Alzheimer’s disease. Cristopher Ramirez Psychology Period 6. Definition. A common form of dementia, usually beginning in late middle age, characterize by memory lapses, confusion, emotional instability, and progressive loss of mental ability. Associated features.
Diagnostic criteria for 294.1x dementia of the Alzheimer's type
d. Disturbance in executive functioning ( i.e., planning, organizing, sequencing, abstracting)
B. The cognitive deficits in criteria A1 and A2 each cause significant impairment in social or occupational functioning and represent a significant decline from a previous level of functioning.
C. The course is characterizes by gradual onset and continue cognitive decline
D. The cognitive deficits in criteria A1 and A2 are not due to any of the following:
1. Other central nerves system conditions that cause progressive deficits in memory and cognition( e.g., subdural hematoma, normal pressure, hydrocephalus and brain tumor)
2. systemic conditions that are known to cause dementia (e.g., folic acid deficiency, hypercalcemia, neurosyphilis,)
3. substance induced conditions
E. The deficits do not occur exclusively during the course of a delirium.
F. The disturbance is not better accounted for by another axis 1 disorder (e.g., major depressive disorder, schizophrenia).
Thoughts and feelings
Forgetfulness (forgetting names & where one has placed things)
Early confusional (getting lost when going to familiar place)
Late confusional (cannot recall some important features of current life)
Middle dementia ( may occasionally forget name of spouse; unaware of surroundings)
Late dementia (loss of verbal abilities, needs help in toileting and feeding)
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if so, What are some similarities?