A-Z of FTD Obsessions

Penelope Roques

People with FTD may develop obsessions. This list highlights some of the ones we frequently hear about, but nobody develops them all!

AAlcohol: increase in consumption, hiding alcohol sometimes works.
BBuying: anything and everything but particularly soft toys.
CChildren: talking to children can cause embarrassment.
DDisinhibition: takes many forms, loss of social graces are common.
EEating: changes in taste often occur, sweet things being preferred.
HHoarding: refusing to throw anything away.
 Hugging: sometimes anybody and everybody.
 Humming: constantly humming, often on one note. The distraction of music, perhaps through headphones, sometimes helps.
FFiddling and touching everything around - a symptom called utilisation behaviour
GGiggling: often for no reason or at inappropriate times
JJealousy: suspicion about anybody or everybody particularly the nearest, dearest and most helpful.
KKissing: sometimes anybody or everybody.
 Kleptomania: acquiring things from shops, explaining the illness to local shops may help.
LLicking: patients may put anything in their mouths, a symptom called hyperorality
MMoney: it may unaccountably disappear, Enduring Power of Attorney recommended.
PPicking up: almost anything but particularly little bits on carpets.
QQuantities: counting objects, arranging things in patterns or having to do a task a certain number of times.
RReligion: over and above previous interest.
SSex: some very sad changes often occur in sexual habits.
 Switches: obsessively switching things off, even the fridge.
TTime: strict adherence to routines, eating, walking, sleeping etc. must be carried out at the designated time.
 Tiredness: may insist in staying in bed or having fixed rest periods.
VVocalisations: clearing the throat, grunting or shouting repeatedly out for no reasons
WWalking: long walks, often the same route at the same time of day
 Wordbooks: constantly reading and repeating words from the book
ZZZSleeping: often spending long periods in bed.