Well, they could be happening together. So one of the things that, and this is where physicians can come in handy, when a person has an MRI you can see where the brain damage is. And so if the brain damage is in the frontal lobes, for example, then this is a disinhibition sort of thing. Now if it’s not, now this person is reacting that way in response to the depression or grief that he or she is experiencing. I’ll give you an example. I was giving a lecture in Toronto some years ago and during the question answer period this man says ‘I have Alzheimer’s disease and I’m glad.’ And I said, ‘really well why is that’ and he said ‘because I can say anything I want.’ It can be both. It could be a person is really depressed and grieving and okay you have that kind of damage, you can’t stop yourself from saying things that you otherwise would, or hey you know I’m from New York City man and I know those curse words and I might really have to work to stop myself from saying those things sometimes. So it could be both. If you get the MRIs and you see where the brain damage is, you can sort of differentiate the two.
Can depression in someone with dementia be due to disinhibition or loss of skills?
By Bill Fisher | October 21st, 2020