest in their favorite hobbies and passions.
- Being repetitive: This isn’t limited to speech alone, but even doing things like washing hands right way too often without need, shaving multiple times a day without need, cleaning already clean things or simply hoarding trash and becoming obsessive of it.
- Fear of escaping comfort zone: The person may literally get phobic of any sort of change from his/her comfort zone when it comes to accepting any change in the simplest of things such as routine. This fear should have no rational backing but be absolutely baseless.
One mainly needs to worry about the possibility of dementia only post the age of 30 and more so after 65, it’s less likely to affect anyone below it. A Neurologist is the best person to help with such cases where proper medical tests are conducted and advanced treatment is given. It’s a lot easier to tackle when diagnosed early, so never hesitate showing yourself or your loved one if you’re in doubt.