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  1. No, they are not. They can be caused by Alzheimer's disease as a consequence, but not vice versa. Well, they can be caused due to the fact that Alzheimer's affects brain cells (memory cells), and a person simply forgets not only events, but also himself from part. More precisely, he remembers what happened a long time ago (at the initial stage, short-term memory worsens). In view of this, a person looking at himself in the mirror may simply not recognize himself and not accept the fact that this is him. My great-grandmother had Alzheimer's at the age of 86. And one day, looking at herself in the mirror, she asked: “Who is it?” I answered her: “Grandma, it's you.” “What the hell are you talking about? How old do you think I am?””You're 86.” I'm 60! ” Something like that.

  2. Derealization and depersonalization are different things, after all.

    The first is a violation of the perception of reality, characterized by the appearance of a sense of unreality of what is happening, the loss of the” colorfulness ” of the surrounding world.

    Depersonalization is a violation of the perception of oneself, the appearance of a feeling of “third-person view”, a view from the outside on one's actions, the inability to control them and what is happening in general.

    Indeed, they often exist in conjunction.

    And now about whether these are exactly harbingers of alzheimer's, dementia, or symptoms that indicate a predisposition to them.

    No, it's not. Derealization and depersonalization can occur in different situations. For example, a prolonged stay in a stressful state can cause such feelings to occur.

    Of course, there is always the possibility that these are symptoms of more serious mental health problems, so you should consult a psychologist, especially if the problem causes concern.

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