Assessment of Cognition and Affective Symptoms in Dementia
The most prominent symptoms of dementing illnesses are a loss of various cognitive abilities, particularly memory, language, praxis, and judgment. For patients with dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT), the clinical incidence of these symptoms has been documented in several series, some involving biopsy-proven cases (Coblentz et al. 1973; Sim and Sussman 1962) and other involving clinically diagnosed cases (Liston 1977). Clinical descriptions of patients with proven cases of multiinfarct dementia (MID) have not appeared in great detail, but what evidence is available suggests that there is considerable overlap in the symptoms of DAT and MID (Hachinski et al. 1975; Liston 1977). Thus, any assessment of symptom severity in patients with either of these two kinds of dementia must include measures of memory, language, praxis, and, if possible, judgment.
KeywordsDepression Dementia Cortisol Dexamethasone Neurol
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