DSM-5 alters dementia diagnosis criteria

Professor Perminder Sachdev, University of New South Wales Professor of Neuropsychiatry, told a media briefing, that previous definitions of dementia required memory impairment to be present.

He said this was a problem in certain groups, such as those with “frontal temporal degeneration, where you can have a patient with significant behavioural change but on testing memory they seem to be okay”.

Professor Sachdev, who was a member of the DSM-5 neurocognitive disorders workshop, said a diagnosis of major