What is Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)?

By Team Beller / February 10, 2019

About 60,000 Americans have Frontotemporal dementia (FTD).  

What is Frontotemporal Dementia FTD?

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) results from frontal lobes and temporal progressive degeneration. Temporal, insular and frontal damage causes emotional instability, problem solving deterioration, erratic and inappropriate behavior. This also attacks one's language skills. 

Three major frontotemporal dementia types

  1. Behavior variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD).
  2. Semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (svFTD).
  3. Non-fluent/agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA).

Frontotemporal dementia strikes people in their prime, attacking more people under sixty than any other dementia. FTD often invades people in their forties. 

To learn more, please refer to Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and the other books in our Dementia Types, Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Stages, and Prevention Series. 

Dementia Series

Books 1-4

Dementia Overview, book 1 is an introduction to all 14 dementias. 

Behavioral Variant Dementia (bvFTD), book 2  concentrates on the most prevalent frontotemporal dementia.

Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), book 3  is a frontotemporal dementia that attacks language skills.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies, book 4 investigates the most prevalent Lewy body dementia sub type. 

Books 5-8

Parkinson's Disease Dementia (PDD), book 5  is a Lewy body dementia that begins as Parkinson's disease. 

Huntington's Disease, book 6 focuses on a less frequent but no less dangerous dementia.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, book 7 is a dementia that strikes all ages.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, book 8 is an avoidable dementia.