Challenging behaviour, BPSD and stress and distress: Potato, Po-ta-toe? | Perry, W. | The Dementia Services Development Centre
In this article, Wendy Perry discusses the use of the term ‘challenging behaviour‘ in reference to people living with dementia. This, she explains, places the emphasis on the behaviour of the person without taking into account the bigger picture. Equally the use of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) makes it appear as though behaviour changes are a) a recognised symptom of dementia and b) unavoidable.
The Dementia Services Development Centre instead recommend using the term ‘stress and distress’, because most changes in behaviour are caused by heightened levels of stress for the person living with dementia.