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Diagnostic Criteria

Standardized criteria to help evaluate and diagnose diseases and mental health disorders.
  • The ability of an adult with cognitive decline to function normally during a doctor's appointment, then revert back to their impaired state once they're home is a common (and frustrating) phenomenon.
  • Uncertainty is hard when you and your family are dealing with inexplicable dementia symptoms. Here are some words of wisdom from a former-physician faced with this situation.
  • While Alzheimer's disease and dementia progress differently in each and every person, it is important for both the patient and their caregiver to remember that a diagnosis isn't an immediate death sentence.
  • The way we deal with difficulties and failures says a lot about how we live our lives. But when these things are caused by something out of our control, like dementia, should we just accept our limitations or fight them tooth and nail?
  • So many people consider sharing a diagnosis publicly to be an act of courage. Yes, this does help to lessen the stigma against diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. But are we making too much of this simple deed? Shouldn't we all be able to share our true selves without fear of abandonment or embarrassment?
  • Cognitive decline is difficult to definitively diagnose, but like other diseases, it can be awkward to talk about this elusive prognosis. Most people don't wish to get detailed updates on others' health, but assumptions can be especially frustrating.
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