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Frontotemporal dementia (FTD)

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a type of dementia caused by damage to the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. These brain regions are responsible for regulating behavior, emotions, language and personality.

The symptoms of FTD can differ from those of other types of dementia. Early symptoms can include behavior changes, socially inappropriate behavior, language difficulties, impulsiveness, apathy, and lack of insight. Difficulties in reading, writing, arithmetic and handling objects can occur later in life.

There is no cure for FTD, but there are treatments that can relieve symptoms. Medication can be used to improve symptoms. 

The history of FTD dates back to the early 1900s when Arnold Pick described a specific form of dementia that later came to be known as "Pick's disease". In the 1960s, the concept of frontotemporal dementia was further developed by John R. Hodges and other researchers. Since then, FTD has become an important research topic due to its unique symptoms and underlying causes.

FTD mostly affects people between the ages of 45 and 65 and is thought to occur in around 10-15% of all cases of dementia. There are also genetic factors that can increase your risk of developing FTD.

Overall, FTD can be a difficult diagnosis because it can often be confused with other conditions, such as psychiatric disorders. A thorough diagnosis by a specialist doctor is therefore essential to ensure appropriate treatment and support.

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