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Warning – Depression Masking as Dementia

Dementia is a brain disorder; depression is a mood disorder. However, because both share several similar symptoms, a memory screening can be a good first step to identify whether a person is suffering from dementia or depression. Proper care can then improve memory, concentration and energy for those with depression, or improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with dementia.

Alliance Home Health Care, Inc. offers helpful, educational information to understand the differences between depression and dementia.

Web Resources:

Click the links below to access resource websites to find out more about how to recognize depression when it’s masking as dementia.

Treatment for Depression Can Cure: That is the Main Difference Between Depression and Dementia
One important difference between Alzheimer’s and depression is in the effectiveness of treatment. While Alzheimer’s drugs can only slow the progression of cognitive decline, medications to treat depression can improve a person’s quality of life dramatically. This Mayo Clinic article provides information about both disorders and links to other helpful sites.

Is it Depression or Dementia?
Article from About.com explains the similarities and differences between depression and dementia.

Depression vs. Dementia in the Elderly
eHow.com explains how to differentiate between depression and dementia by outlining the symptoms; also offers treatment options.

How is Depression in the Elderly Different from Dementia?
Health.com article offers information useful in differentiating depression from dementia in older adults.

Efficient Identification of Adults with Depression and Dementia
Technical, medical journal article from the American Family Physician investigates how family physicians effectively screen depression or dementia cases in older adults. Screening tools included.

Depression Fact Sheet
This fact sheet looks at depression and how it can affect people with dementia, along with suggesting ways to help, courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Society.

National Library of Medicine Search Service
The link for free access to Medline search, the National Library of Medicine’s search service that provides access to over 11 million articles.

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