Dementias pp 173-194 | Cite as


  • D. De Leo
  • W. Padoani


Memory, orientation, and intelligence are the keys to contact with the outside world and the formation of personal experience. In some circumstances, however, these very functions may be solely a cause for suffering. On perception of a definitive gulf between environmental demands and the capacity to cope with events, some individuals seem to operate, as their last remaining defence mechanism, by completely refusing to respond to increasing outside pressure, which may originate in their personal sociorelationship scenario, or be the consequence of intimate psychic suffering or, ultimately, the result of a complex interaction between the two. In such circumstances, an essential component appears to come amiss that forces individuals to use their cognitive tools to the full in an endeavor to gain complete control of their own experiences, or rather their very reason for living.


Single Photon Emission Compute Tomography Cognitive Deficit Late Life Global Deterioration Scale Presenile Dementia 
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