When dementia may not be dementia
Once the words "dementia" or "Alzheimerís" are introduced into a patient's medical record, more often than not, this "diagnosis" remains with the patient who may have a memory deficit - even if there has been no formal testing.
And more often than not, each subsequent physician who sees the patient will continue to use the words "dementia" or "Alzheimerís" in their records, again without independent testing.
Thus, in many instances, the "diagnosis" stays with the patient when, absent neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric examinations, the patient may actually be depressed, wrongly medicated, or have other conditions that can appear to be dementia.
Thus, some patients who may have a "Pseudodementia" go improperly treated.
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