Actor Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, his family said on Thursday. Here’s all you need to know about the condition.
- Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
- This condition affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.
- Symptoms include several behavioural changes in a person.
By Daphne Clarance: Hollywood star Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with dementia, his family said in a statement on Thursday. The 67-year-old actor, who has had an illustrious career, was already suffering from aphasia, which causes difficulties with speech. He was diagnosed with it in 2022.
The statement, released by his wife Emma, ex-wife and actress Demi Moore and five daughters, said that the actor has been diagnosed with a type of dementia called frontotemporal dementia.
“While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis. Today there are no treatments for the condition, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead,” the statement said.
WHAT IS FRONTOTEMPORAL DEMENTIA?
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) includes a group of brain disorders that affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. In this type of condition, there are portions of these regions in the brain that begin to shrink (atrophy).
Some people face dramatic changes in their personalities and even become socially inappropriate by exhibiting impulsive or emotionally indifferent behaviour. Others lose the ability to use language properly, according to Mayo Clinic.
SYMPTOMS OF FRONTOTEMPORAL DEMENTIA
While the cause of FTD is unknown, the symptoms of the condition include sweating, stealing as part of behavioural change, increased interest in sex, deterioration in personal hygiene, impaired judgement, lack of empathy, loss of interest in normal daily activities, loss of energy and motivation, less frequent speech, distractibility, trouble planning and organising, frequent mood changes and agitation.
IS THERE A TREATMENT FOR FRONTOTEMPORAL DEMENTIA?
Currently, there are no treatments available for FTD to cure or slow its progression. However, several healthcare professionals prescribe medicine to treat the symptoms. Antidepressants could help with anxiety issues and control obsessive-compulsive behaviour. Antipsychotic medicine could help reduce the irrational nature.
Pathologists and Occupational therapists help with the adjustment of speech.