• Jeffrey L. Cummings
  • Lissy F. Jarvik


Elderly people may manifest a variety of behavioral syndromes produced by brain dysfunction. They may show evidence of multiple deficits in the delirious and dementia syndromes or single deficits in amnestic and aphasic disorders. In addition, brain lesions may cause “productive” behavioral syndromes, such as anxiety, delusions, hallucinations, depression, mania, and personality alterations. Furthermore, these disorders are not mutually exclusive: delirium may be superimposed on dementia and is frequently accompanied by anxiety, delusions, and/or manic behavior; demented patients may manifest personality alterations, delusions, or mood changes in addition to their intellectual deficits; personality alterations often develop in patients with amnesia; and patients with aphasia may exhibit delusions or mood changes that result from their underlying disease.


Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Demented Patient Dementia Syndrome Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis 
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