Dementia Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA & Napa, CA

If your loved one is having a difficult time remembering names, expressing themselves, or solving simple problems, they may be experiencing signs of dementia. The mental health experts at Blackhawk TMS, with offices in Danville and Napa, California, understand how difficult dementia can be on the person affected, as well as the family, and offer treatments to help improve quality of life. To learn more about the treatment options for dementia, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Dementia Q & A

What is dementia?

Dementia is a general term used to describe symptoms that affect your memory, cognition, and social abilities. There are many factors that may increase your risk of developing dementia, including your age and family history.

What are the symptoms of dementia?

Dementia symptoms may depend on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include:

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty finding words or communicating
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Trouble handling complex tasks
  • Issues related to reasoning or problem-solving
  • Difficulty with coordination
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation

Late-life depression may also be an indicator of dementia.

If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, you need to schedule an evaluation with the specialists at Blackhawk TMS so you can get the right diagnosis and care. In some cases, symptoms of dementia may be reversed.

What causes dementia?

There are many different causes of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and is a progressive condition that can’t be reversed. Other causes of dementia include:

  • Vascular dementia
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Mixed dementia

Certain medical conditions affect brain function and increase your risk of dementia, including Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Nutritional deficiencies and infections may also lead to symptoms of dementia.

How is dementia treated?

Treatment for dementia may depend on the underlying cause. Your specialist at Blackhawk TMS works one-on-one with you to develop the best treatment plan to help manage the symptoms, and this may include medication and psychotherapy.

Blackhawk TMS is an advanced mental health practice and offers alternative therapies for the treatment of various conditions. While research is still preliminary, it’s been suggested that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be beneficial for those with dementia, and more specifically as a treatment for the late-life depression that may occur before dementia is diagnosed.

TMS utilizes magnetic energy to stimulate brain cell activity, causing the cells to release the neurotransmitters necessary to improve mood, motivation, and brain function. TMS therapy is a painless treatment the team at Blackhawk TMS conducts at the office. To get the maximum benefit, you may need five treatments a week for up to six weeks.  

To learn more about your treatment options for dementia, call Blackhawk TMS today or request an appointment online.