Dementia and Psychiatric Disorders
The consequences of dementia resulting from some structural changes in the brain would seem to be sufficient penalty for both patient and caregiver. There exists, however, the possibility that psychological disorders that may already be present will become aggravated. An example of this would be an exaggeration of anxiety states in a person already subject to worry. Further, dysfunctional conditions new to the individual may develop, in part as a reaction to negative events accumulating in the life of the person and in part as an attempt to adapt to difficult events. In this case, we might see a patient and caregiver become increasingly depressed as the patient’s status worsens and introduces new problems that seem impossible to remedy. There is the additional possibility that structural and/or chemical changes in the brain may alter the personality. Thus the psychological dimensions should not be underestimated or ignored because there is suffering that may be unnecessary if diagnosed and treated.
KeywordsDepressive Symptom Major Depression Generalize Anxiety Disorder Dementia Patient Depressed Person
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