Dementia and Behavior Problems

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Behavioral problems are common in dementiaup to 80 to 90 percent of patients develop at least one distressing symptom during the course of their illness. Dr. Edward Hill discusses behavior problems in dementia patients in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People with dementia can have changes in their personality and the way they act. They might be confused about what is real, and they might see things that are not there.

People with dementia might not want to do things they used to like. They may not talk as much as they used to, and they might be tense or nervous. They might be sad, cry easily or have trouble sleeping and eating.

Almost all people with dementia will have some changes in the way they act. They might believe things that are not real. They also might see, hear or feel things that are not real.

It is important to find out if these changes are because of an illness or a reaction to medicine. If someone in your family starts acting differently, you should take him or her to the doctor. The doctor will want to know when the problems started and will ask other questions to find out how the problems are affecting the family.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.