Functional cognitive disorder: a commonly mistaken condition for dementia?

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

It has been reported that up to one-third of individuals who attend specialist memory clinics could have a condition termed functional cognitive disorder, which is commonly mistaken for early dementia. In the UK, both clinicians and academics have come together to develop a diagnostic definition for the widely recognized but poorly understood condition. Their study has been published in the journal Brain. “Dysfunction of day-to-day thinking processes is a feature of functional cognitive disorder but it is often misdiagnosed as early dementia. While functional cognitive disorder involves impairment of thinking processes, unlike dementia, it is not expected to progress. From...

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