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Dementia:
Dementia is a disorder of the brain where persons lose the memory, in which the symptoms are personality disintegration, mood, and behavior. This disorder can be permanent when is produced by illness or injury but could be temporary when is produced by drugs, alcohol, or depression.

Depressive Disorders:
Depressive disorders are mental illnesses caused by depressed mood, loss of interest, reduced energy, and suicidal ideas. Disturbance in sleep, appetite, and mental processes are common fluctuations.

Disability:
A physical or mental incapacity which limits routine life activities of an individual.

Disablement:
Persons handicapped by diseases, injury, defective hearing or congenital deformity.