Updated: Jan 12, 2021

Good morning cherished readers, I trust you are all doing well? This post aims to give you an overview of dementia, as well as guide you through how to correctly identify dementia, a neurocognitive disorder from a history taken. As usual I will like to start with a story from the archives.

During my second week in my Psychiatry rotation, a 74 year old man was referred to my facility on account of “talking irrelevantly” from the Family Medicine department. But then irrelevant talk is not a diagnosis, but a symptom to an underlying condition. It was then my duty to take a further history to identify the cause of this irrelevant talk in this elderly man; hence my presence in my current location: Consulting Room 3. This man was seen with his middle aged daughter to give further history about her father’s illness.