Forms of Frontotemporal Dementia
Behavioral variant FTD
Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) has also been referred to as "frontal variant FTD" (fvFTD) or "Pick's disease." Approximately 60% of people with any form of FTD have bvFTD. By definition, this form of FTD affects social skills, emotions, personal conduct, and self-awareness. Deficits in these functions most often reflect damage to specific regions within the frontal and temporal lobes. With damage to these areas, people may show mood and behavior changes including stubbornness, emotional coldness or distance, apathy and selfishness. Unlike Alzheimer's disease, which affects a different area of the brain, many people with bvFTD don't show any confusion or forgetfulness about where they are or what day it is, at least at first.