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Apathy: treatments

There is no definite treatment for apathy. However, depending on the cause, some drugs have demonstrated their relative effectiveness.

The drugs effective on apathy are those that stimulate the neurobiological activity of dopamine and acetylcholine.

These are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors prescribed for certain types of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease; dopaminergic agonists, used in particular in Parkinson's disease; and finally psychostimulants such as methylphenidate.

Other non-drug interventions may be helpful in alleviating disability secondary to apathy, such as behavioral methods, psychosocial aids, and family education and information.

If you notice the symptoms of apathy in a relative, whether young or older, it is advisable to bring him to see his doctor, or even to inform him if your loved one refuses to go to consultation. If necessary, a home visit may be necessary.

The doctor will be able to confirm or not this symptom by means of evaluation scales, to look for the cause, and to propose a medical check-up and / or an appointment with a specialist, most often with a psychiatrist or a neurologist. Treatment, if necessary, will then be adapted to the cause of apathy.

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