Semantic dementia

Overview

Semantic dementia is a variant of Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and can be the cause of early onset dementia.

It’s a very rare progressive neurodegenerative syndrome which results in the general knowledge that has been learned throughout life to lose its meaning.

Symptoms of semantic dementia include:

  • behaviour and personality changes
  • difficulty spelling and pronouncing words accurately
  • difficulty recognising people
  • addictive or compulsive behaviour
  • apathy or depression
  • able to operate machinery or drive but unable to understand the process or the risks involved

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