Neuropsychiatric symptoms an early indicator of future development of neurocognitive disorders

Takeaway

  • Almost two thirds of individuals develop neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) preceding a diagnosis of a neurocognitive disorder.

Why this matters

  • NPS (for example: depression, anxiety, irritability) arise in prodromal dementia, yet their incidence and relation to disease progression are not fully understood. Using presence of NPS to identify individuals in the early stages of neurocognitive disorders would enable earlier treatment, potentially leading to better outcomes.