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Dementia

Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc.

Board-Certified Adult Psychiatry and Neurology & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Chula Vista, CA

About 5 million adults 65 and older have dementia. Though dementia is associated with getting older, it’s not a normal part of the aging process. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent the worsening of symptoms. At Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., in Chula Vista, California, Ernest de Guzman, MD, Benjamin Gross, MD, and the team of experienced practitioners offer advanced tools and treatments to help those with dementia. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Dementia Q & A

What is dementia?

Dementia is a medical term used to describe various symptoms affecting memory, cognition, social interactions, and decision-making. Damage to nerve cells in the brain causes dementia.

Though dementia is more common in older adults, it isn’t a normal part of the aging process. Your diet, lifestyle habits, and medical history may increase your risk of developing dementia. 

What are dementia symptoms?

Dementia may affect different parts of the brain, and symptoms may vary. Some of the common signs include:

  • Memory loss
  • Trouble finding the right words
  • Poor problem-solving
  • Difficulty reasoning
  • Change in coordination and motor functions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation


If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, the health care experts at Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., can help. Depending on the underlying cause, dementia may be reversible. 

What are the common causes of dementia?

Many health conditions cause dementia. The most common include:

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It develops from specific changes in the brain that damages neurons and the fibers that connect them.

Vascular dementia

Vascular dementia occurs when there’s a change in blood supply to the brain. 

Lewy body dementia

Lewy bodies are abnormal clumps of protein found in the brain that may cause visual hallucinations or difficulty focusing. Lewy body dementia is a progressive form of dementia. 

Frontotemporal dementia

Frontotemporal dementia involves the degeneration of the nerve cells found in the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes. This type of dementia may cause changes in personality and behavior. 

Mixed dementia

Many people may have mixed dementia, which means the change in brain activity occurs from many causes such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy body dementia. 

Medications, nutrient deficiencies, and hormone imbalance may also cause dementia symptoms. These causes are considered reversible forms of dementia. 

How is dementia treated?

Treatment of dementia depends on the underlying cause. For neurodegenerative types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia, treatment focuses on protecting the brain from further damage and managing symptoms.

Treatment may include prescription medications, psychotherapy, occupational therapy, and lifestyle changes. 

Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., also offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy for dementia. The innovative non-invasive treatment uses pulsed magnetic energy to stimulate neural activity in the brain, which may alleviate symptoms. 

To schedule a dementia consultation for you or your loved one, contact Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc. by phone or book online today. 

We Treat the Following Conditions:

Major Depressive Disorder

PTSD

Anxiety

ADHD

Dementia

Parkinson's Disease

Migraines

 

The Treatment:

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
(TMS)

 

Accepted Insurances

Dymphna San Diego TMS accepts VA, Medicare and PPO. Click on “View full list of companies” to see a list of commonly accepted insurances. For specific insurance plan inquiries, please contact the office .

Medicare
TriWest
VA