About Frontal Temporal Dementia
There are multiple types of Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD). One way to group them is behavioral variant (bv) and language variant (lv). The primary symptoms of bvFTD include changes in personality, mood, behaviors, judgement, attention and insight. Symptoms of lvFTD are described in the PPA/Semantic Dementia (hyperlink) sections.
BvFTD is most often diagnosed in people in their 50’s and 60’s, although it can also occur in younger or older individuals. Diagnosing bvFTD can be challenging and can be misdiagnosed as a mood or psychiatric disorder in the earliest stages. Inappropriate and impulsive behaviors, along with emotional changes are often the first noticeable symptoms.
Treating Frontal Temporal Dementia at UT Health Austin
BvFTD is diagnosed with a diagnostic interview (with both the person experiencing the changes and family) to learn more about the person’s symptoms, a neurological evaluation, brain imaging, and other needed medical work-up. There are no specific medications that treat bvFTD. However, there are medications that can reduce agitation, irritability or treat depression.
About the Comprehensive Memory Center
The UT Health Austin Comprehensive Memory Center at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences serves patients and families who are living with neurodegenerative conditions that impact memory, behavior, and other cognitive functions. Our mission is to put patients and their loved ones at the center and to guide them through the diagnostic process and care journey. We want to help you live your best life, have hope and know that you are not alone. Call 1-833-UT-CARES or request an appointment online.