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Pick's Disease: Misdiagnosed And All But Hidden, A Brain Disorder Needs To Be Better Recognized
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Pick\'s Disease: Misdiagnosed And All But Hidden, A Brain Disorder Needs to Be Better Recognized

The majority of people have heard of Alzheimer's disease and may know the names of several other types of dementia. But, they may not have heard a lot about frontotemporal dementia, more commonly referred to as Pick's disease. Like the other types of dementia, it does attack the brain but it affects a sufferer differently.

Initially researched more than a century ago, there is currently no cure or effective treatment at all. It is one of the most misunderstood group of brain disorders and is the one that is most likely to be delayed in diagnosis. Any delay with Pick's disease is even more serious because it tends to kill faster than other.Most people survive less than a decade after they receive their diagnosis, finally.

Doctors tend to make at least one wrong diagnosis before determining that it is Pick's disease. During the process, the patient loses several valuable years and may alienate much of their family in the process.

Unlike Alzheimer's disease, which starts with changes in memory before it starts attacking personality, Pick's disease begins with changes in mood and demeanor. The classic presentation of Alzheimer's also starts in much later life, usually after age sixty five. Pick's disease tends to strike younger people and is much faster in its progression.

There are an estimated five thousand to six thousand people who are affected by Pick's disease in the United States who may not get a diagnosis until it is close to time to die. Because of the way that they are acting, some will have no one left to help care for them. One of the most common symptoms of the disease is a silent apathy that can cause family members to think they are just cold and distant.

The increasing instance of Pick's disease and other types of dementia have led researchers to come to a startling conclusion. Many in the scientific community believe that the disease currently called Alzheimer's may actually be hundreds of related diseases, all with subtle differences within the brain which causes similar but still slightly varied symptoms. Up to this point, most of the drugs that have been developed to slow the progress of the disease has been greatly disappointing, often causing more problems than they solve.

Currently, funding for Alzheimer's research tops that for other dementia, including Pick's disease because it is more well known and may offer more chances for an effective treatment plan. Drug trials for a new treatment plan for Pick's disease may begin in the coming year.


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Good info Amie

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Barbara9  

very informative article

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Wow. Great article. Thanks

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