Management of frontotemporal dementia in mental health and multidisciplinary settings

Mary Anne Wylie, Adriana Shnall, Chiadi U. Onyike, Edward D. Huey

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Abstract

Diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in the mental health setting and issues pertaining to longitudinal care of this population in a specialist clinic are reviewed. FTD is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric disorder, most commonly as a mood disorder. FTD has features that overlap with those of major depression, mania, obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. We describe these features and how to differentiate FTD from these psychiatric disorders. This paper also describes practical issues in the management of FTD, specifically the issues that clinicians, patients and their families face in managing this disease. Areas of clinical care along the continuum are explored; FTD care involves collaborative management of symptoms and disability, and assisting patients and families in adapting to the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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