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Detecting and Treating Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy body dementia (LBD) affects about 1.4 million Americans, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. This makes it one of the most common causes of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—but even so, it frequently is misdiagnosed, and this leaves people with the condition vulnerable to potentially deadly medication

When Psychiatric Disorders Overlap

A diagnosis of depression, anxiety or other psychiatric disorder can be overwhelming on its own. But it’s important to understand that having one mental disorder raises your odds of having additional such conditions.

It’s not uncommon, for example, for someone with depression also to have an anxiety disorder, or for a

6. Treating Alzheimer’s

Doctors can’t yet cure Alzheimer’s disease (AD), although that is the ultimate goal of AD research. Treatments have advanced to the point where they can help manage some of the most troubling cognitive and behavioral symptoms, and make life easier for people with the condition, and their caregivers. New treatments

4 Types of Dementia and Their Warning Signs

4 Types of Dementia and Their Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of the various types of dementia and has become something of a “catch-all” term for severe cognitive impairment, but it isn’t the only type of dementia to which older adults are vulnerable.

“Figuring out which type a person has is important, since the drug treatments that

5. Treatments for Depression

The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to

2. Types of Depression

Depression is a complex condition that comes in many forms. To help tease apart the different ways in which depression can manifest and to help clinicians choose the right treatments, the condition is classified into several different types. This chapter describes each type of depression and the specific signs and

What Is Catatonic Depression?

What Is Catatonic Depression?

Catatonia is the condition behind catatonic depression. It’s a seemingly bizarre condition in which people remain speechless and motionless or may become stuck making the same stereotypical and meaningless movements and sounds over and over for extended periods of time. Often, people in a catatonic state exhibit wax-mannequin-like flexibility, meaning

5. Treatments for Depression

Just over half of adult Americans suffering from depression receive what is considered to be “minimally adequate treatment” in any given 12-month period, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That means almost half of all depressed people in the U.S. are not receiving the care they need, even

2. Types of Depression

Depression is a complex condition that comes in many forms. To help tease apart the different ways in which depression can manifest and to help clinicians choose the right treatments, the condition is classified into several different types. This chapter describes each type of depression and the specific signs and

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