Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dementia Overview

What is dementia?
A person with dementia has a loss of mental abilities caused by malfunctioning or damaged brain cells. A person with dementia has difficulty thinking, concentrating, remembering and reasoning, which interferes with normal daily living. Dementia may be permanent or temporary, depending on the cause. Senile dementia is the most common type of dementia.

What are the symptoms of dementia?
Symptoms of dementia include anxiety, apathy, difficulty communicating, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, memory loss, depression, poor judgment, and confusion.

How does the doctor treat dementia?
Treatment for dementia may include vitamin supplements, diet, and medications to control symptoms and improve cognition.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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