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What are the symptoms of frontotemporal dementia?
As it is defined today, the symptoms of frontotemporal dementia 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;
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.