What Are the Early Signs of Frontotemporal Dementia?

Q:
What are the early signs of frontotemporal dementia?

A:
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) refers to a group of disorders caused by progressive nerve cell loss in the brain’s frontal lobes (the areas behind your forehead) or its temporal lobes (the regions behind your ears).

Early signs of the condition may involve the following symptoms:

  • Apathy or an unwillingness to talk
  • Change in personality and mood, such as depression
  • Lack of inhibition or lack of social tact
  • Obsessive or repetitive behavior, such as compulsively shaving or collecting items
  • Unusual verbal, physical or sexual behavior
  • Weight gain due to dramatic overeating

If a loved one is having difficulty with speech or noticeable changes in behavior, make an appointment with the doctor.

 

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