What is behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia?
Behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), formerly known as Pick’s disease, is characterised by changes in personality and behaviour. It is a form of frontotemporal dementia.
Symptoms can include:
- Reduction in inhibitions causing behaviour like inappropriate comments or impulsive behaviour
- Compulsive or repetitive behaviours like becoming obsessed with time or rituals
- Experience cravings for things like sweet foods, cigarettes or fatty foods
- May become apathetic and lack motivation, but not be depressed
- A loss in empathy: can appear uncaring, cold or selfish.