Dementia

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists -  - Mental Health Clinic

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists

Mental Health Office located in Costa Mesa, Orange, Dana Point & Huntington Beach, CA

Are you worried about your own memory lapses? Or maybe you have a family member who’s suddenly getting lost in familiar places? If you see signs of dementia, it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists so you can get answers and start with customized treatment to slow down the disease. Plus, you’ll have access to the most advanced treatments and ongoing clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, or Orange, California, or use the online booking feature.

Dementia Q & A

What are the different types of dementia?

Dementia is a general term used to describe a group of symptoms caused by the loss of memory and other thinking skills. There are four types of dementia that progressively worsen over the years, gradually interfering with your ability to perform everyday activities:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Frontotemporal dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, as it accounts for 60-80% of all diagnosed cases.

Dementia can also be caused by medical conditions such as kidney disease and vitamin deficiencies. However, your memory loss improves as the underlying condition is treated.

What symptoms develop due to dementia?

Memory loss is the first symptom to appear if you have Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or Lewy body dementia. However, behavior changes are the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia, then memory loss develops as the disease progresses.

All the progressive dementias cause cognitive problems such as:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Difficulty with planning and problem solving

Dementia can also cause agitation, anger, and changes in personality. For example, patients who were always kind and polite may become rude and irritating. As these diseases progress, they also cause hallucinations and motor symptoms, such as a shuffling walk.

How is dementia treated?

The compassionate team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists offers comprehensive care for patients with dementia. You can receive diagnostic screening and prescription medications that may slow down disease progression and reduce symptoms. Several medications are FDA-approved to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and they may also improve the symptoms in other types of dementia.

Therapy is available for patients with dementia and their families. In the early stages of the disease, patients with dementia may benefit from therapy that helps them structure their environment. Family members find comfort and support as they learn ways to manage difficult behaviors such as agitation, aggression, wandering, and sleep problems.

The team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists also works closely with other physicians caring for the patient with dementia, and they provide ongoing care regardless of the setting.

There’s another important benefit patients with dementia gain from Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists: They operate ATP Clinic Research, a premier facility in Orange County, where they’re engaged in numerous clinical trials for Alzheimer’s medications. You have the opportunity to join a clinical trial if desired. You also benefit from their in-depth knowledge of the latest Alzheimer’s treatments.

If you or a loved one are concerned about memory loss, call Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists today.