As Alzheimer's is diagnosed, treated and managed, you may encounter the following team of doctors and specialists as the Alzheimer's diagnosis progresses. Having a team of doctors or specialists with varied expertise will more accurately help diagnose the possibility of having Alzheimer's Disease.
Neurologist - This physician deals with disorders of the nervous system. A Neurologist will differentiate the various nervous system disorders to come to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.
Psychiatrists - A specialist doctor who treats disorders that affect mood or the way mind works. A psychiatrist often helps the Alzheimer's patient control mood swings, associated with disease. They typically provide medical interventions and drug therapies as opposed to analysis and counseling.
Psychologists - A clinician with special training in testing possible memory loss and other mental functions. They nay help prevent and relive psychologically-based distress or dysfunction associated with Alzheimer's and promote well-being along with personal development.
Geriatric Medicine - An internist who has special knowledge of the aging process and special skills in the diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and rehabilitative aspects of illness in the elderly. This specialist cares for geriatric patients in the patient's home, the office, long-term care settings such as nursing homes and the hospital.
Geriatric Psychiatry - Geriatric Psychiatry is a subspecialty with psychiatric expertise in prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in the elderly, and improvement of psychiatric care for healthy and ill elderly patients.
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