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Feeling careless and having no concern for their surroundings or what others think could be symptoms of depression, among many other things.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Dressing and behaviour have become sloppy

Possible causes

  • Frontotemporal dementia

    A group of disorders involving the progressive loss of nerve cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain (behind your forehead and ears). The brain shrinks and loses function in the affected areas. It can be caused by several conditions that are not fully understood. A family history of dementia increases the risk.

  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

    Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is also known as mild or "pre-dementia" in which patients experience forgetfulness or other cognitive problems (such as issues with language or thinking) that do not prevent them from daily functioning. A small proportion of patients have MCI due to depression, medication side effects, sleep disturbances such as sleep apnea, low vitamin B12 levels or low thyroid function. Some controllable risk factors include excessive alcohol intake, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, as well as lack of mental stimulation. Patients with MCI have a high risk for developing dementia, which occurs in about 14% of cases.

Related serious diseases

  • Hepatic encephalopathy

    The liver removes toxins like ammonia from the blood. In liver failure, these toxins build up in the body and brain, causing confusion and abnormal behavior.

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  • Do you think you are less attentive to others?

  • Are you feeling down lately?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you struggle to focus or feel less aware of your surroundings?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

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Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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