Why Depression Delirium Age Realated Impairment Can E Mistaken as Dementia Essay

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1.3 Explain why depression, delirium and age-related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia This may be the case because they all share many of the same symptoms as dementia, for example: Symptoms of depression: Anxiety, irritability, Delusions Hallucinations Increased or decreased body movements Pacing, wringing their hands, pulling or rubbing their hair, body, or clothing Sleep disturbance: difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep or especially waking up early Changes in appetite: usually loss of appetite but sometimes increased appetite Weight loss or occasionally weight gain Fatigue, decreased energy Difficulty concentrating, thinking or making decisions Slowed speech, slowed responses with pauses before answering, decreased amounts of speech, low or monotonous tones of voice Symptoms of delirium: Reduced awareness of the environment, this may result in: An inability to stay focused on a topic or to change topics Wandering attention Getting stuck on an idea rather than responding to questions or conversation Being easily distracted by unimportant things Being withdrawn, with little or no activity or little response to the environment poor thinking skills (cognitive impairment) This may appear as: Poor memory, particularly of recent events Disorientation, or not knowing where one is, who one is or what time of day it is Difficulty speaking or recalling words Rambling or nonsense speech Difficulty understanding speech Difficulty reading or writing Behaviour changes Seeing things that don't exist (hallucinations) Restlessness, agitation, irritability or combative behaviour Disturbed sleep habits Extreme emotions, such as fear, anxiety, anger or depression Age-related memory impairment Forgetting where you left things you use regularly, such as glasses or keys. Forgetting names of acquaintances or blocking one

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