Pick's Disease

Psychology 235-601
July 26, 2014
Pick's Disease
Pick's disease or Front temporal Dementia (FTD) is often confused with Alzheimer's disease.   There is an enormous difference, Pick's disease is a rare form of dementia that affects particular parts of the brain and instead of affecting the memory at first, and Pick’s disease affects the mood and temperament.   If unfamiliar with the disease, then this is an excellent tool to use in the journey of understanding.   To begin the causes will be introduced, the signs, and the symptoms.
The causes of Pick's disease are as follows.   People that have Pick disease have an abnormal substance of Pick bodies and Pick cells that are the contents of nerve cells in the hindered areas of the brain.   These abnormal cells contain and an abnormal amount of a protein named tau.   Even though this protein is common in the nervous system, people with Pick's disease have an increased amount of tau or a weird type of the protein.   However, the cause of the abnormal protein is not recognizable, they know that the disease is passed down in genes of families.
As mentioned above, the first sign to diagnosing Pick's disease has sudden mood changes.   It is known to affect a person under the age of 60.   There have been cases affecting a person as young as 20 years old.   However, the disease is more common between the ages 40 to 60 years old.  
The disease starts slow and gradually gets worse.   The tissues in certain parts of the brain shrink over a period.   Many things change such as behavior, speech difficulty, and problems with cognition slowly get worse.   People with Pick’s disease often have problems with different social settings.   Changes in behavior will get worse and are often one of the most disturbing symptoms of Pick's disease.   Some people may have a hard time with complex tasks, decision making, or with speech and writing.   Behavioral changes include unstable job security, compulsive behaviors, inappropriate behaviors, inability...