Hello I believe I can help you with your question.
The symptom you are describing can be linked to multiple mental health disorders, so I would like to ask a few questions to narrow it down for you if possible.
When did the person first exhibit this symptom? Does the individuals have any memory issues? Is the individual taking any medications? Are there any other associated symptoms that you think would be relevant that occurred around the same time as the onset of this symptom?
By the way the term for this has been called Deja Vu.
Typically with her age, no incidence of seizures, not history of schizophrenia, or dissociation, I would suggest that she may have dementia. Typically the symptoms of short term memory loss, confabulation, and deja vu are early signs of dementia. Now this does not necessarily mean Alzheimer's disorder, as dementia disorders have different levels of severity
Early dementia is usually very hard to detect on a PET scan as well
Here is a list of early symptoms of dementia for you as well
Right now at this point it is too early to tell. It could be Alzheimer's disorder, but it could be another form of dementia as well
Although I doubt it is Vascular Dementia or Lewey Body type Dementia.
Deja vu is associated with a number of mental health disorders, and is usually seen in Alzheimer's disorder as an early symptom.
But she can also have mixed type of dementia, which are quite common and may have symptoms related to Alzheimer's disorder and another dementia as well
Really? Why did they make that determination?
And there in lies the problem, they are only with her for 15 minutes. I think it is too early for the symptoms for them to make a determination that it is not Alzheimer's disorder.
Only if she does not get enough thiamine in her system could she develop Korsakoff's Syndrome
So conceivable yes you do not have to be an alcoholic or have an eating disorder to develop this disorder, but very very rare
Any idea how long the thiamine deficiency was for?
Well thiamine deficiency is also associated with Alzheimer's Disorder too
Yes it is. We do not know the exact reason why the deficiency occurs, but we speculate thiamine dependent enzymes are altered with Alzheimer's disorder. The Thiamine supplements usually provide some mild benefit though especially in early dementia.
It could be, I have no evaluated her or have done tests on her. But I actually have a really simple test that you can do on her, give me one second to get you the link
Aricept has been shown to improve cognition and behavior with Alzheimer's disorder, but I think most physicians would only prescribe it in the later stages of disorder and not in the early stages because of the side effects. Unfortunately we do not have a lot of treatment methodologies at this time for Alzheimer's disorder, but keeping her mind busy with puzzles and walking with her and keeping her active have been shown to slow the progression of dementia
Here is a test that you can do with your mother to help determine dementia
Also her is how to calculate the scores
A score of 10-26 shows mild-moderate dementia.
This test takes around 10-15 minutes to complete
That is good, that can help her
I would suggest seeing a neurpsychologist or neurologist that can do proper assessments on her to help determine her memory abilities.
Is there anything else I can assist you with tonight?
Most neurologists know this test, but is a screen. She should get a full battery of neuropsychological tests.
That I cannot tell you because the progression of the disease varies from individual to individual
For some it moves fast and other it moves slow
Well these are early symptoms she is showing that are typical of dementia, so it is possible the tests may not catch it. They are not as accurate for early symptoms
Well I am happy that I gave you some new information
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