A Progressive Mental Illness; Alzheimer's Disease

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I had the opportunity to meet various patients having Alzheimer's disease while working in the hospital. Most of these people have forgotten their personalities, families and past lives. This disease is usually common among the elderly and it affects their memory. Alzheimer's disease, which is a progressive mental illness, causes rapid memory loss, and affects people's memory, judgment and behavior.

The main cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown but there are various ways to determine the chances of a young person getting Alzheimer's at old age. This early symptoms can be detected when a person have constant memory loss, and easily forgets recent events and places. Restlessness is another symptom of this illness. A person who experiences regular sleep disturbances, may be prone to this disease. Also, someone that is always confused and makes poor judgment and decisions about things is likely to get Alzheimer's disease. Though, majority of the adolescents experiencing these symptoms would eventually get this disease but not all of them.

A person suffering from Alzheimer's disease usually gets agitated and aggressive. Such a person can start to hallucinate, which is feeling, hearing, or seeing something that is not really there. Most people have delusions that are false beliefs about themselves or something else. As the illness progresses, its victims get disorientated to peoples, time, and place. Some people with this illness experience sun downing, which makes them to be afraid of the dark, and as daylight ends and darkness occurs, confusion, restlessness, and other symptoms increase. They also experience catastrophic reactions that make them react as if a disaster or tragedy has occurred. Such people may cry, scream, or start fighting. Those in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease have more severe reactions; they have seizures, with commas and the severity of the disease ends...