Is it Depression or Dementia?

20 Feb

Depression and dementia share many similar symptoms, including memory problems, sluggish speech and movements, and low motivation. Distinguishing between the two, especially in the elderly, can be difficult.

There are, however, some differences that can help you distinguish between the two.

Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of Dementia

Mental decline is relatively rapid Mental decline happens slowly
Knows the correct time, date, and where he or she is Confused and disoriented; becomes lost in familiar locations
Difficulty concentrating Difficulty with short-term memory
Language and motor skills are slow, but normal Writing, speaking, and motor skills are impaired
Notices or worries about memory problems Doesn’t notice memory problems or seem to care
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