Young-Onset Dementia Epidemiology Applied to Neuropsychiatry Practice

Bhargavi Devineni, Chiadi U. Onyike

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Abstract

A substantial number of adults suffer young-onset dementia (YOD). The diversity of types and syndromes makes recognition and diagnosis difficult. An algorithmic approach to interpreting clinical data, informed by clinical epidemiology, integrates data pertaining to defining syndromes and their chronology and tempo, family history, and other neuropsychiatric features and neurologic signs, is used to reach a preliminary diagnosis and direct diagnostic tests and their interpretation. Screening for YOD in the psychiatric context is a rational process in which vigilance is combined with careful searches for red flags that signal a neurodegenerative etiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-248
Number of pages16
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Differential diagnosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Risk factors
  • Screening
  • Young-onset dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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