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Q: explain why depression, delirium and age related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia?
A: With depression, a person can tend to become confused and forget due to their unhappiness. Delirium can also cause forgetfulness but is much more serious than dementia. Age related memory impairment is commonly confused with dementia. [ Dementia actually requires medical exams to conclude a diagnosis. ]
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Depression, delirium and age related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia Because they both manifest with similar symptoms. Depression coupled with age related memory impairment looks the same as dementia to the untrained eye. [ The difference is that depression delirium responds to treatment with anti depressants. Once you get on top of the depression you can put age related memory loss into perspective. If it is genuine dementia it won't get better. There is medication to ease the symptoms but no cure. ]
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