The term pseudodementia refers generically to treatable disorders that mimic dementia. The most common is depression. Depression and dementia can both lead to reduced motivation, impaired concentration, and mental slowing. Consequently, both diseases can lead to widespread cognitive and memory dysfunctions. Formal testing has shown that purely depressed patients perform better on declarative memory tests than genuinely demented patients, but this difference may be difficult to determine in particular patients. Because depression, with or without the co-occurrence of dementia, is treatable, it should be considered in any diagnostic evaluation. Some instruments, such as the Geriatric Depression Scale, may be useful in diagnosing depression in elderly individuals.

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