Seven Reasons Why We Should Diagnose and Treat Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Dementia
Article by Andrew E. Budson, MD
A physician colleague of mine at a Boston hospital recently criticized me for diagnosing and treating her patient. “Wouldn’t it have been better to not tell him?” she said. “Wouldn’t it be better not to make him worried and depressed about having Alzheimer’s disease?”
On the one hand, I was outraged. As a cognitive behavioral neurologist I have spent my life diagnosing and treating people with Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of memory loss and dementia. But as I thought more about it, I realized that many physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals may not know the reasons as to why it is worthwhile to diagnose and treat memory disorders. Here are seven reasons as to why one should diagnose and treat individuals with memory loss.
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