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(UPI)   Study suggests apathy may be an early sign of dementia. Yeah, like I care   (upi.com) divider line
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4 days ago  
I'm confused.
 
4 days ago  

Unbridled Apathy: I'm confused.


Must be the dementia.
 
4 days ago  
The apathy makes the dementia irrelevant. The dementia makes the apathy understandable.  Win-win.
 
4 days ago  
Not apathy but how about just not giving a f*ck.
 
4 days ago  
"Mood and behavior symptoms, such as depression or irritability, are examples of changes that may be clues to an impending dementia diagnosis"

Or maybe it is just 2020 and we are all depressed and irritable.
 
4 days ago  
I AM THE GOD OF APATHY!!! AND I BRING YOU... eh, who cares?
 
4 days ago  
On a positive note, us apathetic Gen X have been that way most of our lives.
 
4 days ago  

Gramma: "Mood and behavior symptoms, such as depression or irritability, are examples of changes that may be clues to an impending dementia diagnosis"

Or maybe it is just 2020 and we are all depressed and irritable.


Symptoms which are kind of contra-evidence of apathy.

However I suspect all of that, including apathy, could be accounted for by lack of connection to memories and therefore the things that one could be caring about.  Perhaps the depression and irritability result from internal confusion about what they should be caring about.
 
4 days ago  

evilskinnybroad: On a positive note, us apathetic Gen X have been that way most of our lives.


Here here! Also... whatever.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
Whatever
 
4 days ago  

SansNeural: Gramma: "Mood and behavior symptoms, such as depression or irritability, are examples of changes that may be clues to an impending dementia diagnosis"

Or maybe it is just 2020 and we are all depressed and irritable.

Symptoms which are kind of contra-evidence of apathy.

However I suspect all of that, including apathy, could be accounted for by lack of connection to memories and therefore the things that one could be caring about.  Perhaps the depression and irritability result from internal confusion about what they should be caring about.


With severe enough depression, you can have apathy.
 
4 days ago  
NOW we're all doomed.
 
4 days ago  
it's hard to tell with apathy.

One can be apathetic to a situation because they simply do not know enough.
Or one can be apathetic to a situation, because they know enough.
 
4 days ago  
So, I can believe this. My mother was a brilliant woman who had three careers and a fourth in "retirement." At some point though, she started not caring. As she declined, she would go through cycles. At first, the cycles were about six - eight weeks. She'd be not interested in anything and then *boom* she's like her usual self. Reading, talking, engaged.
Nearer the end, the cycles were down to about two weeks each, then maybe a couple of days each. And the "apathy" cycles lengthened. So, one good day, four "meh" days, two good days, five "meh," etc. I felt like things were getting close when she really engaged me, my brother and some old friends. Yep, she went about four days later.
 
4 days ago  
My dad has frontotemporal dementia and I'm his caregiver. Some of the things he says when he's irritable haunt me. I'd say it's the disease but he's  always been an angry asshole.
 
4 days ago  
What about weapons grade depression? Asking for a friend
 
4 days ago  

Han Dolo: What about weapons grade depression? Asking for a friend


Ask *your* doctor if a Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor is right for you!
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
Well I dont care
 
4 days ago  
OK......
 
4 days ago  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Not apathy but how about just not giving a f*ck.


Studies have found that living in the USA tends to increase apathy over time.
 
4 days ago  

Nowhereman: My dad has frontotemporal dementia and I'm his caregiver. Some of the things he says when he's irritable haunt me. I'd say it's the disease but he's  always been an angry asshole.


He might have had limited dain bramage his whole life.
 
4 days ago  

Nowhereman: My dad has frontotemporal dementia and I'm his caregiver. Some of the things he says when he's irritable haunt me. I'd say it's the disease but he's  always been an angry asshole.


I think we all have thoughts that are better kept to ourselves.  Most of us do learn to keep them to ourselves, except maybe in a fit of pique or anger, usually when our ego has been tweaked.  But an "angry asshole" in pre-dementia life probably hasn't had as much practice putting the brakes on hateful things.  Post dementia... they may have no brakes.
 
3 days ago  
Gen-x here.

/ We're boned.
 
3 days ago  

Duck_of_Doom: SansNeural: Gramma: "Mood and behavior symptoms, such as depression or irritability, are examples of changes that may be clues to an impending dementia diagnosis"

Or maybe it is just 2020 and we are all depressed and irritable.

Symptoms which are kind of contra-evidence of apathy.

However I suspect all of that, including apathy, could be accounted for by lack of connection to memories and therefore the things that one could be caring about.  Perhaps the depression and irritability result from internal confusion about what they should be caring about.

With severe enough depression, you can have apathy.


Severe depression really screws up your memory, or the meds do, either way I have.... what was it we were we talking about, oh yeah, memory. I wondered if it was your brain's way of trying to protect you, if for example you were depressed because of some really awful event, then your brain forgets that event to help you move on. Of course if it isn't due to an awful event you just run around not remembering anything much of anything ever while still being terribly depressed.

You get used to it. At this point I don't know any different.

/could just be the apathy
 
3 days ago  

Han Dolo: What about weapons grade depression? Asking for a friend


Do seek professional help. Life is hard enough already, take all the help you can get.

General Practitioners aren't specialists, if what they prescribe for you isn't working seek a psychiatrist's help, even if it just means help in getting the right meds/dosage. Aside from SSRIs there as SNRIs that may be better suited to your friend's individual case. They all have subtle differences in how they work and the side-effects they have, which can be important given they can affect things like anxiety or blood pressure.

In my case I am on a dosage that is higher than what a GP can prescribe, a psychiatrist was necessary, but taking less does nothing, so it's not an option.

/wishing your friend the best of luck
 
3 days ago  

Nidiot: Duck_of_Doom: SansNeural: Gramma: "Mood and behavior symptoms, such as depression or irritability, are examples of changes that may be clues to an impending dementia diagnosis"

Or maybe it is just 2020 and we are all depressed and irritable.

Symptoms which are kind of contra-evidence of apathy.

However I suspect all of that, including apathy, could be accounted for by lack of connection to memories and therefore the things that one could be caring about.  Perhaps the depression and irritability result from internal confusion about what they should be caring about.

With severe enough depression, you can have apathy.

Severe depression really screws up your memory, or the meds do, either way I have.... what was it we were we talking about, oh yeah, memory. I wondered if it was your brain's way of trying to protect you, if for example you were depressed because of some really awful event, then your brain forgets that event to help you move on. Of course if it isn't due to an awful event you just run around not remembering anything much of anything ever while still being terribly depressed.

You get used to it. At this point I don't know any different.

/could just be the apathy


I understand, quite a bit. It's not just the apathy and lessened memory, it's the lack of focus and motivation that I hate the most.  I really hate the lack of focus; it's maddening when I have a lot of work to do and can only work in 10 minute stretches, or start zoning out during the middle of something that needs to be finished right now. Interesting that a trauma can lead to forgetting, isn't it. I wonder if that pattern then becomes repeated, especially if there's childhood trauma - better to not remember much in general than to remember something bad.
 
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