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The symptoms of frontotemporal dementias vary greatly, depending on the patient and the stage of the disease. Some of these symptoms may be confused with psychiatric illnesses such as depression or anxiety. The most common symptoms are:
Behavioural and conduct disturbances:
Inappropriate social conduct.
Loss of empathy and sensitivity to the feelings of others, with the patient being unable to interpret or imagine other people’s emotions.
Apathy and loss of interest in and motivation for interests and hobbies.
Repetitive and compulsive behaviours such as compulsively walking for hours, or performing actions without any established purpose.
Changes in dietary habits, with an increased preference for sweet foods.
Executive function disturbances:
Cognitive difficulties when it comes to planning and carrying out complex activities.
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