Dementia is not just MEMORY LOSS. In fact, certain manifestations of dementia do not involve significant memory loss.
Virtually all forms of dementia include significant psychiatric symptoms. I certainly experience them.
If your doctor is not prescribing psychiatric medications for depression, anxiety, and anger ask why not.
If psychiatric medications you have been prescribed are not working, ask your doctor, why and if it might be useful to consult with a psychiatric medicine specialist, especially one for those with the brain changes of someone with dementia.
A mind map of some of the issues. Click the image to expand it.
This weekend the American Psychological Association is meeting in San Francisco. While certainly not exclusively so, the meeting tends to be dedicated to the presentation of fairly trivial and limited scope, poorly designed research studies.
Psychology should be embarrassed that the focus of the meeting is not developing new and better ways of addressing psychological problems. For instance, I have dementia. So do many millions of people worldwide. At this psychological meeting, there is little focus on actually improving the lives of persons with dementia. The same is true for many other psychological disorders.
How has psychology failed persons with dementia? The following mind map presents my assessment of the situation.
Why does psychology fail persons with dementia? I believe it is because the field wants to pretend it is a science of the rigor of biology and physics, rather than focusing on becoming an evidence-based way of developing better ways of patient assessment, screening, treatment, and communication. What a waste. And remember that I am a person with degenerative cognitive and behavioral disease and I get it. Shame on psychology.