If you or a loved one is showing signs of confusion, it’s often difficult to take the next step. Even if the confusion is minor, tests should be done to determine exactly what is going on and the treatment options available. Dementia may be the cause of the confusion, or the doctor may find some other, completely treatable cause.
There are many, many types of diseases that fall under the umbrella “dementia”. Alzheimer’s Disease has become one of the more recognized diseases thanks to increased community awareness over the last 5-10 years. However, Alzheimer’s Disease is not the only cause of confusion and forgetfulness.
Some of the dementias that you may have heard about are:
- Lewy Bodies (comedian Robin Williams was diagnosed with it after he passed away),
- CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (NFL in the news due to the relationship to concussions),
- Vascular dementia (brought on by a series of small strokes over time),
- Toxic dementia (developed over time due to prolonged alcohol abuse or drug abuse)
- Over 50 total types of dementia disorders.
Complete testing with a doctor, and discuss any questions with that doctor to know what the next steps might be. It’s highly recommended to have a family member or close friend also attend this appointment. It can help the time go faster and act as a support system, as questions are answered.