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Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia/Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology
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3/2016
vol. 11
 
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Case report

Aggression and stereotypical behavior in the form of watching blood as the first symptoms of frontotemporal dementia in a patient treated with antidepressants

Aleksander Turek
,
Anna Tereszko
,
Adrian Andrzej Chrobak
,
Dominika Balachowska
,
Marcin Siwek
,
Dominika Dudek

Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia 2016; 11, 3: 114–118
Online publish date: 2016/12/20
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The article presents the case of a 50-year-old patient who has been under psychiatric care for depression for 15 years, now admitted due to significant deterioration of her mental state. Interview with the patient and her family revealed behaviors such as watching recordings and images rich in blood or having nightmares with similar themes, and aggressive behavior directed towards animals and humans. Ten years ago the patient suffered from a traumatic brain injury, from that time declaring memory difficulties. Psychological diagnosis of the patient showed significant cognitive impairment suggesting frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Medical imaging and neurological examination revealed pathological changes that support the diagnosis of a probable behavioral variant of FTD. The presented case shows how the symptoms of FTD can be masked by symptoms of depression.
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frontotemporal dementia, depression, impulsive behavior, traumatic brain injury, aggression

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