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Recognition of pseudodementia.

Authors
  • McAllister, T W
Type
Published Article
Journal
American family physician
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1985
Volume
32
Issue
4
Pages
175–181
Identifiers
PMID: 4050642
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The most common features of cognitive impairment due to pseudodementia are a relatively acute onset, symptoms of six to 12 months duration; past psychiatric history, particularly depressive illness; age over 50; frequent "don't know" as opposed to "near miss" answers; normal electroencephalogram and computed tomographic scan of the brain, and absence of nocturnal worsening. With this profile, or three or four of these clinical features, a carefully monitored, aggressive trial of an antidepressant regimen is justified.

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