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Types of Dementia - Frontotemporal Dementia

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The National Institutes of Health defines Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) as a clinical syndrome associated with shrinking of the frontal and temporal anterior lobes of the brain. Originally known as Pick’s disease, the name and classification of FTD has been a topic of discussion for over a century.  The current designation of the syndrome groups together Pick’s disease, primary progressive aphasia, and semantic dementia as FTD.  Some doctors propose adding corticobasal degeneration and progressive supranuclear palsy to FTD and calling the group Pick Complex.  These designations will continue to be debated.  As it is defined today, the symptoms of FTD fall into two clinical patterns that involve either (1) changes in behavior, or (2) problems with language.  The first type features behavior that can be either impulsive (disinhibited) or bored and listless (apathetic) and includes inappropriate social behavior; lack of social tact; lack of empathy; distractability; loss of insight into the behaviors of oneself and others; an increased interest in sex; changes in food preferences; agitation or, conversely, blunted emotions; neglect of personal hygiene; repetitive or compulsive behavior, and decreased energy and motivation.  The second type primarily features symptoms of language disturbance, including difficulty making or understanding speech, often in conjunction with the behavioral type’s symptoms.  Spatial skills and memory remain intact. 


Best FTD Resources

What If It's Not Alzheimer's
© 2003 by Lisa Radin and Gary Radin

Chapter 1
Pages 32-34

Chapter 2
Pages 41-53

Association of Frontotemporal Dementia (Website)

Overview Information
General Information for FTD/MND
General Information about Pick's Disease
Researchers Identify the Protein that Causes Some FTD...
Google Video - Diagnostic Overview (26 minutes)

Pick's Disease Support Group (Website)

General Information

University of California, San Francisco (Website)
Family Caregiver Alliance (Website)
National Institutes of Health (Website)

Other Internet Articles

Northwestern University website has a good page on general information about FTD.


Frontotemporal Dementia - Fact Sheet (2 page PDF)

From the Mayo Clinic

From the Sacramento County Network of Care.

An article from the magazine called "For the Record". The article is called Frontotemporal Dementia, Stealing Lives at an Early Age by Kara McDonald

From Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center

Information from Cardiff University in United Kingdom about FTD

Cardiff Memory Team (FTD)

Dr. Andrew Kertesz tells how Frontotemporal Dementia replaces the clinical terminology of Pick's Disease.

Why they call it Frontotemporal Dementia

Dr. Abraham Lieberman talks about FTD on his website called It is good page about FTD with some interesting brain pictures.

In the NeuroPsychiarty Reviews is this article about "How to Recognize Frontotemporal Dementia"

Dr. Lawrence S. Honig at Columbia University talks about Recognition of Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Frontotemporal Dementia.

At the bottom of this web page is a Previous/Next Buttons. There are lots of pages to read here.

The BBC World Service published this article with Dr. Bruce Miller called "The Art of Dementia." The articles discusses about some pFTD with artistic capabilities.

In the middle of the article is a link to listen to Dr. Miller's interview

+11/07/06 (Heika S.)

Alzheimer Europe offers this web page about "Fronto-temporal Degeneration (FTD) "

This site also offers a web page about "Pick's disease (PiD)"

+11/14/06 offers this web page called, "Pick Disease"


Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia on the Internet where anyone can add information to this site. They have a page for Frontotemporal Dementia.


WebMD offers this web information about FTD


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