Treatment and management of Pick’s disease

Treatment for Pick’s disease is usually similar to treatment for Alzheimer’s: symptom management that is aimed at maximizing quality of life. This may include medications to manage particular symptoms, regular supervision, and assistance. Treatment should also include emotional and substantive support for the caregiver. If you or a loved one has Pick’s disease, the following may help control symptoms.

  • Sensory function aids. Eyeglasses or hearing aids can bolster failing senses.
  • Behavior modification. Systems that reward positive behaviors can help reinforce appropriate behavior when symptoms set in.
  • Professional therapy. Speech therapy and/or occupational therapy can improve communication and movement.

Medication to control behaviors that can be dangerous to oneself or others. Antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may offer some relief from apathy and depression and help reduce food cravings, loss of impulse control and compulsive activity