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Family & Relationships 9 unusual signs of early onset dementia to watch out for

17:25  09 july  2018
17:25  09 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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While it is rare for younger people (in theirs 20s and 30s) to develop the condition, it is possible to experience signs of early - onset dementia . So let's talk about what dementia might look like, and what you should watch out for .

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a woman in a blue shirt © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland When you think of dementia, you probably think of Alzheimers and subsequently, older people.

If that’s the case, you’re not alone. 

However, although rare, early onset dementia can occur in people in their twenties and thirties and it’s important to know what signs to look out for.

Bustle.com took a closer look at the illness and spoke to experts on how to spot it before it develops. 

a woman sitting on a couch: early onset dementia © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland early onset dementia We commonly associate older people with Alzheimers but younger people can develop the illness also. Pic: Rex

Here are 9 unusual signs of early onset dementia you should watch out for:

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1. An inability to concentrate

Dementia isn’t just about losing your memory. Having difficulty concentrating on a book or  a film, for instance, can also be a symptom.

2. Persistent anxiety

We all get anxious from time to time but if that becomes more persistent, it could be a cause for concern. 

This often happens with dementia patients when they realise what is happening to their health and become anxious over what will become of them.

a person in a white shirt © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland 3. Feelings of depression

According to Dr. Jessica Zwerling, people with dementia often experience feelings of depression as life becomes harder to navigate. 

And while there are many other reasons you could be feeling down, if you think it could be a symptom, get checked out. 

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4. Hatred of any kind of change

Most of us are not big fans of change but tend to adapt pretty quickly once it’s introduced. 

However, according to Dr. Scott Schreiber, a fierce hatred of any new changes to your normal routine could be an indicator that your memory is letting you down. 

a person lying on a bed © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland 5. A change in your mood

While mood swings happen to all of us, a significant shift in your personality is something different. 

Dr. Faisal Tawwab says that a big change, like going from shy to outgoing, ‘can represent a decrease in awareness of inhibitions’ and shouldn’t be ignored.

6. Being unable to remember names

It’s very frustrating when you can’t remember the name of a person you just met at a social event and if this happens regularly, it’s worth noting. 

Recall is something people with dementia struggle with so if someone points it out to you, listen to them.

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a person standing in a room © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland 7. Suddenly being crippled by indecision

If you’re a generally indecisive person, this isn’t a sign that you could develop early onset dementia.

But a sudden inability to plan or organise could be indicative of a problem with your ‘executive function’ and needs to be monitored.

8. Struggling to learn something new

Learning a new skill is always a challenge but those with dementia find it particularly difficult. 

Things like learning how to use a new tool or develop a new skill can pose a major problem for those with early onset dementia. 

  9 unusual signs of early onset dementia to watch out for © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland 9. Losing names of things or places

Not being able to think of the name of something happens to the best of us. 

It’s only a serious issue if the word never comes to you and it’s happening on a regular basis. Another warning sign is using long or vague phrases to describe something simple.  

Before you panic and think ‘Oh, dear God, I just identified with all of these points’, take a deep breath!

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We all experience these things periodically. It’s only if they start to impact your life or you’ve noticed one or more of them affecting you deeply that you should talk to someone. 

Start with a friend or family member and then speak to a doctor about what you can do to improve your situation. 

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