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What is the difference between depression and Alzheimer's?

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If you're depressed, you may find it hard to focus or remember things you need to do. You also may sleep too much or too little, not want to spend time with your friends and loved ones, and feel hopeless much of the time.

People with Alzheimer's also can experience these things, but a physical exam and a conversation about your symptoms should help your doctor make the right diagnosis.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Delirium or Dementia -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Alzheimer's Society: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Dementia."

Bright Focus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

CDC: "Lyme Disease," "Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease."

Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: "Symptoms and Signs."

Harvard Medical School Health Publications: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful."

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms."

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

LymeDisease.org: "Lyme Disease Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Alzheimer's or depression: Could it be both?" "Hypoglycemia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hypoglycemia."

NHS Choices: "Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism) Treatment," "Overactive Thyroid Treatment."

Social Care Institute for Excellence: "Dementia-like Symptoms: What Else Could It Be?"

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: "The Thyroid and the Mind and Emotions/Thyroid Dysfunctions and Mental Disorders."

University of California San Francisco: "Frontotemporal Dementia: Differential Diagnosis."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "The Psychology of Vestibular Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Delirium or Dementia -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Alzheimer's Society: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Dementia."

Bright Focus Foundation: "'Is It Something I'm Taking?' Medications That Can Mimic Dementia."

CDC: "Lyme Disease," "Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease."

Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: "Symptoms and Signs."

Harvard Medical School Health Publications: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Be Sneaky, Harmful."

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Causes and Symptoms."

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

LymeDisease.org: "Lyme Disease Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Alzheimer's or depression: Could it be both?" "Hypoglycemia."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hypoglycemia."

NHS Choices: "Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroidism) Treatment," "Overactive Thyroid Treatment."

Social Care Institute for Excellence: "Dementia-like Symptoms: What Else Could It Be?"

Thyroid Foundation of Canada: "The Thyroid and the Mind and Emotions/Thyroid Dysfunctions and Mental Disorders."

University of California San Francisco: "Frontotemporal Dementia: Differential Diagnosis."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "The Psychology of Vestibular Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2018

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