FTD Doesn’t Always Mean Flowers

FTD also stands for Frontotemporal Dementia (Pick’s disease)

This Syndrome consists of a deterioration of the frontal lobe and temporal lobes of the brain. It is also known as Pick’s Disease.

Symptoms of Frontotemporal Dementia

There are several symptoms. They are 2 types (1) behavior or (2) difficulty with language.

(1) Includes:

  • inappropriate social behavior;
  • social tact problems;
  • No empathy;
  • easily distracted;
  • loss of insight into the behaviors of oneself and others;
  • an increased sexual drive;
  • food preferences change;
  • easily agitated or increased rate of emotion;
  • lack of personal hygiene;
  • repetitive or compulsive behavior; and
  • decreased energy and motivation.

(2) shows language difficulty.  Spatial skills and memory remain intact.

Is it Genetic?

Studies have shown a high genetic component. FTD runs in families.

Treatment

No treatment has been shown to slow the progression of this syndome. In some cases, anti-depressants have been shown to improve some symptoms. If given a drug, please read and analyze the side effects.

Prognosis

Poor. This disease progresses quickly. Life expectancy is from less than 2 years in some individuals to more than 10 years in others. 24-hour care and monitoring at home or in an institutionalized care setting may be necessary.

Here is an organization that can answer more of your questions:

Association for Frontotemporal Dementias (AFTD)
100 North 17th Street Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19103
[email protected]
http://www.FTD-Picks.org
Tel: 267-514-7221 866-507-7222