Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a cluster of progressive diseases that affect the regions of the brain that control personality, behavior, language, and decision-making.
Frontotemporal dementia is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer's disease. Frontotemporal dementia tends to occur at a younger age than does Alzheimer's disease, typically between the ages of 40 and 70.
More than half the people who develop frontotemporal dementia have no family history of dementia.
Frontotemporal dementia was once known as Pick's disease.
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