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